Mr. Hand: “Am I hallucinating here? Just what in the hell do you think you’re doing?”
Spicoli: “Learnin’ about Cuba. Havin’ some food.”
– Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Chances are that on that day Spicoli didn’t learn about how he could legally travel to Cuba from Miami through New York-based travel company Group IST. As it turns out, they have recently secured permission and passage from the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets to offer an 8-day tour under the government’s “People-to-People” exchange program with trips slated to begin by December.
There is, however, a twist but it’s a beautiful one. You’ll be traveling by yacht.
The S/C Panorama will be your floating home for this jaunt down to a paradise of beaches, culture, music, cuisine and the finest cigars anywhere on earth. It’s a 3-masted sail cruiser which can accommodate up to 49 passengers in 25 cabins. This state-of-the-art sail cruiser has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings and has sailed from the Seychelles to Monte Carlo and from the Black Sea to Tunis and offers the highest standard of accommodation and comfort safety.
Your Caribbean journey will include two days in Havana with one in Cabo San Antonio, Cayo Largo, Trinidad and Cienfuegos respectively. The itinerary runs the gamut of museums, city tours and local artists to meetings with restaurant chefs, a visit to an 18th century coffee plantation and a designated Biosphere Reserve and eco/community. All the while, you’re interacting with the people you meet with the help of interpreters and guides.