Posted September 26th, 2017, 04:13 AM
...Would love to hear more about the tours that are included with the cruise. Did you see art, museums, the old cars, etc.? What would you recommend seeing during free time? ...
I sailed from MoBay 11 Aug.
Tours: 1) Santiago de Cuba bus through downtown, San Juan Hill, art gallery, dance studio, 23 Aug Barricks, Tim factory, El Moro castle.
2) Havana am walking tour thought Ol Havana.
3) Havana pm bus to Capitol, Revolution Plaza, U.Havana, large handicraft market.
4) Havana day 2, bus to Miramar, Embassies, Gaudi style tile houses, choice of National Gallery of Art or Museum of the Revolution.
5) Cienfiagoes bus around downtown, street dances and art sale's,. 2nd art sale's, to fancy beach areas, downtown walk and free time.
Group size 30; good guides, new a/c buses. Tour guides are working for tips; we tipped $5 for each tour and felt they were well worth it. Musicians at the rum factory tasting room expect a dollar or so. Ship crew did. NOT have their hands out.(no suggestive piles of dollars at the omlet station or the bars).
Rather than take Tropicana optional, we (1 male, 3 females) walked around Old Havana at night - seemed safer than any city in US. Plenty of restaurants with pricing less than US if you wanted to eat off the ship
LOTS of old cars. A nice convertible asks 50 CUC per hour, but can be had for 40.
Irma flooded Old Havana but by Feb should be in as good as shape as ever (somewhat decrepit).