Louis Cristal: Disembarkation in Havana and Cruise Summary

The harbour of Havan, early morning
The harbour of Havan, early morning
Seven days have passed in the blink of an eye and this morning we sailed into the harbour in Havana again.
Our luggage had been packed and placed in the hall the night before, so all we had to do was enjoy a sunny last breakfast by the pool and wait for the ship to be cleared by customs and immigration. It didn’t take long, and we were soon on the buses and headed for Jose Marti International Airport.
Havana harbour
Havana harbour

There is an exit tax of $25 pp, payable only in cash and only in CUC’s, Convertable Cuban dollars. You can buy CUCs at the airport if you need them.

Save some money for the duty free shop, where rum, coffee and cigars are a bargain.

The disembarkation process run by Your Cuba Cruise was smooth and  easy, and we were soon on board the Air Transat flight and headed home.

In the space of three and a half hours we went from 30 degrees to -12., a chilly welcome back to Canada.

Cruise Summary

The Cruise Terminal
The Cruise Terminal

This was a cruise that I enjoyed tremendously. The ship was comfortable, though not luxurious, staff were friendly and helpful, and the passengers were a happy bunch. We met Swedes, Finns, fellow Canadians, Americans, Kiwis, Aussies, and Brazilians – the international mix made for ineresting conversations. I liked the casual dress and informal tone on board.

Early morning skyline, Havna
Early morning skyline, Havna

The excursions were excellent, well run, on time, with good guides and fascinating things to see. On each one of them, I learned new things, and wanted to learn more. Cuba itself was the real star of this cruise.
The one big disappointment for me was the food. I am a foodie, so food is important, and the cuisine on board needs work. The meals in the premium dining room were good, in the main dining room barely adequate and in the buffet restaurant, not very good at all.

But to have seen El Presidente Raul, the gorgeous  Cienfuegos, and the fine beaches of  Punta Francis, to have rambled through Havana, and to have learned to Salsa at the Buena Vista Social Club – these were unforgetable experiences that made this an exeptional cruise.

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