Timeless Cuba January 12-20, 2019

Dear W&L Alumni, Parents, and Friends,

Happily, it is still possible for Americans to visit one of the most intriguing destinations in our hemisphere, Cuba. Although several companies are now offering visits, almost all of their itineraries are confined to Havana. Our visit includes a circumnavigation of the island as well as a call in Havana. A nation is invariably greater than its capital, and as a nation Cuba has many sides.

Experienced Cuba travelers and W&L faculty hosts, Mark Rush and Florinda Ruiz will focus especially on the history, art, architecture, and culture. Over the eight days of our voyage, they will help us examine Cuba’s extraordinary architectural and artistic treasures as well as many current issues. Among these will be the impact of Cuba’s agrarian economy on the social and political climate of modern Cuba, and, inevitably, the status of Cuba’s relations within the Latin American community of nations and prospects for improved relations with her huge neighbor to the north.

From the comfort and refined elegance of Oceania Cruises’ Sirena, we’ll observe Cuba’s ever-changing landscapes as we circumnavigate the island. After an overnight voyage from Miami, we’ll begin our visit in Havana, renowned for its many artist studios, historic plazas, grand churches, and vintage American cars. Thereafter, we’ll call in Cienfuegos and stroll the cobbled streets of Trinidad, Cuba’s Spanish colonial showpiece. In the south, we explore the Afro-Cuban heritage of Santiago de Cuba and visit the prized Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, a biodiverse oasis set between pine-clad mountains and sparkling seas. Featuring several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, pristine national parks, and colorful towns and cities, this remarkable itinerary showcases the cultural and natural treasures of a long-forbidden nation. With the inclusion of all meals aboard the ship, superb accommodations, and cultural expertise throughout, this educational cruise is a remarkable value.

Rub Fure, Director, The W&L Traveller

Traveling With You

Mark Rush and Florinda Ruiz

Mark Rush is Director of the Center for International Education. He has written extensively on law and elections in the U.S. and abroad. His current work focuses on the globalization of liberal education. Mark recently served for three years as Dean of Arts and Sciences at the American University of Sharjah in the U.A.E. During that time, Mark's wife Florinda Ruiz, a native of Madrid, Spain, worked as a translator for the Sheikh of the emirate of Sharjah and developed a passion for travel photography. A former Spanish professor, Flor is now director of W&L's Writing Program.

Lecturers are identified well in advance of the operation of this travel program. In the event that an advertised lecturer must cancel due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, all reasonable efforts to identify a comparable replacement will be made, and all terms and conditions pertaining to this program, including cancellation penalties, will remain in effect.

The Oceania Cruises Difference

Relax, unwind, and indulge in the ambience, avor, distinction, and luxury of this masterfully designed ship. A generous staff-to-guest ratio, refined furnishings, and a culinary experience developed by Master Chef Jacques Pépin—an architect of fine cuisine—all combine to make every Oceania Cruises journey a remarkable one.

The Ambience

  • Luxurious yet relaxed atmosphere
  • Renewed style and sophisticated decor from a multimillion-dollar upgrade in 2016
  • Resort casual attire—no formal nights
  • Heated pool and 2 whirlpool spas
  • Verandas graced with beautiful teak and custom stone tile work

The Distinction

  • Impressive staff-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.7
  • Intimate ship with only 684 guests, providing access to more exotic ports
  • Exquisite enhancements include all new Villeroy & Boch china, the finest silver and crystal, and a remarkable museum-quality art collection
  • Award-winning Canyon Ranch SpaClub® and fitness center
  • Enrichment programs including seminars led by naturalists, historians, and local experts

The Flavor

  • The Finest Cuisine at Sea&tm;
  • 4 gourmet open-seating restaurants including Tuscan Steak and the renowned Red Ginger
  • Culinary program created by world-renowned Master Chef Jacques Pépin
  • Unlimited complimentary soft drinks, bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, teas, and juices
  • New features include Baristas coffee bar and the cook-to-order grill at Terrace Café

The Ultimate Luxury

  • All accommodations feature the Prestige Tranquility Bed, an Oceania Cruises exclusive, with 1,000-thread-count linens
  • Suites and staterooms generously decorated with rich upholstery, elegant furnishings, and artistic masterpieces
  • Butler service in all suites
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service

Exclusive Benefits

By matching Oceania Cruises’ lowest prices, Go Next ensures that you’ll receive the best value on your cruise. Plus, from beginning to end, discover a more carefree travel experience with these exclusive Go Next benefits:

  • Pre-trip assistance and information including shore excursion packages and dining options
  • Privileged access to more free airfare* cities available exclusively to Go Next travelers
  • Onboard Go Next Program Managers to provide exceptional concierge support throughout your voyage
  • Private welcome reception to meet your fellow travelers
  • Complimentary bottle of wine in your stateroom
  • Peace of mind knowing that if special Oceania Cruises offers are published after you book your trip, the new promotions will automatically apply to your booking
  • On-call support for those unexpected travel interruptions
  • All major credit cards are accepted for deposit and final payment of the cruise fare

Program Highlights

Spend two days in Havana and dive into the art, culture, and history of this soulful city; be enchanted by Cienfuegos and its inspired neoclassical architecture; uncover Santiago de Cuba’s deeply ingrained history and relish in its lively Caribbean heritage, food, music, and art.

Cruise Itinerary

Jan 12 Miami, Florida Overnight in hotel
Jan 13 Miami, Florida - Embark Depart 5pm
Jan 14 Havana, Cuba Arrive 8am. Overnight port stay
Jan 15 Havana, Cuba Depart 7pm
Jan 16 Cruising the Caribbean Sea
Jan 17 Cienfuegos, Cuba Arrive 7am - Depart 3pm
Jan 18 Santiago de Cuba, Cuba Arrive 11am - Depart 6pm
Jan 19 Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
Jan 20 Miami, Florida Disembark 8am

Early Booking

Book by June 12 to receive:

  • 2-for-1 cruise fares
  • Free airfare1
  • Free unlimited Internet
  • Included 1 night Miami program
  • Includes your choice of:
    • 4 free shore excursions2
    • Free beverage package3
    • $400 shipboard credit

Above offers are per stateroom, based on double occupancy.


CategoryFull Brochure Fare Per PersonSpecial Reduced Fare Per Person4
OS. Owner’s Suite • Decks 6, 7 & 8 $18,098 $8,549
VS. Vista Suite • Decks 6 & 7 $15,68 $7,349
PH1. Penthouse Suite • Deck 8 $11,298 $5,149
PH2. Penthouse Suite • Deck 8 $10,998 $4,999
PH3. Penthouse Suite • Deck 8 $10,698 $4,849
A1. Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom • Decks 7 & 8 $9,298 $4,149
A2. Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom • Decks 7 & 8 $9,098 $4,049
A3. Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom • Deck 7 $8,898 $3,949
B1. Veranda Stateroom • Deck 6 $8,498 $3,749
B2. Veranda Stateroom • Deck 6 $8,298 $3,649
C1. Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom • Decks 4, 6 & 7 $7,498 $3,249
C2. Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom • Deck 4 $7,098 $3,049
D. Ocean View Stateroom • Deck 3 $6,698 $2,849
E. Ocean View Stateroom • Deck 6 $6,298 $2,649
F. Inside Stateroom • Decks 7 & 8 $5,898 $2,449
G. Inside Stateroom • Decks 4, 6 & 7 $5,698 $2,349

Cruise-only fares are available and do not include OLife Choice amenities or airfare. Call for more information.

OLife Choice Airfare Guarantee

Oceania Cruises’ airfare program is guaranteed, no matter how much airfares increase. Oceania Cruises eliminates the hassle of searching for the lowest fare, trying to anticipate price changes, and determining the best flight options. Their experienced air department partners with respected carriers worldwide to ensure a seamless air travel experience.

Fly Free From

  • Atlanta (ATL)
  • Austin (AUS)
  • Boston (BOS)
  • Charlotte (CLT)
  • Charlottesville (CHO)
  • Chicago (MDW, ORD)
  • Cincinnati (CVG)
  • Cleveland (CLE)
  • Columbus (CMH)
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW)
  • Denver (DEN)
  • Detroit (DTW)
  • Honolulu (HNL)
  • Houston (IAH)
  • Indianapolis (IND)
  • Kansas City (MCI)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP)
  • Montréal (YUL)
  • New York (JFK, LGA)
  • Newark (EWR)
  • Orlando (MCO)
  • Ottawa (YOW)
  • Philadelphia (PHL)
  • Phoenix (PHX)
  • San Diego (SAN)
  • San Francisco (SFO)
  • Savannah (SAV)
  • Seattle (SEA)
  • St. Louis (STL)
  • Tampa (TPA)
  • Toronto (YYZ)
  • Vancouver (YVR)
  • Washington, D.C. (DCA, IAD)

Additional airfare cities may be available, plus many other departure cities are available for an additional fee of $199. Call for a complete listing. All airfare is in coach class. Airline-imposed baggage fees may apply. For more details, see the Operator/Participant Agreement. Due to limited flight schedules, an overnight stay may be required at the traveler’s expense.


Penthouse Suites (PH1, PH2, PH3)

In addition to concierge level features, suites also include:

  • 322 square feet
  • Spacious living area
  • 24-hour butler service
  • Course-by-course in-suite dining
  • Coordination of shore-side dinner and entertainment reservations
  • Packing and unpacking upon request

Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms (A1, A2, A3)

In addition to veranda features, A-level staterooms also include:

  • 216 square feet
  • Priority boarding
  • Services of a dedicated concierge
  • Priority specialty restaurant reservations
  • Unlimited access to Canyon Ranch SpaClub® private Spa Terrace
  • Priority luggage delivery
  • Room service from Grand Dining Room menu (lunch and dinner)
  • Free laundry service (up to 3 bags per stateroom; limit 20 garments per bag)

Veranda Staterooms (B1, B2)

  • 216 square feet
  • Private teak veranda
  • Spacious seating area with sofa and breakfast table

Deluxe Ocean View Staterooms (C1, C2)

  • 165 square feet
  • Full-size window
  • Comfortable seating area with sofa and breakfast table

Ocean View Staterooms (D)

  • 165 square feet
  • Classic porthole
  • Comfortable seating area with sofa and breakfast table

Ocean View Staterooms (E)

  • 143 square feet
  • Window with obstructed view
  • Comfortable seating area with small breakfast table

Inside Staterooms (F, G)

  • 160 square feet
  • Comfortable seating area

All stateroom/suite locations and prices are subject to availability. Categories OS, VS, and G have very limited availability. Deposit and cancellation policies for categories OS and VS differ from those listed in this brochure. Please call for details.

Included One Night Miami Program

Enhance your cruise experience with this included one night Miami program.

This carefully crafted program includes an ideally located hotel, a Cuba-focused lecture, a specially arranged sightseeing tour featuring cultural and historical sites, a professional guide, and exceptional concierge support from an on-site Go Next Program Manager.

January 12-13

  • 1 night at Crowne Plaza Miami International Airport Hotel or similar accommodations, with breakfast
  • Transfers from the hotel to cruise ship, with related luggage handling
  • Exclusive two-hour lecture on Cuba by Dr. Jaime Suchlicki, Emilio Bacardi Moreau Distinguished Professor of History
  • Half-day panoramic tour of Miami featuring Little Havana, Coral Gables, and Coconut Grove

Featured Lecturer: Dr. Jaime Suchlicki

Havana-born Cuban scholar Jaime Suchlicki, PhD, is a highly regarded consultant to the private and public sectors on Cuban and Latin American Affairs. He devoted fifty years of distinguished service to the University of Miami and spent the last seventeen years at the university’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies. He is the editor of the Cuban Affairs Journal, an author of numerous publications, and the director of the historical film Cuba: From Columbus to Castro, narrated by Andy Garcia.

Lecturer Dr. Jaime Suchlicki will only be a part of the pre-cruise program and will not partake in the actual cruise.

Global Destinations Management Ltd. and Go Next Inc. are not responsible for injuries or losses resulting from any causes beyond their own respective and exclusive control or for the negligence of the other or any other suppliers or providers. Land accommodations, local transportation, and sightseeing are arranged and operated by Gray Line Miami, which may use other suppliers or providers to render the services. HOTEL AND SIGHTSEEING ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

The Fine Print

Travel Insurance

We strongly suggest purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance information will be sent to you by The W&L Traveller program after you reserve.

Operator/Participant Agreement

Go Next, Inc. (hereinafter GN), located at 8000 West 78th Street, Suite 345, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55439-2538, in return for full payment by you of the amount specified, is responsible to arrange for the transportation, accommodations and other services specified as included in this brochure as and to the extent you have selected them, and subject to the following terms and conditions. Unless expressly specified as included by this brochure, services, taxes and fees are not included.


GN is responsible to you for arranging all included transportation, accommodations and other services. Neither GN nor the sponsoring association shall have any liability whatsoever to you, including, without limitation, any personal injury, property damage, or any other loss, claim or damage related to or arising out, in whole or in part, goods or services offered or included, the acts or omissions of any direct air carrier, cruise line, hotel, ground operator, or other person not its direct employee or not under its exclusive control supplying any services or providing any goods offered or included, acts of God, weather, labor strife, government actions, mechanical breakdowns, war-like acts, terroristic activities or other causes reasonably beyond the respective control of GN and the sponsoring association. Neither GN nor the sponsoring association are liable for incidental, special or consequential damages. If, notwithstanding the above, either or both GN or the sponsoring association is held liable, the amount of such liability shall not exceed the amount of payments made to GN by you.

Neither GN nor Oceania Cruises nor the sponsoring association are responsible for any penalty, loss or inconvenience resulting from air or land arrangements made independently by travelers, including non-refundable conditions, restricted travel or frequent flyer tickets.


A deposit in the amount shown on the reservation form and a signed agreement for each person is required to secure reservations. Final payment is due as shown on the reservation form.





Aircraft and Cruise Line Boarding


All persons must also present a passport with at least six months validity beyond their return date when boarding. Improper documentation, inadequate proof of identity, inadequate proof of age for children under 2, or any other reason may result in denial of boarding privileges. The air carrier and cruise line reserve the right to decline, accept or retain any person on the flight or cruise at any time within their sole discretion. If you are denied boarding privileges, you forfeit all monies paid and will be assessed any non-recoverable costs.


A visa may be required. Information regarding visa applications and fees will be provided after your reservation has been confirmed.

Oceania Cruises' Terms and Conditions

Offers are per stateroom/suite based on double occupancy. Fares listed are cruise only in U.S. dollars, per person, based on double occupancy. Cruise Ship Fuel Surcharge may apply. All fares and offers are subject to availability, may not be combinable with other offers, are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice. 2-for-1 fares are based on published Full Brochure Fares; and do not include Prepaid Charges, Optional Facilities and Services Fees, and personal charges, as defined in the Terms and Conditions of the Guest Ticket Contract which may be obtained from GN. Full Brochure Fares may not have resulted in actual sales in all cabin categories and may not have been in effect during the last 90 days. Promotional fares may remain in effect after the expiration date. Oceania Cruises reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares, fees, and surcharges at any time. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Complete terms and conditions may be found in the Guest Ticket Contract. Ships’ Registry: Marshall Islands. OCEANIA CRUISES’ LAND PACKAGES/SHORE EXCURSIONS: Tours are operated in the various ports of call by local tourist service companies contracted by the cruise line. They are not under the control of GN. Cancellation penalties may differ from the cruise program related penalties. Oceania Cruises may modify the cruise itinerary up to and during the voyage.

Oceania Cruises' Air Program

Due to airline schedules beyond the control of Oceania Cruises, flight times to and from certain destinations may require that travelers purchase an overnight hotel stay, pre- or post-flight or en route. All charges related to hotel stays, including hotel fares and taxes, meals, transfers, phone charges and incidentals, will be at the travelers’ own expense.

Hosts and Lecturers

Advertised hosts and lecturers (if applicable) are subject to availability and may be contingent on a minimum number of travelers; therefore, they cannot be guaranteed.


Any complaints or claims against GN must be made in writing and received by GN within 90 days after scheduled termination of the trip. Any action or suit against GN must be commenced within 1 (one) year after scheduled termination of the trip or be forever barred.

The rights and remedies relating to cancellations and major changes prior to departure, made available under this agreement are in addition to any other rights or remedies available under applicable law. The receipt of that refund by you waives all other remedies. Go Next is not responsible or liable for typographical errors, omissions or misprints. GOVERNING LAW, VENUE AND JURISDICTION: This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Minnesota. Claims arising under this agreement shall only be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in the State of Minnesota.


Travel insurance is available and may provide coverage for unforeseen circumstances that could disrupt your trip. See panel above for details.

International Flights Only

International travel involves stringent identification and documentation requirements. Be sure you are familiar with them sufficiently in advance and early in your planning.


When you are traveling outside of the United States, please be aware that significantly different health, safety and legal standards may prevail. You should plan and act accordingly and exercise good personal judgment for your own health and safety at all times when abroad. If you have special medical or physical requirements, you should investigate your destination(s) beforehand and ensure the care and conditions you need will be available.

Refunds and Cencellations

If you change plans or cancel, your rights to a refund are limited. Upon receipt of written cancellation from you, the following cancellation fees will apply (indicated in days prior to initial flight departure).

Cruise Program Cancellation Fees:

  • 121 days or more = $300 per person
  • 120-91 days = $550 per person
  • 90-76 days = 25% of total fare
  • 75-61 days = 50% of total fare
  • 60-31 days = 75% of total fare
  • 30-0 days = 100% of total fare, no refund

Any requests for cancellation must be communicated to GN in writing. Applicable refunds, if any, will be made within 14 days after the cancellation.


Any physical or mental condition requiring special medical attention or equipment must be disclosed in writing to GN at the time the participant makes a reservation. GN may reject the reservation of any person who, in the opinion of GN is unfit for travel or might be a danger to themselves or incompatible with others on the trip. Participants requiring special assistance, including without limitation those who permanently or periodically use a wheelchair, must be accompanied by someone who agrees to provide the required assistance. GN reserves the right to terminate the participation of any participant whose conduct or condition materially inconveniences other participants.

THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING MEDICAL EXCEPTIONS) TO THESE POLICIES. No refunds will be made for any portion of the arrangements we have made for you that are not actually utilized by you. There is no variance from these policies for the services we arrange as described in this brochure.

California Seller of Travel Registration No. 2077280-40, Washington Seller of Travel Registration No. 602-900-725, Iowa Seller of Travel Registration No. 477

1Free Airfare promotion does not include ground transfers and only applies to roundtrip coach flights only from ATL, AUS, BOS, CHO, CLE, CLT, CMH, CVG, DCA, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, HNL, IAD, IAH, IND, JFK, LAX, LGA, MCI, MCO, MDW, MSP, ORD, PHL, PHX, SAN, SAV, SEA, SFO, STL, TPA, YOW, YUL, YVR, and YYZ gateways. Airfare is available from other U.S. & Canadian gateways for an additional charge. Oceania Cruises reserves the right to assign gateways based on availability for JFK, LGA, and MIA. Gateways are subject to change at any time. Any advertised fares that include the Free Airfare promotion include all airline fees, surcharges, and government taxes. Airline-imposed personal charges such as baggage fees may apply.

2Enhance your vacation experience with unique shore excursions in each port of call. The four OLife Choice shore excursions per stateroom (up to a value of $199 per excursion), if applicable, exclude Oceania Select, Oceania Exclusive, Executive Collection, Food and Wine Trails, Wellness, and Culinary Discovery Tours excursions and will be available for selection approximately four months prior to departure. If the shore excursion amenity is selected, all excursions must be chosen at least fourteen days prior to the sailing. If applicable, Go Next will also be offering Go Next Exclusive Excursions (GNEEs) for your consideration.
Oceania Cruises may modify the cruise itinerary up to and during the voyage. Air arrangements, cruise accommodations, local transportation, and optional shore excursions are arranged by Oceania Cruises, which may use other suppliers or providers to render the services. The agreement in this brochure is the exclusive and entire statement of the agreement between you and Go Next Inc. It should be read carefully.

3The House Select Beverage Package per stateroom includes unlimited Champagne, wine, and beer with lunch and dinner.

4The Special Reduced Fares above are per person based on double occupancy. Advertised fares include round-trip airfare from select cities; accommodations, meals, and entertainment aboard the ship; services of an onboard Go Next Program Manager(s); a private welcome reception; air-related surcharges, fees, and government taxes; and cruise-related government fees and taxes. Round-trip airport transfers of $98 per person and a mandatory Oceania Cruises Cuban visa and health insurance fee of $75 per person are additional and subject to change. All guests must purchase these regardless of nationality (excluding Cuba-born nationals who emigrated in 1971 and after, who require a Cuban passport).
The OLife Choice offer applies to the first two guests in a stateroom. The free unlimited Internet offer is one per stateroom. Guests must choose the same free amenity (shore excursions, beverage package, or shipboard credit) before final payment.