Where in the world: 8-day Cuba Cruise
Book by: September 20
Departure Dates: November ’16 – December ’17
Why I Like It: For those interested in traveling to Cuba, this is the best way in my opinion. While we are now able to travel more freely to this communist nation, the tourism infrastructure is not that great. A cruise provides all the comfort and convenience most travelers desire while still affording participants a great experience. Highlights: Cuban history lecture, dancing (Salsa, Rumba & Cha Cha) lessons, Cuban cooking lessons (and learn how to make Cuban cocktails), meet Cuban artists, all meals, cruise (inside) cabin, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages package, roundtrip transfers from airport to port, port charges, cruise ship tips, shore excursions and tour guide (Montego Bay, Santiago de Cuba, Havana, Punta Frances, Cienfuegos), tourist visa, and health insurance. Optional: Havana evening excursion and a visit to the Isla de la Juventud. What I like is the ship holds only 1,200 maximum passengers ( as opposed to mega ships with up to 5,000 passengers). Also, Friendly Planet is a great company and knows Cuba probably better than any other operator. And this is more than $300 off their normal price. Travel to Cuba is still quite expensive, so if you can get all of this for less than $2,000, it is a good deal. Note that airfare from U.S. to Montego Bay, Jamaica is not included. However, Friendly Planet will book flights for anyone who wants them to.
For more info: 800-555-5765
Book It, Dano: www.friendlyplanet.com
FYI: Beginning in Fall 2016, the U.S. government has awarded eight airlines the right to fly from the U.S. to select cities in Cuba. These include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Jetblue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and United Air Lines. Air service to Cuba has been banned for more than fifty years as part of the embargo with Cuba, so this is big news!