A Dream island
Many of the places visited during your holiday in the tropics with an MSC cruise to the Caribbean, Cuba and Antilles are sure to stay with you.
Of these, Isla de la Juventud could have served as an inspiration for the perfect deserted island setting for a thousand different adventures thought up by writers such as Stevenson and Barrie.
With a shape similar to a giant apostrophe, it has less than 90,000 inhabitants: Nueva Gerona, its biggest city, is home to 15,000 of them. Also known as Isla de Pinos (Isle of Pines), most of its territory is dedicated to the preservation of nature. Parque Nacional Ciénaga de Lanier has been protecting the island’s indigenous plant and animal life since the turn of the 21st century, while Parque Nacional Marino de Punta Frances Punta Pedernales runs along the southern coast of the island and has been protecting the Cuban sea species for over 30 years.
Once disembarked from your cruise ship
, an MSC Cruises excursion will take you to the uncontaminated waters of the National Sea Park
for some exciting snorkelling
. However, an MSC cruise to Cuba is not limited to natural beauty: the island’s turbulent history marked by military coups and revolutions has left evidence in every corner. Isla de la Juventud was so remote in the past that it was chosen as a detention centre
. During your holiday to the Caribbean, you should not miss out on the remains of Presidio Modelo.
A short distance from Nuova Gerona, this ex prison was closed at the end of the 1960s and transformed into a museum. To this day its circular blocks with cells once filled with prisoners that were watched from central observation towers sends goose bumps down visitor’s spines. Another revolution-themed excursion
will take you to Museo Finca El Abra
, a property with links the 19th century Cuban hero José Martí