Tauck, the world’s leading escorted travel and river cruise company, which celebrates its 25th small ship ocean cruising anniversary next year, has announced plans to double the company’s small ship cruising capacity, as well as introduce a new itinerary in Cuba.
“We’re destination explorers at Tauck and some destinations are best explored by both land and sea,” said Jennifer Tombaugh, President of Tauck. “Tauck Small Ship Cruising is our first product line to sell out each year. By adding new destinations and expanding our capacity with Ponant, we’re able to provide more choice and more availability in order to better serve the current and growing demand.”
An expanded partnership with French-owned cruise line, Ponant, will see the introduction of four new luxury cruise yachts throughout 2018 and 2019. The first of these, Le Lapérouse, a luxe mega-yacht boasting 92 staterooms and suites, will be launched in the summer of 2018 with the first Tauck sailing departing on 3rd July for the “Iceland: Land of Fire & Ice” itinerary. This popular seven-night cruise enjoys the delights of picturesque fishing villages and remote island farmland as well as exploring cosmopolitan Reykjavik.
“Today, Tauck utilises five Ponant ships for 10 itineraries. By 2020, we’ll be sailing on nine Ponant ships, further supporting our investment in growing the category,” added Tombaugh.
2018 will also see the launch of a new Cuba itinerary for Tauck aboard the three-masted yacht, Le Ponant. The ten-day journey, which has departures on 14th, 23rd and 28th December 2018, explores the coastal gems between Havana and Santiago de Cuba and includes a two-night hotel sight in Havana complete with guided Tauck sightseeing.
Guests are invited to follow in Ernest Hemingway’s footsteps, vising his former winter home outside Havana, as well as the local fishing village that inspired one of his most famous novels The Old Man and The Sea. The itinerary also offers immersive experiences in the Cuban culture through involvement in People-to-People activities including meeting local artists and dining with Cuban families at privately run paladares.