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(CUBA) Jardines Aggressor I & II

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The  110-foot Jardines Aggressor I takes up to 20 guests & the 135-foot Jardines Aggressor II takes up to 24.  Their sole end will be taking divers to to experience Cuba's pristine underwater realm.

"A note from Dom  ...  The reports are simply fantastic from all my friends & colleagues who have recently dived in Cuba .... and we know we're priviliged to be given the opportunity.   This is the diving quality of yesteryear and we all need to do everything possible to maintain & protect, for generations to come, the marine marvel that is the Gardens of the Queen. "   ...  Dominick Macan

Typical Aggressor yacht quality

On each of the Jardines Aggressor I and the Jardines Aggressor II, you will find a large air conditioned salon & dining area with stereo and CD player which has an iPod plug-in.  For sun lovers, there's a sun deck complete with lounge chairs & deck chairs, but also a shaded wet bar and grill area .... and the inimitable Aggressor hot-tub.

On the Jardines Aggressor I, you'll find a big sun deck atop the vessel with the cooking galley and dining room just below on the top deck.   The super-spacious salon and dive deck are located on the main deck ... as well as the two master staterooms which are forward on this deck.   On the lower deck are the 8 deluxe staterooms.

Photographers will find a complete photo center with a computer for digital video & still photo editing.  Individual dive lockers, camera table with low - pressure air hoses and two hot, fresh water showers are available on deck.

Each yacht also has a safe on board to store valuables such as passports, cash, credit cards or anything else you would like to keep safe.  There is no internet available on board.

The Jardines Aggressor II boasts an overall length of 135ft and a beam of 25ft. This sturdy and comfortable yacht is built and maintained to SOLAS shipping standards. She accommodates 24 guests attended to by a dedicated and experienced crew of 12.

Based in the port of Jucaro, south of Ciego de Avila she offers cruises to the Gardens of the Queen 60 miles to the south.

American and local cuisine

A cooked-to-order breakfast, a buffet lunch and an elegant meal at dinner with tableside service are supplemented by fresh mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks.

The menu onboard is varied and plentiful, with a variety of American choices, barbecues and local cuisine.  You will awaken to fresh fruits, hot entrees, cereals and juices.   Lunches feature hot soups, homemade breads, salads and sandwiches and/or entrees. Chef prepared dinners are served restaurant-style and will include salads, vegetables, seafood, beef or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert each evening.  Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are complimentary while onboard.  Due to the high duty charged on liquor, we suggest you bring your special brand from the U.S. or last duty free point.  Due to local regulations the bar will be closed while the boat is in port.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please be sure these are noted when completing your Aggressor Guest Information Survey.  Take care to ensure in advance that your diet needs can be accommodated.

Cuba Travel Programs with Aggressor

Aggressor Fleet is now able to offer two travel programs in Cuba.

Cuba Travel Program I offers 10 days / 9 nights arriving in & departing from Havana, Cuba.

Cuba Travel Program II  offers 8 days / 7 nights arriving in & departing from either Santa Clara or Camaguey, Cuba.  (Begins June 24, 2017)

Cuba Travel Program I - Jardines Aggressor I

During this 9-night program, not only will you dive one of the planet's most well-protected marine environments, but you will also have the opportunity to learn about Cuba’s unique marine environment with the Oceans for Youth Foundation People-to-People educational program.

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As this program is different from the average diving trip, we are including travel & accomodation details here on the liveaboard page.  You'll find  information about the entire program, your Havana accommodation, getting to and from the Jardines Aggressor ... and what's included ... read more

You will spend 2 hotel nights at the Iberostar Parque Central Hotel in Havana and will meet with Cuban scientists and marine experts to discuss ocean conservation, then visit the towns of Cojimar and Habana Vieja before spending a week on the Jardines Aggressor liveaboard.  Seven days of the program will be spent on the Jardines Aggressor liveaboard exploring the spectacular Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina) National Park, located 60 miles off the southern coast.

Cuba Travel Program Includes:

  • Transfers to/from Havana José Martí International Airport which is 9 miles from Havana ...  (all guests arriving on Thursday up until 5pm are greeted at the airport by a Cuban representative who will assist you with your luggage and transportation to the hotel)
  • 2 nights hotel accommodations at the Iberostar Parque Central Hotel in Havana (pictured above) including all meals
  • Thursday dinner and informational briefing
  • Friday meeting with Cuban scientists & biologists speaking on ocean conservation and research
  • Friday visits to the Fortress of El Morro or Hemingway House + the town of Cojimar & Old Havana with lunch in Bodeguita del Medio and dinner at Cafe de Oriente or Moraleja
  • Saturday transfer from Havana to Jucaro to board the Jardines Aggressor I
  • Sunday to Friday .... Gardens of the Queen scuba diving & meetings with Cuban biologists
  • Saturday disembarkation, then transfer to Havana José Marti International Airport

Guests must arrive by 5 pm Thursday for the 7 pm dinner and evening program.

Passport & Visa Documentation
A passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your return date for your international flight.   Some countries will require a Visa.   As a traveler, you are required to obtain all necessary documents for entry requirements to your destination.   Your Passport details must be current and exactly the same as the Letter of Authorization at the time of travel. (You will print the Letter of Authorization when completing the Guest Information Survey prior to departing) Travelers are on a People-To-People Program.

Hotel Accommodations - Parque Central Hotel, Havana
Your Havana hotel is the elegant 5-star Iberostar Parque Central Hotel located in central Havana, Cuba & known for its Spanish colonial-style architecture. It's only 20 minutes from the international airport.  The restaurant offers international & Cuban cuisine.

Transfer to the boat & diving Gardens of the Queen
Saturday morning travelers will enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel from 7 - 7:45 am before departing Havana as a group at 8 am for a 5 - 6 hour drive (lunch included) to Jucaro to board the boat.   Diving will be offered from Sunday until Friday around noon. The Jardines Aggressor will depart Friday after lunch back to Jucaro where travelers will stay onboard for dinner then depart Saturday morning as a group back to the José Martí Airport for their flight home.

Return to the airport
Saturday morning between 4 - 5 am, travelers will depart the Jardines Aggressor for a 6 hour trip to the José Marti International Airport where the Cuba Travel Program will end. Travelers will stop for lunch on the way to the airport. Arrival at the airport will be at approximately 12 pm.

Cuba Airport Departure Tax
There is a required departure tax of $25CUC (Cuban Peso) per person that has to be paid in CUC if it is not included in the price of your airline ticket. Some airlines will include the departure tax, please verify with the airline carrier.

Cuba Travel Program II - Jardines Aggressor II

During this 9-night program, not only will you dive one of the planet's most well-protected marine environments, but you will also have  the opportunity to learn about Cuba’s unique marine environment with the Oceans for Youth Foundation People-to-People educational program.

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Although this is a more traditional program, for easier comparison of the two programs,we are including travel & accomodation details of both.  You'll find detailed information about Program II.  Open ...

On the Cuba Travel Program II, you will have 7 nights onboard the Jardines Aggressor II and the opportunity to explore the spectacular Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina) National Park, located 60 miles off the southern coast.  During the week, Cuban specialists will host nightly discussions and presentations on the marine environment, conservation, and the importance of this magnificent ecosystem.

Cuba Travel Program II details:

  • Transfers are included to/from the Santa Clara Airport (Abel Santamaria Airport) or Camaguey (Ignacio Agramonte Airport); both are located 2 1/2 hours from Jucaro where the Jardines Aggressor II departs from.
  • Transfers are included for flights arriving by 6 pm Saturday. Guests arriving before may wait for the transfer. Travelers must be onboard Saturday evening for dinner and the program.
  • During the week, Cuban biologists will be speaking on ocean conservation and the ecosystem of the Gardens of the Queen.
  • Diving at the Gardens of the Queen starts Sunday morning to Friday.
  • Saturday at 8 am disembarkation transfer to the Santa Clara Airport or Camaguey Airport. Includes a tour and lunch arriving at the airports at approximately 1 pm.
  • All meals are included in the Cuba Travel Program.

All travelers must be onboard by Saturday evening to depart for the Gardens of the Queen early am. Throughout the week, scuba diving will be offered from Sunday until Friday afternoon. The Jardines Aggressor II will arrive back to Jucaro Friday afternoon where travelers will stay onboard for dinner then depart Saturday morning at 8 am as a group back to the Santa Clara or Camaguey Airports for their flight home. (2 1/2 travel time)

Passport & Visa Documentation
A passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your return date for your international flight.   Some countries will require a Visa.   As a traveler, you are required to obtain all necessary documents for entry requirements to your destination.   Your Passport details must be current and exactly the same as the Letter of Authorization at the time of travel. (You will print the Letter of Authorization when completing the Guest Information Survey prior to departing) Travelers are on a People-To-People Program.

Cuba Airport Departure Tax
There is a small required departure tax of that has to be paid in Cuban Pesos which may not included in the price of your airline ticket. Some airlines will include the departure tax, please verify with the airline carrier.

Liveaboard accommodation ... diving ... what's included

  • The Jardines Aggressor I has 10 air-conditioned cabins accommodating up to 20 people:
    • 2 master staterooms, en-suite, picture window & with twin beds convertible to queen
    • 7 deluxe staterooms, en-suite, with side by side twin beds & a porthole
    • 1 deluxe stateroom, en-suite, with side by side twin beds & no port window

    All cabins have private shower rooms, individual climate control, TV/DVD  and hairdryers.

  • The Jardines Aggressor II has 12 air-conditioned cabins accommodating up to 24 people:
    • 2 balcony suites each with double side-by-side beds
    • 10 deluxe staterooms each with single side-by-side beds

    All cabins have private shower rooms, individual climate control, TV/DVD  and hairdryers.
  • Diving amenities include:
    • up to 4 dives per day
    • all dives are done from tenders
    • 80 cubic ft. tanks
    • nitrox is available ... but must be pre-arranged & pre-paid
  • Included on all cruises:
    • accommodation & diving
    • meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages plus local beer & wine served with dinner
    • compressed air, tanks, weights and weight belts
    • airport transfers on day of arrival and departure
  • Extras (rates subject to change):
    • airfare
    • nitrox
    • Aqualung rental gear  & photo equipment not available in 2016
    • port fees

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