Cienfuegos & Graphic Arts Society Workshop
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Approximately 6 Hours
A strong French influence -- the legacy of the early founders of Cienfuegos -- lends a distinctly different air to this old and dignified city. Long pedestrian promenades, a grid system and some fine examples of neo-Classical architecture welcome you.
The visual arts form the cultural backbone of Cienfuegos, and indeed of Cuba itself, and you will visit a Cienfuegos Graphic Arts Society community development project called Graphic Art in your Hands. This is an opportunity to appreciate the artwork of local artists and to interact with members of the community. The exhibits and contributors rotate and change, but among the possibilities are a national stamp collecting initiative; Imagining UNITED -- interaction with young Downs Syndrome artists; In the 4 Corners -- a program for the extension of creative processes into Cienfuegos' neighborhoods; and summer workshops in public open spaces catering to children and young people. The society is backed by a number of influential and prominent artist and politicians.
Next, set out on a walking tour through Cienfuegos. As you travel, your guide will point out the significant landmarks, including José Martí Park and the Tomás Terry Theater. As you explore San Fernando Boulevard and Santa Isabel Boulevard -- two major pedestrian thoroughfares -- your guide will acquaint you with life in Cuba. You'll hear all about the ration system and dual currency, and see the stores where the locals shop -- they're quite different from those at home. Casa del Fundador, now a souvenir shop, was once the home of the city's founder, Louis d'Clouet.
Take a panoramic drive through the Punta Gorda area, with beautiful panoramas and historic buildings such as Palacio del Valle. A local lunch with a beverage is included. End your tour with a local artist's exhibition or performance before returning to the ship.
Actual tour duration may vary from 5 to 6 hours as the ship has to navigate the narrow channel to and from the anchorage during daylight hours.
Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Walking is required on uneven ground. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
Tour times are estimates and may be subject to change. Tours may run in different order to provide the best experience.
The community project associated with this tour is included to promote further understanding and interaction with the Cuban people. As is the fluid nature of community projects in Cuba, the location and type of community project visited may vary to provide the best experience for our guests.
Regulation Notes Regarding Tours:
Pursuant to November 8, 2017 changes in U.S. regulations with respect to People to People travel authorization to Cuba, guests who wish to disembark in Cuba and do not qualify for other categories of authorized travel must participate in either a full-time group People to People program sponsored by either Holland America Line or a third-party U.S. sponsoring organization.
After guests have completed their required full-time schedule of People to People activities, they are welcome to explore Cuba on their own or participate in evening HAL excursions (not designed to be People to People programs).
This tour is designed to be in compliance with People to People guidelines.