Welcome to the latest addition of my blog as i explore the amazing Cruise destination Cuba
Never visited but always loved the fascinating history of this place, why I’m CAPTIVATED BY CUBA and you will be too:
Fidel Castro seized control of the Country back in 1959, he began to restructure the government and developed a relationship with the Soviet Union. A trade embargo was then placed on Cuba (economic and travel embargoes were meant to put pressure on Castro, weakening his rule), however he spent nearly 50 years in office before stepping down in 2008.
Ships that could visit would be small (approx. 1,000 passengers) and owned by none American companies
Back to the present day….. American travel restrictions have now been lifted (hooray), giving American Ships the opportunity to experience the largest Island in the Caribbean. For cruise passengers old and new this is a very exciting time to venture somewhere new.
My images of Cuba consist of vintage cars in bright colours, decaying buildings mixed with the new, deserted streets and the occasional game of dominos being played by the locals, whilst smoking one of their famous Cuban Cigars.
Quick facts on Cuba:
22% of Cuba is protected by natural areas
Don’t expect wifi connections, only 5% of the population have internet access
There is only 90 miles of ocean between Cuba and the tip of Florida
Cuba is still largely unspoilt, Havana is a city for culture and music lovers. With Sierra Maestra Cruise Terminal located opposite the old town cruise passengers can easily wonder around at their own leisure. On the plus side there are only a few cars on the road making it easy for you to get about. There are numerous pedestrian zones, plus a 4 mile seafront walk with local musicians and food vendors to tempt you! The nearest beaches are within a 20 minute drive, with palm fringed white sandy beaches.
Taxis are metered in Cuba and widely available. Opt for a quirky taxi and hail a vintage car, also official and at the same rates as a normal taxi (much more interesting)
Or why not combine a cruise with a hotel stay and experience the tourist beach resorts of Varadero Guardalavaca or Cayo Coco
From December 2016 MSC Armonia MSC Opera will operate 2 alternating itineraries of 7 nights until April 2017. MSC Opera operates from December 2016 all year round in 2017.
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With 3 nights in port, gives you ample time to experience all that Cuba has to offer
*Tourist cards are required for Cuba, please check with your Airline/booking agent
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Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1) That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.