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Cruise to Cuba from Miami

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Fathom Cruise to Cuba

Sailing 7 Night Cruise to Cuba Roundtrip Miami.  Here is your chance to see Cuba at a very reasonable fare.  One week cruise to see Havana, Cienfuegos an Santiago de Cuba.

Seven Days That Could Change The Way You See The World

For the true traveler, the world isn’t just something to be seen. It’s something to be touched. Experienced. Shared. And as you join the first wave of U.S. travelers to Cuba by sea for more than half a century, you’ll feel the excitement in the air from the moment you step on board your ship. Cuban movies, Cuban music, Cuban cuisine – they’ll all be part of your outbound voyage, as you learn more about the remarkable people you’re about to meet.

$1,099* per person for Interior staterooms
$1,399* per person for Oceanview staterooms
$1,699* per person for Balcony staterooms
$2,899* per person for Suites

*Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses are $208 per person
$75 Visa fee per person
Gratuities not included
150% Single Supplement Charge Applies
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From

 

Claire Gilbert:

 

This is for those who have inquired about the Fathom Cuba experience – I took my 77-year old mother on the August 21 sailing, and we both loved every minute of it. Here are some notes about the voyage – which was my second Fathom sailing (I was fortunate to do their 2nd DR sailing with the fabulous Debby Culp).

 

The ship is one of the former

Renaissance Cruises ships – the same model used by Regent, Oceania, and Azamara. It is very well maintained, and has been refreshed and outfitted with inspirational messages throughout. The ship was pulled from the P&O line, also owned by Carnival, and most of the crew remains

– which I think is a big bonus because they are very well trained and used to the standards demanded by British clients.

 

The staff is fairly

youthful, many former Peace Corps members, and they are very engaging and excited about the destination and the Cuban people. They refer to you everyone not as “passengers”, but as “travelers” and also consider themselves travelers. It makes for a warm, friendly community onboard.

 

Due to the size of the ship (700 passengers), there is not a wide variety of dining venues. The buffet on Deck 9 is usually busy, and provides a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as an assortment of hot dishes at breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also a “pizza window” which is open most of the time. The main dining room on deck 5 is open seating, and has mostly larger tables. We really enjoyed sitting with different “travelers” every evening for dinner and making new friends. By the end of the journey, the noise level in the dining room was quite loud as everyone really enjoyed each other’s company. I really enjoyed the food served at the pool grill – Dominican spiced burgers and Cubano sandwiches are always available. Deck 10 also has a Wine Bar, called The Glass House, where you can get delicious appetizers (included), and organic wine ($). The specialty dining venue (a $25 upcharge), is a great place for dinner if you want a little less noise and a little more upscale food. I would recommend dining there at least once. I did notice some changes since my April sailing – there is a now a room service menu, and continental breakfast order forms ($5.00 delivery charge).

 

Once booked, clients have to electronically sign the affidavit about their reason for travel to Cuba. They CAN check more than one box – so if they want to do both the cruise line People to People activities, and some “Self-Reported” People to People activities, they can check both of those boxes. If they want to change the designation they have already made, the cruise line has hard copies of the affidavit they can complete when checking in for the cruise.

 

Havana

comes quickly and is a very busy stop. This cruise is really more of a “hit the ground running” cruise because when you dock Monday morning you are doing a 6-hour walking tour of old Havana, and then the next day they will be on an 8-hour tour. If they also participate in one of the Monday night optional tours (Like the show at the Tropicana, or the Show at the Parisien at the Hotel National), they will be out very late, and they need to remember that Tuesday is a long day.

 

On arrival in Havana,

each of the 700 passengers must clear Cuban Customs, and then exchange money – so they will need to be patient if their group is not one of the first ones called. It can take as long as 3 hours to get everyone processed. I have heard that the 10% surcharge on exchanging US Dollars has been discontinued, but if they can get Euros before the trip, they will get a better exchange rate. This is run as efficiently as possible, but because you must go through Customs, and you can only get the Convertible Cuban Pesos in Cuba, I don’t see a way around it.

 

Having

been there, I would now feel comfortable venturing out on my own – particularly in Havana. Many people on board just walked a couple of blocks from the cruise terminal in Havana and hired a classic car taxi to take them on a tour (the going rate seemed to be $80 for 2 hours).

Everyone who did it had a very positive experience and really enjoyed their driver and what they saw. They were advised that they need to “journal” their experience and keep the journal for 5 years, in case the US Gov’t asks them to produce evidence of their activities.

 

We ate

lunch in a variety of state-owned restaurants and paladares (private home restaurants) the 2 days we were in Havana, and the day we were in Santiago. The food was good, and everyone seemed to handle it just fine.

Water served was always bottled. The day we were in Cienfuegos, our time there was short enough that no meals were necessary.

 

The cruise line

uses about 20 motorcoaches in each port, and each bus has a slightly different itinerary/experience – which makes for great dinner conversation. We all saw a variety of the must see sites in Havana, and also in the other 2 cities. Each of the three cities has a very different vibe, and very different attractions. The tour guides we had were all very educated and very eloquent. They welcomed travelers to ask any and all questions when we were on the bus, and their answers were always very thoughtful.

 

The included excursions were supplemented by lectures given by the ship staff. They gave a great talk the first night of the cruise about what to expect the whole week, which was very helpful. They also covered Cuban history, and Santeria, as well as some personal enrichment-type lectures like storytelling and lifehacks.

 

There are also now a few optional excursions. They were piloting the “Walking in Hemingway’s Footsteps” tour when we sailed, and we were fortunate to have gotten in. We visited a fishing village where he kept his boat, his home, and a couple of his favorite downtown Havana watering holes. It was easy to see why he loved it there.

 

The

passenger mix was much like a river cruise, and everyone was very friendly and interesting, and we all had a great time sharing experiences. I do think that those who were unhappy did not really realize what they had signed up for – there were quite a number of travelers onboard because they got a good deal as a FL resident. The excursions are not separated by mobility, and there were a few people with mobility impairments in each group, so the groups move a little slowly. My mother was able to keep up with the pace of the excursions.

Keep in mind that nothing on the tours will be air conditioned, so in August, everyone went through a lot of clothing.

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