Our voyages combine hands-on sailing adventure with a chance to experience historic change underway in the spectacular marine environments of southern Cuba.
Each leg of your journey will explore the quickening pace of change in Cuba, a proud island neighbor now emerging from a half-century of isolation from the United States. Aboard our Maine schooner, you’ll navigate by the stars, snorkel on remote reefs, explore cays and mangroves – and engage directly in the dialogue about a post-embargo Cuba.
Cuba is undergoing fundamental transformation, with deep consequences for Cubans and Americans. Our voyages will seize this moment to explore the causes and effects – from the unique perspective of a Tall Ship and with a commitment to responsible stewardship of these marine environments.
To prepare our Cuba program, we sailed to Havana in winter 2016 for President Obama’s historic visit, then traversed Cuba’s long coastline to explore harbors and sailing routes. We chose our new homeport of Cienfuegos and explored Cuba’s extraordinary coral reefs, isolated islands and cays, and unique geological features – all with an eye towards creating the most compelling voyages possible.
Voyaging on a traditional Tall Ship is a life-changing experience. You’ll have more fun than you can imagine while learning ship rigging, mastering its mechanical systems, and taking your shift on watch at the ship’s bow. We’ll work and eat and play together, waking up to dramatic ocean dawns, gliding through pristine Caribbean waters, and swapping stories in the galley at night. You’ll visit rural vegetable markets and primitive dockside facilities, isolated fishing villages, and historic cities and towns, all along engaging with ordinary Cubans who are just as eager to meet us.
All the while, you’ll build personal confidence and forge the lifelong bonds of a ship community sharing an extraordinary moment in history – up close and personal.
Aboard SSV Harvey Gamage, your journey begins when you stop putting yourself first. At sea, it’s all about ship and shipmate — and only then about self. As our former student, Amanda Avitabile, said, “The Harvey Gamage . . . helped me to learn more about myself than any other experience in my 22 years here on earth. Living on a ship, working together to live day by day created unbreakable bonds between myself, my fellow peers, and the ship's one-of-a-kind, incredible crew.”
If you take care of Harvey Gamage, she will take care of you. If you think about your shipmates first, they will always be there for you.
To climb aboard, please explore our 2019 programs on the New England coast.