JARDINES AVALON I
A VERY SPACIOUS 110 FOOT LIVE ABOARD YACHT
The Jardines Avalon I has a total of 10 rooms with 2 being convertible queen size cabins featuring side by side beds and 8 deluxe staterooms each with single side by side beds. Each stateroom is equipped with its own private bathroom, toilet, shower, individual climate controls, and a safe.
There is an air-conditioned lounge featuring a large screen TV and DVD system for unwinding and watching those amazing underwater diving videos from your day out on the reefs. The lounge is also equipped with a complete digital and photo editing computer if you would like to use it during your stay. The shaded upper sun deck and cushioned chairs and couches are waiting for you to take a siesta in the afternoon or enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning. The yacht is also equipped with a jacuzzi, which is the perfect place to enjoy a mojito after a long day of diving.
The food aboard the Jardines Avalon I is a wonderful selection of Cuban cuisine, grilled fresh seafood and vegetables along with many international delights. The chef is well versed in many different styles and will be sure to amaze you during your stay aboard this boat. In addition, there is a full bar with a selection of Cuban beers and rum, international wines, and a variety of spirits. Our attentive crew will be there to take care of your every need and make sure you have a wonderful trip.
Life on the liveaboard is relaxed and completely customizable. Whenever you're finished and ready to unwind, the yacht will be a close-run away so you may enjoy all the aspects of our luxury service. You'll be greeted by a welcoming crew, a cold mojito, and then a lobster dinner.
Low Season: May 29th - Oct 2nd $2,699
High Season: Jan 2nd - May 29th /
Oct 2nd - Dec 31st $3,600
price per person in double room Week starting Saturday and ending the following Saturday.
Jardines Avalon I has great accommodations for up to 20 guests in 10 Staterooms:
2 Staterooms back from the main salon, 4 Staterooms on the lower deck (all have private bathrooms, hot water, comfortable beds, TV, and A/C) and two staterooms on the middle deck (with shared bathroom).
The diving weeks run from Saturday to Saturday. We suggest arriving at Cayo Coco, Santa Clara, or Camaguey airports. Transfers from these airports are $50 per person one way to Jucaro port. If arriving at these airports, the flight must arrive no later than 12:00pm to ensure same day arrival to the port and navigation to Jardines de la Reina. If clients prefer to arrive and depart in Havana, they must arrive in the city on Friday, overnight, then take the collective land transfer to Jucaro port ($100pp one way — 6 hours). This transfer leaves Havana in the morning and ensures that clients will be arriving at the port in time to board and navigate on Saturday. Guests MAY NOT arrive in Havana on Saturday, it must be at least the day before. Diving occurs Sunday thru Friday and will be up to 3 dives/day (including night dives). While on the boat, all meals and drinks are included.
The boat will navigate to Jucaro port on Friday afternoon and will overnight in port. Clients will depart between 5 and 9 am on Saturday morning, depending on the group transfer needs. Flights from Cayo Coco, Santa Clara, or Camaguey airports can be booked after 11am and flights out of Havana can be booked after 8:30pm on Saturday or the clients may overnight and fly home on Sunday from Havana.
*Any flights outside of these guideline times will be subject to private transfer fees*
US Citizens: our cruises fall under the "Workshops, clinics, public performances and other athletic competitions" general license 515.567(b).
Marine Biologists working with Avalon will be collaborating with the clients about marine park conservation and the Gardens of the Queen’s unique ecosystem and clients will actively be engaging in the conservation initiative and efforts during their dive week.
Please feel free to read more about this program at www.BlueSanctuary.Org
The diving schedule is usually at the discretion of the customers following the instructor’s suggestions with 3 daily dives. The day begins with a wakeup call at 7:00 am, coffee/tea ready, breakfast at 7:15 am. Our diving instructors are ready to go diving from 8:00 am. Fast diving boats are used to reach diving spots having the opportunity to explore different sites each day and enjoy the view of mangrove channels, virgin beaches, birds, and other exuberant fauna during the trips. There is no chance for loneliness; dive guides and crew are available every single minute.
Avalon guarantees all the equipment required to ensure safety (First Aid kits with O2 on every boat, excellent communications with mother boats and the mainland, life jackets, AED, etc.). Sunday morning, check-in dive to get acquainted and make sure all equipment is in good shape. During the briefings, our experienced instructors will explain every detail of the dive, from what will be seen in a particular spot to the correct behavior while diving with sharks or highlights of the area and special characteristics of the marine life present. After the first dive, the surface interval in one of the beautiful beaches. Second dive and, at midday, boats will return for lunch.
Together with the instructor, arrange a time for afternoon dives or for excursions through the lagoon and mangrove channels. Coming back to the liveaboard, it is time to drink a frozen “mojito”, enjoy the afternoon pizza, and talk about the dives. Around 8:00 pm, dinner is served and, like a family, everyone gets together around the table. Night dives available.
The staff will be in contact every minute to assist and receive special requests or suggestions. Evening time next to the bar, to watch photos and videos while breathing the sea atmosphere, it’s time to plan with the instructors what will happen the next day.
On Friday there are 2 dives in the morning then navigation back to Jucaro port where the group will overnight on board the mother yacht and disembark for transfer home on Saturday morning.
Tipping is widespread in Cuba. Many Cuban workers rely on tips to supplement their basic income and they all work really hard. Tips help them get a better lifestyle. So if you receive good service, it is very good etiquette to tip accordingly.
Recommended $350-450 USD per person. This will be given to the captain or cruise director to be dispersed among the entire staff.
We would like to remind you that we do not accept credit cards on board the boats. You 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). The best currency to bring on your trip to Cuba is Euros to get a direct exchange to CUC if you plan to spend any extra time in Cuba. Otherwise, USD is the preferred currency for tips in Cuba.
All port fees and conservation fees will be included on your invoice and must be pre-paid. They cannot be paid onboard the boat.
Any rentals must be arranged and paid for in advance. They will be included on your invoice.
Any transfers outside of the recommended guidelines and suggestions will be subject to private transfer fees beyond the standard costs for transfers which will also be included on your invoice.
*If you have any questions about transfers and logistics, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
Our two week trip was a great experience. The staff was impeccable with every aspect of the journey, from arrival in Miami for the charter flight to the amazing restaurants, walking tours and music excursions. To coordinate over 150 travelers for a premium tour would have been impossible without their wealth of knowledge and attention to detail. For myself, the band, and many of our guests, the trip was one of the best experiences of our lives!
— Director of Development, Preservation Hall Foundation, New Orleans.