A throwback in time with 2 million people, Havana displays a combination of colonialism, capitalism and communism. Embark from your ship into the historical center of Old Havana (“Habana Vieja”) with a mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments guarded by the old Historic military fortress on the other side of Havana harbor.
It’s easy to spend a full day in and out of the booksellers, art galleries, perfumeries, chocolate shops, bars, restaurants, musicians and street vendors of Old Havana, especially on Calle Obispo. But one must wander off the beaten path down narrow lanes on bumpy cobblestones past entrances for the old Aqueduct to truly catch the character of Cuban life within the fascinating but decaying architecture of arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates and internal courtyards …..and marvelous old cars!
Visit two famous “Hemingway watering holes”. At La Bodeguita del Medio, don’t forget to sign your autograph to leave your mark while sipping a Mojitos. Or at El Floridita, imbibe one of his famous Daiquiris at the bar with Hemingway then explore the Capitolio Nacional and Gran Teatro de La Habana. For dinner during your overnight in Havana, book a reservation with Singles Travel International to relish in the ambiance of San Cristobal Paladar shared by Barack and Michele Obama. Feast on an all -inclusive dinner ending with two uniquely Cuban surprises, a Havana cigar and a taste of Edmundo Dantes (Santiago) rum. If cigars are your pleasure, book a cigar factory tour of Partagas or Romeo and Juliet for your second day in Havana (at San Cristobal Travel Agency) to witness cigars being rolled by hand.
A panoramic tour of newer Havana will take you on the ocean front Malecon all the way west to Marina Hemingway. Stop to marvel at some of the outdoor installations of legendary Cuban ceramici st and graphic artist Jose Fuster at Fusterlandia, the Disneyland of Cuban visual art with a Gaudi flare.
Travel back inland past Revolution Square where you’ll find the Jose Marti memorial, Biblioteca Nacional and Revolution Palace. Continue past the University of Havana and its escalinata (stairway), the Coppelia ice cream parlor, Yara movie theater and the Habana Libre hotel on your way to the San Jose market (stalls and stalls of Cuban vendors with unique goods) near your home away from home. It is easy to come and go from your floating home….a real plus if you desire a toilet seat and toilet paper! Two days in Havana will leave you wanting more time to experience Cuban’s vibrant culture, music, dance and arts.
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We have TWO departures for you to make the journey to Cuba in 2017. A small deposit holds your cabin.
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