Miami Mexico & Cuba
A super combination of Miami Mexico & Cuba. Fly from the UK to Miami for a 3 night pre-cruise stay, before joining MSC’s Armonia for a 7 night cruise taking in Costa Maya & Cozumel, plus an overnight stay in Havana.
Miami Mexico & Cuba Stay & MSC Cruise details
Miami Hotel: The Colony, South Beach
The Colony Hotel on South Beach, Miami is an Art Deco Treasure. Recognized around the world as the undisputed symbol of South Beach, the Colony Hotel in Miami Beach has set the standard for hospitality and style since 1935. Located at the celebrated block of Ocean Drive and Seventh Street, the hotel is an Art Deco treasure. Decorated in comfortable shades of green and beige accents with dark browns, guest accommodations at the Colony Hotel in South Beach complement Art Deco heritage with a contemporary flair.
MSC Armonia – Miami Mexico & Cuba – An MSC Cruise
MSC Armonia is a ship beyond simple definitions, combining classic cruise liner ambience with luxury modern comforts and resort facilities – all in perfect harmony!.There’s an elegant bathing complex with twin outdoor pools, whirlpool baths and sinuous lines, a state-of-the-art gym, shuffleboard, minigolf, the exotic MSC Aurea Spa offering the finest modern beauty treatments and blissful Balinese massages, the glittering Starlight Disco, Palm Beach Casino and airy La Fenice Theatre.
- Return flights from the UK
- 3 nights stay in Miami
- 7 night MSC Cruise
Any applicable hotel / resort fees – payable locally
Price based on 1 November 2019 departure, flying from London Heathrow. Alternative dates, durations & departure airports available on request
If you’re sticking to the most popular areas in Miami Beach and downtown, though, you can zip around easily by bus and on foot. During an MSC cruise in the Caribbean most people spend their time in South Beach, a fairly small area at the southern end of the sand bar, where you’ll find many of Florida’s leading art galleries, trendsetting restaurants, and much of its boisterous club scene.
Heading north, Central Miami Beach was where 1950s screen stars had fun in the sun and helped cement Miami’s international reputation as a glamorous holiday spot. Surprisingly few tourists venture beyond Miami Beach, and so miss out on some of the most enticing parts of the city.
Tucked away in the Miami-Dade Cultural Center are the city’s excellent history and art museums, while Bayside Marketplace is the staging post for boat tours of Miami’s most exclusive offshore keys. To the north sits the city’s buzziest neighbourhood, the strip of land along and around Biscayne Boulevard, known as the Biscayne Corridor; it includes the dazzling Performing Arts Center, the art galleries and showrooms of Wynwood and the Design District, and even the grubby but thrilling immigrant neighbourhood known as Little Haiti.
The first of Miami’s Cubans settled southwest of downtown, just across the Miami River, in Little Havana. This is still one of the most intriguing parts of the city, rich with Latin American looks and sounds, though it’s less solidly Cuban than it used to be.
During your MSC cruise to the Caribbean, Cuba and Antilles, you will dock at Roatán, the biggest as well as the most developed of the islands.
With a low mountain chain crossing it from end to end, Roatán, like the other islands in the bay, has deep coves protected by coral reefs along the coast facing Honduras, which have proved a safe landing place for ships through the centuries. Its main settlement, Coxen Hole or Roatán Town, took its name from the pirate John Coxon, who seems to have anchored his ship here at the end of the 15th century. Now the times of the pirates are past; however, if you disembark here, you will be able to visit a modern reconstruction of an old galleon at Dixon Cove.
Many other more modern relics dot the coast of Roatán. Some have even become preferred diving sites for scuba divers of all experience levels. By participating in an MSC Cruises excursion, you will be able to visit the western tip of the island where you will pass a pleasant day shopping. Disembarking from your MSC cruise ship will allow you to explore every corner of Roatán in complete safety. About midway along the island, which is 60 km long, there is a bend in the coast, which protects Parrot Tree Beach and its tourist facilities.
Just a short distance from the open ocean, you will be able to pass a serene day swimming in a lagoon with a sandy bottom, pampered by the services of one of the island’s most beautiful and exclusive resorts. Roatán also has a golf course and several adventure parks where you can have fun with your family darting from tree to tree across suspension bridges and zip lines.
The two towns in the area, Mahahual and the smaller Xcalak, were hit hard by Hurricane Dean in 2007. Mahahual was rebuilt, but Xcalak is still quite battered. On an MSC Caribbean and Antilles cruise you will typically stay around Mahahual, while divers and anglers head south to Xcalak. If you stop for only one ancient site in the Río Bec area, Kohunlich is your best excursion choice.
The ruins, seldom visited by anyone other than enormous butterflies and wild parrots, are beautifully situated, peering out above the treetops. The buildings date from the late pre-Classic to the Classic periods (100–900 AD) and the majority are in the Río Bec architectural style. Foliage has reclaimed most of them, except for the Templo de los Mascarones, which is named after the five 2m-high stucco masks that decorate its facade.
Disturbing enough now, these wide-eyed, open-mouthed images of the sun god, Kinich Ahau, once stared out from a background of smooth, bright-red-painted stucco. Also look for an elite residential area called the 27 Escalones, worth the detour to see the great views over the jungle canopy from the cliff edge on which it is built. Set in a drier area with sparse trees, these two neighbouring ruins are an interesting contrast to Kohunlich.
Kinichná’s hulking pyramid, built in metre-high stones, layer upon layer by successive leaders, barely clears the trees, but you can look over the surrounding terrain (and spot a glimpse of the Dzibanché ancient Maya archaeological site), now broken into farmland.
A holiday to Mexico with MSC Cruises will present you with restaurants, souvenir shops and jewellery stores, all along the malecón (Av Rafael Melgar) in downtown San Miguel.
If you fancy a museum, the attractive Museo de la Isla de Cozumel has small displays of the flora, fauna and marine life of the island, as well as a good collection of Maya artefacts and old photos.
If you’re not a diver, there’s a certain appeal in wandering the relaxed inland blocks of San Miguel, away from the piers, spotting Maya ruins and birds (the Maya called the island cuzamil – “land of the swallows”) in the dense forests and being the only person on the windswept eastern beaches.
Midway across the island, San Gervasio is the only excavated Maya site on Cozumel. With several small temples connected by sacbeob, or long white roads, it was one of the many independent city-states that survived the fall of Chichén Itzá, flourishing between 1200 AD and 1650 AD. As part of a larger nature reserve the site is worth a visit for the numerous birds and butterflies you can spot early in the morning or late in the day.
Another place to visit is Xcaret, a surprisingly pleasant theme park: it offers all the Yucatán’s attractions in one handy place, with a museum, a tropical aquarium, a “Maya village”, a beach, some small authentic ruins, pools and more than a kilometre of subterranean rivers down which you can swim, snorkel or float. On the other hand, neighbouring Xplor is dedicated to ziplines and other outdoor adventure.
It’s buildings have sinuous lines, and its colours and spiced aromas are intoxicating. The aroma of the city’s famous cigars floats through the air, beaches of sugary hues smoothly transition into transparent waters of the sea, music accompanies the captivating movements of the Caribbean dances, and cars from a different century create a moving exhibit in the streets of the city centre: sailing with MSC Cruises to Cuba will let you to touch this fascinating world with your own hands.
On your trip, as soon as you disembark from your cruise ship, an excursion will take you on a discovery of the capital, a populous city full of contradictions with over two million inhabitants. One of the must see places to visit is Castillo del Morro: a fortress constructed on a hill in the 16th century that takes its name from one of the Biblical Wise Men. From here, you can reach Vieja Habana (Old Havana), a UNESCO world heritage site, with its Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de la Catedral. Bodeguita del Medio, a locale where personalities such as Ernst Hemingway, Salvador Allende and Pablo Neruda often stopped to sip a mojito, is a must stop. El Capitolio (the Capital Building), one of Cuba’s symbols, stands out in its whiteness from amongst the colorful colonial buildings. Plaza de la Revolución is also of great impact; here the memorial to the national hero José Martí and the Interior Ministry with the famous image of Che Guevara made by Enrique Ávila and inspired by a statue of Alberto Korda, are situated. But, a trip to Havana will also take you beyond squares and buildings. For example, Varadero is considered the most beautiful beach in the world.