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Avalon I



Avalon I
From US$ 554 per day
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Length
37m
122 ft
Max 18
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At a glance...
  • Cruises around Jardines de la Reina
  • Cabins with TVs and DVD players and private bathrooms
  • Sundeck with Jacuzzi
  • Complimentary sunset aperitifs
  • Large boat
  • Can access the internet from sister liveaboard

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Explore Jardines de la Reina Marine Park with the Avalon Fleet's premier liveaboard, the Avalon I. The 6 night cruises depart each Saturday from the Cuban port town of Jucaro. Onboard 18 divers are accommodated in the liveaboard's 8 well-appointed cabins with TVs and DVD players, enjoy delicious Cuban and Italian cuisine and have the freedom to contribute to the week's diving itinerary.

The first in the Avalon Fleet, the 120ft (37m) long Avalon I is well designed to keep divers in comfort during their Cuban scuba diving vacation to the Queen's Gardens. The diving procedure could not be easier. You will prepare for dives on the spacious dive deck. Camera and videography equipment are conveniently waiting on the dedicated camera table. All equipment is stored on the dive tender. 2 sturdy, staircases lead to the dive platform that is a mere step into the dive tender. Dive sites are never far away from the liveaboard. After being enthralled with the pristine Jardines de la Reina diving, rinse off under the convenient dive deck showers and take care of your camera gear in the dedicated rinse tanks. Avalon I staff transfer tanks and dive gear to the dive center and prepare them for the next day's diving. Should you wish to access the world wide web, catch a short ride with the dive tender to Avalon's sister liveaboard, Tortuga, where free Internet is available on your personal bluetooth enabled device.

Sun seekers can head up to the sun deck and enjoy multiple seating options or relax in the jacuzzi. If an escape from the tropical Caribbean heat is desired, the Avalon I has an air-conditioned dining area and saloon with entertainment facilities and marine books. At the end of the day, partake in complimentary sunset aperitifs and enjoy cooling sea breezes on the shaded open air dining and seating deck. Get to know your fellow cruise guests while chatting about the day's scuba highlights and decide which dive sites you wish to discover next.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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Special discounted trips highlighted in yellow

September 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
23 Sep 30 Sep 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,790
30 Sep 7 Oct 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,790
October 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
7 Oct 14 Oct 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
14 Oct 21 Oct 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
21 Oct 28 Oct 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
28 Oct 4 Nov 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
November 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
4 Nov 11 Nov 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
11 Nov 18 Nov 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
18 Nov 25 Nov 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
25 Nov 2 Dec 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
December 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 Dec 9 Dec 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
9 Dec 16 Dec 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
16 Dec 23 Dec 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
23 Dec 30 Dec 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
30 Dec 6 Jan 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
January 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
6 Jan 13 Jan 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
13 Jan 20 Jan 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
20 Jan 27 Jan 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
27 Jan 3 Feb 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
February 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Feb 10 Feb 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
9 Feb 16 Feb 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
17 Feb 24 Feb 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
24 Feb 3 Mar 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
March 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Mar 10 Mar 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
10 Mar 17 Mar 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
17 Mar 24 Mar 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
24 Mar 31 Mar 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
31 Mar 7 Apr 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
April 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
7 Apr 14 Apr 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
14 Apr 21 Apr 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
21 Apr 28 Apr 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
28 Apr 5 May 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
May 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
5 May 12 May 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
12 May 19 May 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
19 May 26 May 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
26 May 2 Jun 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
June 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 Jun 9 Jun 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
9 Jun 16 Jun 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
16 Jun 23 Jun 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
23 Jun 30 Jun 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
30 Jun 7 Jul 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
July 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
7 Jul 14 Jul 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
14 Jul 21 Jul 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
21 Jul 28 Jul 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
28 Jul 4 Aug 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
August 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
4 Aug 11 Aug 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
11 Aug 18 Aug 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
18 Aug 25 Aug 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
25 Aug 1 Sep 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
September 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
1 Sep 8 Sep 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800
8 Sep 15 Sep 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,800

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More Trip Details...

Special offers: For special discounted prices, check the yellow highlighted trips in the schedule above.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, 6 drinks per day (includes beer, wine, cocktails, soft drinks and 2 liters of mineral water), transfers from selected hotels in Havana to and from the boat, dives (as detailed in the cruises above, night dives are available), experienced Spanish and English-speaking divemaster(s) (max number of 4-6 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental (US$ 175 full set, per trip, torch US$ 8 per night dive) to be paid in advance, it is compulsory to use a dive computer: please bring your own, port taxes (US$ 200) to be paid in advance, conservation fee (US$ 100) to be paid in advance, gratuities (min US$ 200 is compulsory, crew prefer this in Euro). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival in CUC cash.

Optional extras: Additional dives on request, dive insurance, private divemaster US$ 1,200 (subject to availability), alcoholic drinks, soft drinks (other than those included). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: Jardines de la Reina (or the Queen's Gardens) is an archipelago that is made up of over 600 cays and islands (the area was named by Christopher Columbus in honor of the Spanish Queen, Isabella of Castile). It lies in the Caribbean Sea and parallels the Cuban coast for about 93 miles (150 km). The domestic part of your journey to the archipelago begins in Cuba's capital city, Havana.

You can fly directly to Havana's Jose Marti International airport from a number of cities. These include London (Virgin Atlantic), Moscow (Aeroflot), Toronto (Air Canada), Cancun (Interjet) and Mexico City (Aeromexico). Alternatively you can choose from a selection of airlines that provide connecting flights (Swiss Airlines, Air France, KLM, Air Europa, Iberia, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Air China, Qatar Airways, or Avianca).

In mid June 2017 the President of the United States announced amendments to the Cuban Sanctions Programme. These amendments will change the rules for their citizens to visit Cuba. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) will issue it's regulatory amendments in the coming months. If you currently have a booking to dive Jardines de la Reina, the amendments will not affect your booking. Please see the USA Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) FAQ page. If you are intending to book a diving cruise in Cuba, USA citizens can still travel to Cuba under the 'group people-to-people' option. A group of USA citizens have to be booked on the same cruise. We can confirm this at the time of your booking.

The small island nation is a mere hour flight from Florida, however booking a flight there is not as direct. A number of airlines now offer flights, however tickets are sold as charter flights through travel services. Flights are available to Havana from New York on JetBue and Sun Country Airlines. Alternative routes are from Tampa and Fort Lauderdale with ABC Charters and JetBlue or Baltimore with Island Travel & Tours. Americans traveling to Cuba will need passports and visas, a traveler reservation form and a signed affidavit (inquire with your booking agent for these forms). The requirements for US citizens to travel to Cuba are changing constantly, please ensure that you have the most current information at the time of booking your cruise. For more information see the U.S Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

Arrival/Boarding/Departure: You need to be in Havana by Friday night. From Jose Marti International Airport, you can take a taxi to your pre-booked accommodation in Havana. The ride will take approximately 20-30 minutes and should cost 20-25 CUC one way. Agree on the price first, most taxis have meters, however they are rarely used. Ensure that you have accommodation reservations for at least one night before and 1 night after your liveaboard cruise (Havana hotels are booked up well in advance. Airbnb is highly recommended). A representative from from Cuban Diving Centers will collect you at a very early 04:00 hrs from the Parque Central Hotel (or another agreed upon location at the time of your booking) for your complimentary 5-6 hour bus transfer to Jucaro Port, in Cuba's Ciego de Avila province. You will board the Halcon liveaboard at approximately 09:00 hrs for the 3 hour voyage to Jardines de la Reina National Park. On the last day of the trip, you will cruise back to Jucaro Port, travel via return complimentary bus and will arrive in Havana at approximately 20:30 hrs.

Diving Environment: A 3-5mm full length wetsuit is the most common exposure suit choice for Cuban water temperatures: Summer 80-84°F (27-29°C), Winter: 68-72°F (20-22°C). You can expect minimal currents, fantastic visibility of approximately 98ft (30m) and depths from 33-130ft (10-40m). Dive sites display a variety of sea grass meadows and a healthy assortment of corals. Unique to the area is the possibility of diving with up to 6 different types of sharks on the same dive. Caribbean reef sharks and silky sharks are very common. You may also encounter leopard, bull and hammerhead sharks. Fish carcasses are employed on the shark dives. Whale sharks cruise the waters from July through November. A diverse assortment of fish are encountered on dives, such as eagle rays, groupers, tarpons, snappers, parrotfish, schools of jack fish as well as southern stingrays and turtles. The last dive of the trip will be around 14:00 hrs on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Non-diver rate: US$ 220 off the published price.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travelers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of approx. 33% of the published price.

Dive clubs and group discounts: There are group discounts available for groups of 14 guests and above. Please contact us for more details.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): Whole boat charter rates are available. Please contact us for more details.


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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
The Avalon I's 8 Standard cabins are tastefully furnished in neutral tones. There are 2 cabins on the upper deck. They each have twin bunk beds, windows and share a bathroom. There are 2 triple cabins with private bathrooms on the main deck. Each cabin has twin bunk beds and a single bed with a window. The 4 cabins on the lower deck have private bathrooms and natural lighting via portholes. There are 3 cabins featuring double beds plus 1 cabin that has twin beds.

All the liveaboard cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Windows or portholes
  • Toilet, hot water shower and hand basin
  • Towels and soap
  • Personal TV & DVD
  • Bedside reading lights
  • Cabinet and shelves
  • Bedding
  • Space for luggage
  • Round and flat 2-pin mains outlet 110 & 220 Volts - 24 hours per day
  • No. of toilets / showers - 8 / 7 - hot water

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    Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
    The crew of 11 usually comprises (depending on the occupancy):
    • 1 Cruise leader
    • 1 Instructor
    • 2 Divemasters
    • 1 Captain
  • 1 Engineer
  • 2 Cooks
  • 2 Maids
  • 1 Barman
  • 2 Motorized dive dinghies - Dive platform with showers, camera table and rinse tanks - Air-conditioned saloon with bar, TV, DVD & music system - Book library, fish ID books, diving magazines - Open air social and dining area - Sun deck with bar, sun chairs and jacuzzi - Internet on Avalon's sister liveaboard, Tortuga

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    Menu, Cuisine Type...
    The Avalon fleet prides itself on the high standard of meals served on their liveaboard vessels. Meals are served in either the air-conditioned dining area or the shaded open air deck. The Avalon I has 2 bars conveniently located near each dining area where you can toast your Caribbean diving holiday with pre-dinner cocktails. 3 meals are served each day, starting with a generous breakfast. A selection of fresh fruits, salads, chicken, pork and beef are also served at lunch and dinner.
    • Continental Italian and traditional Cuban favorites; 4-5 different dishes per sitting.
    • Waitress service in one of the 2 dining areas.
    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between.
    • Snacks and 6 beverages per person, per day are provided free of charge. Including coffee, tea, soft drinks, beer, wine, cocktails and 2 liters of mineral water.
    • Additional beverages are available for purchase.
    • Vegetarian, kosher, halal and allergic diets are catered for - please advise us of special requirements in advance.
    • The dining service begins with lunch, snacks and dinner on the first day of the cruise. On the last day guests are served breakfast, if the return cruise time is extended, lunch will be provided.
    Lobster prepared with Cuban and Italian influences. The chef's famous Cuban caramel custard...

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    Technical Specifications...
    • Built in 1995
    • Size - 130ft x 23ft (37m x 7m)
    • Top speed - 13 knots
    • Cruising speed - 10 knots
    • 2 x 550 HP Detroit diesel engines
    • 2 x Onan generators
    • Compressors, tanks and rental diving equipment are kept on an Avalon sister ship and available for all the fleet's liveaboards
  • 2 x Bauer Kap-15 Coltri Compressor 32
  • 12 liter aluminum and steel tanks with DIN & Int. fittings
  • Electricity - 110V/220V - 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity unknown
  • Watermaker - 2 x 1,500 liters per day
  • Fuel capacity - quantity unknown

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    Navigation, Safety Features...
    • No life rafts
    • 2 x 150 HP Yamaha motorized dinghies
    • Radios
    • Global Positioning System (GPS)
    • Radar
    • Fishfinder
    • Emergency evacuation plan
    • Searchlight and horn
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
  • Advanced medic first aid box, staff are MFA/EFR trained
  • Emergency oxygen
  • 20 life jackets throughout
  • Fire alarms and 6 extinguishers throughout
  • Medical insurance is MANDATORY in Cuba
  • Dive insurance is NOT provided. We suggest that divers have their own dive insurance due to the remote location and the high cost of emergency evacuation services. - See our insurance programme for a competitive quotation.

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