Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Cuba Cruises

Starting December 16, you will be able to take a cruise aorund the island of Cuba with multiple stops to see different parts of the country, as well as a stop in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Best of all, prices for the 7-night cruises start at $586 per person, based on double occupancy.

The Website is, and the cruises seem an interesting and easy way to see some of the highlights of this country that, at least for Americans, is little known becuase of U.S. State Department travel restrictions. It is possible to board and leave the cruise either in Havana or in Montego Bay. If you chose the latter, you would probably be able to comply with State Department policies.

While the price is right, the ccost of excursions can add up quickly. For instance, in Jamaica an excursion to Dunn's River Falls costs $114 while one to the beach at Negril costs just $49. Of course, it is also possible just tpo walk around Montego on your own at no cost, or to hire a taxi. Taxis can work out well in terms of price for groups.

In Cuba I am not sure of the availability of taxis at all the stops, but I suspect they would be there in abundance in Havana and Holguin, major tourist destinations. The other ports are Punta Frances, Cienfuegos and Trinidad, and Santiago de Cuba.

I have never been to Cuba, but in Jamaica I can vouch for the interest of both Dunn's River Falls, where you can climb up slippery rocks, and the lovely beach at Negril.


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