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  1. The US banks we checked before our cruise do no exchange Cuban money. I agree on the suggestion to ho!d on to it. Perhaps you can spend it in the Trump Grande Havana Hotel someday...
  2. Agreed. there wasn't a lot of infrastructure investment by the cruise lines. But companies like HavanaTur are at risk. The Chinese repo'd locomotives when Cuba didn't pay. My guess is the buses go home.
  3. The Cruise lines have begun to release information on the earnings impact of the Cuba ban. Carnival says 4% reduction in revenue, less than their Vista being out of service. Others should be releasing info soon. https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2019/06/20/carnival-corp-reveals-estimated-revenue-loss-from.html
  4. My recollection is the schloss schonbrunn subway stop is very close to the palace. Several hundred feet, less than a quarter mile.
  5. My Global Entry shows as renewed, with a 2024 expiration. Still waiting on the card after 60 days.
  6. Alaska is a relatively new market for Viking, isn't it? Perhaps Viking needs to follow up with all customers , or a good sized sample, after cruises. Asking a few well chosen questions could identify areas where the company could do a better job. I had the feeling on our Cuba trip that Viking was largely "winging it". With little experience on the ground, and the government presenting them with packaged tours, Viking was accepting what was offered. Mass tourism is new for Cuba, and Cuba is new for Viking.
  7. The Cuban people who are guides, restaurant, bar, hotel, b&b owners, etc will suffer. As they did when the Russians cut off cheap oil. The elites will do fine. I'm curious as to all these brand new Chinese tour buses. Hundreds, maybe thousands of them. When Cuba defaulted on payments for their new Chinese locomotives, the Chinese came for the locomotives. They may come for the buses next.
  8. John Bolton made it clear months ago that penalties would be imposed on Cuba if Cuba continued on the same course. Tourism, remittances, etc. While reasonable people can argue these terms, he didn't launch a surprise. it is easy to see which cruise lines developed a contingency plan and established refund exceptions, and which did not.
  9. The lawsuit against Carnival for using "stolen" Cuban port facilities had another hearing this week. I believe Holland American has also been served. The suit seeks money damaged and an injunction against using the port facilities.
  10. Yes. We were in the outer harbor. With the omnipresent police boats nearby.
  11. Viking used five tenders in Santiago de Cuba last year. The dock to ship run was about a half hour.
  12. My understanding is uber declares surge pricing when there are too many customers, or too few drivers. The site for uber drivers has several interesting observations. That --7 am until noon Sat/Sun , 17th street is a mess --too many short hauls --the cops are jerks, shout a lot --make way more money in Miami port, easier to access --change your DF setting so you don't get port calls uberpeople is the net site, lots of observations about the layout and passengers.
  13. In my experience, Hyatt Place has a lot of variation among properties. Hampton, and Embassy Suites, less so.
  14. Many contracts allow the ship line to change ports, tours, etc without recourse by the traveler. Other than a significant loss of trust.
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