You Can Now Book a Honeymoon Cruise to Cuba

Houston-based Aquafest Cruises has added Cuba to its exciting roster of LGBT excursions.

When it comes to venues for celebrating your nuptials, few options are as memorable and relaxing as an ocean or river cruise, preferably accompanied by a small group of loved ones, and definitely guided by a fabulous itinerary—perhaps to sunny St. Barts, vibrant Vienna, or, of late, happening Havana. Founded in 2001 by Texas-based travel-industry veteran Tom Baker, Aquafest Cruises (800-592-9058, aquafestcruises.com) offers packages geared specifically to LGBT travelers and is the first U.S. company to book such excursions to Cuba.

Unlike RSVP, Olivia, and Atlantis, gay charter groups that typically take over entire ships, Aquafest books LGBT groups of up to 500 to sail on mainstream luxury vessels. The trips are ideal if you and your new spouse—along with a small group of friends or family members—seek a high-seas honeymoon among like-minded travelers. You can even hold your wedding onboard.

Aquafest set sail on its first Cuba trip—a group of 266 LGBT travelers—earlier this year, just as the Obama administration established new guidelines easing travel for U.S. citizens. The company has another seven-day Cuba cruise slated for April 2017 aboard the 480-cabin Celestyal Crystal. Take a wedding or honeymoon cruise to the beguiling, historic nation before it becomes a major port and its personality changes dramatically.