It dismays me to see the large U.S. cruise ships finally arriving in Cuba. Not least, once ashore the passengers need to eat… and many of the best restaurants have suddenly been booked to exclusively serve them, forcing long-loyal tour groups to be ousted.

Worse is yet to come.

However, small expedition cruises pose no such issue. Thus it is with great delight that this week I accepted an invitation from Lindblad Expeditions to act as Cultural Specialist for Cuba aboard the luxurious 44-passenger M/S Panorama II yacht on the company’s exciting 11-day program, to be introduced this winter.

Lindblad Cuba

The itinerary is packed with enthralling cultural encounters. Plus, Lindblad has been granted a unique privilege of exploring the pristine coral reef systems of the Parque Nacional Jardines de la Reina.

See Anderson Cooper’s magnificent video about the Jardines de la Reina…

I’ll be lecturing and acting as cultural expert on three cruises:

December 14-24, 2016
February 8-18, 2017
March 22-April 1, 2017


Plus, I’ll lecture for UK-based deluxe cruise operator Noble Caledonia aboard the 100-passenger M/S Serenissima as it semi-circumnavigates Cuba on an 11-night cruise, “Cuban Delights,” 23 February – March 5, 2017.



Christopher P Baker


Christopher P. Baker, one of the world's most multi-talented and successful travel writers and photographers has been named by National Geographic as one of the world's foremost authorities on Cuba travel and culture. Winner of the Lowell Thomas Award 2008 as 'Travel Journalist of the Year,' he has authored more than 30 books, leads tours for National Geographic Expeditions, Edelwiss Bike Travel, and Jim Cline Photo Tours, among other companies, and is a Getty Images and National Geographic contributing photographer.