Havana, Cuba – so good we went back for two weeks

Cuba, a place to put on your bucket list, but you can cruise to it

picture-025aCuba is a favourite for Marella and Fred Olsen likes to add Cuba to their programme. The problem is, when you have seen it, you will want to go back and dance to the Samba on the largest of the islands in the Caribbean. As you can see below, Jean looks very comfortable in Ernest Hemingway’s favourite bar and got a liking for the famous Mojitos. Lets just say vintage cars, eye dropping old mansions and architecture, rum, cigar factories, musicians and dancing do not start to do it justice. You will have to go back, we went back and toured, but without the video camera. They might not have a buoyant economy, they might not be able to get all the foods we have come to expect, but they have a culture and selflessness to be judged against. If we go back we will do the Hemingway in Havana tour, seen below in the Marella page.


Carnival’s Fathom brand featured Cuba and the Adonia was seconded there before coming back to be sold. It was the first cruise ship in 50 years given permission to cruise from the USA (Miami) to Cuba. Havana is the first port used. The coastal city of Cienfuegos is the second port used and the centre of Cuba’s sugar, tobacco and coffee trades. The island’s second largest city, Santiago de Cuba, is the third port used where the Carnival Corporation has obtained berthing approval. Fathom is a cruise and help program, read more here. P&O do not currently appear to visit Cuba.

A colourful Cuban street

 We went back and stayed for two weeks. We toured the country in a small bus for a week, then stayed in a Sandals hotel, not too far from Havana for our second week. Cuba is a colourful place that demands you consider what it was like and what it might be like again one day. But if you are prone to moan if there is not a full compliment of vegetables with your dinner, then it might not be for you. They will give what they have, what they are allowed to import.     HOLIDAY, OFF PISTE SKI & CRUISE INSURANCE  

picture-173We had cyclone insurance. You might breeze past that one, but after the cyclone hits you certainly read the policy. We were totally unaffected, but for two days everything closed as it hit. The beach was a mess and there was a lot of clearing up to do, but that was not really an inconvenience and they are used to getting life back to normal, very soon.

But the benefits were that Sandals gave us a big contribution to our next stay at their property in Jamaica.

picture-092The immediate on land benefit was that whilst they said don’t go out, everything is closed, the TV news said it was OK for a few hours so we went for a walk. The Dolphin park was literally just up the road and had been closed but the workers were still there, and for the few dollars we had on us, we were let in and swam for hours, alone, with the dolphins.

picture-015Hemingway’s house was rather like the one he had styled in Key West and felt just as full of history, however it was his favourite bar which had some sort of magnetic attraction and it was there that I discovered Mojitos, plural!

Cuba is littered with mansions, and it is a term well considered because many are now in a poor state. They seem proud to render the history and proud that they got rid of the owners, but they are left with wrecks in many cases and you so so wanted to go in and feel the history. To smell and touch what went on because they were populated by many presidents and gangsters and no doubt held tales that could entice tours and tours of travellers.picture-054a

There is a lot to do and see and the alligator farm is just another of the many. The cigar factory is still so much of Cuba, the cars, the music and dancing. Cuba was and is enchanting and I can’t wait to go back with a video camera.

If you can find this on a cruise I suggest you consider the cruise. So let me flag this up. The Adonia, which was one of P&O’s smaller ships and one I love (especially the piano bar), was reassigned to a venture called Fathom in Cuba but is now back with the fleet.

Braemar and Boudicca ships often visits Cuba, check the site for details.

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