Finally, My Cuba Review – It was Great!
MOS – Inaugural voyage to Cuba May 8 – 14 (It was nice toget the RCCL certificates)
First Impression –
We are in our mid-40’s and get along with most people, thiscruise I thought the staff and the fellow cruisers were the best that I haveencountered in my last 5 cruises (all on longer ships)
Boarding – make sure you have all your paperwork completed,they will tell you that you might check the box stating that you will take RCCLactivities, just check the box and keep moving, we also checked support forCuban people, no one looks at the form again once you get your sea pass.
Room – I knew itwould be small but it was bigger than expected, clean and we had no problems,had an ocean view on deck 6 – I loved the location (Tween Deck it was called).The best room attendant of any cruises; so attentive and helpful.
Food – I didn’t go hungry, although I liked the Windjammerand the hidden restaurant in the back and upstairs the best (they made crepes),on some days the Windjammer has special food I just happened to go in and getthe tacos and they were good. There was even a seafood day in the windjammer.
Dinner Room was ok for me, my tablemates ate steak and lamband they all enjoyed it very much. The staff was very friendly.
Pool – good, no problem finding chairs in the shade or sun(it did rain a lot during our trip). Did not see any stained towels. Poolsidebar near the windjammer made the best drinks.
I had the non-alcoholic drink package and my DH the alcoholic(all the bars made me non-alcoholic mojitos or whatever I asked for. (Webrought the package on sale, if you call in direct only one has to buy theexpensive drink package and the other can buy another package).
Shows – I went to two shows, one was a singer that wasreally good and the other were RCCL dancers – enjoyed all that I attended.
Ports of Call
Havana overnight – (you will exchange you money but it wasno problem doing this, we spent around $200, mostly the carriage and 4 taxirides and some clothing purchases
We did our own tours in a carriage/horse with a guide andthen off to a restaurant Ajiaco in the countryside in Cojmar, Habana – it was apretty ride about 15 minutes from port area.
We did visit some friends and saw most of the hotels andembassy row.
Our tablemates did the RCCL night excursions and reallyenjoyed them.
It was really raining in May so we did go to the market thatis just left of the port exit.Almacenesde San Jose 9-8 pm
Taxis are easy to get, make sure you learn a few Spanish words.
Don’t forget buy some Rum – we tasted some 20 year Rum – I don’teven drink much but it was the best Rum that I had ever tasted.
Cozumel – We just walked around and enjoyed the sites andpeople watching
Yes, we would go back but we have so many other places thatwe would like to visit.