A well-run liveaboard with a knowledgable and responsive crew.

Gregory R.

Trip Info

2021 Rates

$4,100.00 per person 

$2,665.00 non-diver rate

$3,200.00 per person July-September special

$3,500.00 per person October-December Special

We are the only liveaboard in the Gardens of the Queen offering 4 daily dives

PORT FEES
$300.00 per person (permits and conservation fees)

2022 Rates

$4,400.00 per person 

$2,965.00 non-diver rate

$3,400.00 per person July-September Special

$3,800.00 per per January – June Special

We are the only liveaboard in the Gardens of the Queen offering 4 daily dives

PORT FEES
$300.00 per person (permits and conservation fees)

Booking Single? We will pair you with another guest of the same gender. 

Single supplement fee for those who wish to have a private cabin is 20% more through April 30, 2021.  After this date it goes back to 65% more.

 

Departs from

Port Jucaro, Cuba
U.S. citizens are required to travel to Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) and then transfer via bus. (See Ground Transportation from Havana below.)

Boarding:  Saturday, 2:00pm

Returns to

Port Jucaro, Cuba
U.S. travelers are required to depart from Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport (HAV). Transfer from the dock via bus to the airport.

Disembark: Saturday 9:00am

Sample Itinerary

Itineraries are weather dependent and tailored to best diving available each trip.

Saturday: 
Early Morning – Depart Havana for Port Jucaro, a 6-7-hour trip
Mid-to-late afternoon – Arrive at the dock, board, check in, enjoy dinner, meet the crew, unpack, orientation and safety briefing, prep dive equipment, sustainability workshop program
Evening – Travel to the marine park, a 4-hour trip

Sunday to Friday:
6:30am – Breakfast – made-to-order
7:30am – Depart for first dive following dive briefing
9:00am – Return to boat for snack
10:00am – Depart for second dive, following dive briefing
12:00pm – Return to boat for lunch
1:30pm – Depart for third dive following dive briefing
3:00pm – Return to boat for afternoon snack
4:00pm – Depart for fourth dive following dive briefing or if a night dive is scheduled, take a shore excursion
6:00pm – Return to boat to relax or enjoy Happy Hour
8:00pm – Dinner, plan for next day’s activities, review video footage and photos, sustainability workshop program

*4 dives per day including 2 night dives during the trip; additional night dives possible on request by chatting with your dive guide. Friday dives are limited to 2 to allow 24-hours prior to flying.

Friday:
4:00pm – Return to Port Jucaro
Overnight on All Star Avalon II

Saturday:
9:00am – Disembark and U.S. citizens depart or Havana, a 6-7-hour trip

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Included

  • Accommodations
  • All meals, snacks and beverages (soft drinks, bottled water, wine, beer and rum drinks)
  • 4 dives per day. We are the only liveaboard in the Gardens of the Queen doing 4 daily dives
  • All shore excursions
  • Tanks and weightbelts

Not Included

  • Airfare to Cuba
  • Ground transfers on Saturdays between Havana and the dock.  Transfers are $100.00 each leg*
  • Nitrox – $130.00*
  • Dive and snorkel rental gear* 
  • Permits and conservation fees – $300.00
  • Crew gratuity (15% recommended)

*Must be ordered on Trip Application and paid for in advance.

Deposits / Payments

Individuals – A $1,500.00 per person deposit. The balance is due 120 days prior to departure.

Method of Payment
Personal check, money order, and wire transfer are all accepted.

Cancellation Policy

Individuals:

  1. More than 1 year (12 months) prior to departure, a full refund less a 5% cancellation fee.
  2. Less than 1 year (12 months) prior to departure, all payments are forfeited.

If the trip departs full, we will issue a full refund less 5% cancellation fee.

Policy for trip interruption due to a named storm: A future credit will be offered for any missed days with no expiration date for using the credit. We understand your busy schedules and the need to plan. There is no refund for cancellations due to weather.

Travel Protection

It is required that all divers purchase diving accident insurance. Travel protection insurance is also recommended to help protect you and your trip investment. For more information and to purchase dive and travel insurance, visit the providers below: 

  • Diveassure: For annual combination trip and dive accident insurance.
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Proof of certificate of diving accident insurance is required.

Hotel Iberostar Parque Central in Havana, Cuba

Hotel Iberostar Parque Central

A magnificent five-star hotel situated in Old Havana, the hotel combines the best of both worlds via two connected buildings – one of historic design and the other modern. Hotel amenities include a rooftop pool and sun terrace with Jacuzzi®, four restaurants, a lounge, a fitness center, room service and well appointed guest rooms in colonial or modern style.

The transfer bus to Port Jucaro only picks up passengers at these two hotels: Hotel Iberostar Parque Central and Melia Habana – Miramar Oceanfront Hotel. 

Reservations: Book Directly
U.S. & Canada: 1-855-378-9011
International: 833 214 68 87

Melia Hotel in Havana recommened for passengers on the Cuban dive liveaboard All Star Avalon II

Melia Habana - Miramar Oceanfront Hotel

A modern urban hotel with expansion views of the sea, it is located west of historic Havana in the heart of Miramar. The property features spacious guest rooms with terraces and city and sea views, numerous indoor and alfresco restaurants and bars including a humidor bar, an expansive pool deck and a fitness room.  

The transfer bus to Port Jucaro only picks up passengers at these two hotels: Melia Habana – Miramar Oceanfront Hotel and Hotel Iberostar Parque Central. 

Reservations: Book Directly
Phone: Direct (53) 72 048500

IMPORTANT: U.S. Restricts Cuban Businesses

The U.S. Department of State maintains a list of sanctioned Cuban businesses. U.S. citizens are prohibited from engaging in financial transactions with those on the list.

IMPORTANT: U.S. Restricts Cuban Businesses

The U.S. Department of State maintains a list of sanctioned Cuban businesses. U.S. citizens are prohibited from engaging in financial transactions with those on the list. If you choose not stay at one of the two recommended hotels above, please reference this list before booking a hotel or shopping in Old Havana.

Ground Transportation from Havana

Transfers from Havana to Jucaro are $100 each way and must be prepaid. The charter bus to Port Jucaro only picks up passengers at two Havana hotels – Hotel Iberostar Parque Central and Melia Habana – Miramar Oceanfront Hotel.

Guests staying at any other location will need to take a taxi to one of these hotels for their transfer to the vessel. Please arrive well in advance to not miss the bus. It’s a long walk as alternate modes of transportation in Cuba are difficult to find.

Pick ups from Havana are in the early morning (approximately 8:00am) and arrive at the vessel by mid-to-late afternoon (3:30-5:30pm). This trip from Havana to the dock is 6-7 hours long. 

Ground Transportation from Camagüey and Santa Clara Airports

For non-U.S. citizens, All Star Avalon II  includes complimentary ground transfers to/from the following airports.

  • Camagüey’s Ignacio Agramonte International Airport (CMW) – 2 hours away
  • Santa Clara’s Abel Santamaría Airport (SNU) – 3 hours away

Currency Conversion

Divers will need cash for any purchases and gratuities. You can easily exchange money at the airport or at any bank for CUC (Cuban Convertible Pesos).

Major hotels and banks offer favorable currency conversion rates.
 
The best currency to bring on your trip to Cuba is Euros (€). At present, there is a 13% penalty in addition to the exchange rate for US dollars.

All Star Avalon II Check List

*Required for divers
**Available for rent with prior arrangements.   Must also be paid for in advance.
+ Jardines de la Reina Marine Park offers many opportunities to go ashore and explore and enjoy the uninhabited beaches. For these occasions, we highly recommend proper footwear for these eco adventures. Flip flops are not always suitable. We suggest water shoes or TEVA type sandals. Sneakers are fine but they might get wet!

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