After decades of being the most elusive port of the Caribbean, guests may once again arrive at Havana Harbor and walk onto the cobbled streets of the old city where time has seemingly stood still. Take a stroll down the iconic Malecon, snap a photo with a 50’s Cadillac and strike up a conversation with locals who are warm, friendly and eager to chat. Cigar aficionados will revel in purchasing hand-made authentic Cubans and literary fans will enjoy ordering a mojito at Hemingway’s favorite bar, El Floridita. Experience the real Havana after the sun sets, whether you dance the night away at a salsa club or catch a show at the world famous Tropicana cabaret.

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  • Modern Havana in An American Classic (Price Per Vehicle)

    Imagine driving down a street in a vintage Chevrolet, Ford, Buick, Cadillac, Mercury, Dodge, Oldsmobile or Pontiac. Usually, you only see these types of cars in museums, not in Cuba though. In Havana, the island’s capital, these are everyday cars and they have been for decades.

    Transfer from the pier to Revolution Square to get your car and stop at some of the most iconic sites in Havana like the former seat of the Cuban Congress, the Capitol, which has housed the Cuban Academy of Sciences and the National Library of Science and Technology since 1959. The building’s work, which cost $17 million began in 1926, and took 5,000 workers three years, two months and 20 days to build. Many say that the structure is similar to Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Building.

    Chinatown is another popular stop in Havana, where you will get a taste of Chinese culture on the island.

    You will also have a chance to visit the well-known Carlos III Street, built in 1836. The road connects the intersection of Reina and Belascoaín streets to the Castillo del Príncipe. Even though the street’s current name is Salvador Allende Avenue, the island’s residents keep referring to it as Carlos III, because of the statue of the Spanish king placed here in his honor. Here, you will also see the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Havana and the Plaza Carlos III shopping center, among others notable buildings.

    Not many people think about visiting a cemetery as part of a shore excursion, but according to recent reviews this is a must see stop. Founded in 1876 in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana, and the burial site of Ibrahim Ferrer Planas, one of the most famous Cuban musicians from the original Buena Vista Social Club, the cemetery has been very well maintained and the tombstones and memorials are so impressive, some even call them a works of art.

    Then it’s off to the Delirio Habanero piano bar (or National Hotel)for a refreshing beverage from which you will have the opportunity to enjoy the view of the Revolution Square, famous among Cubans for being the venue of the most important historical and political events on the island.

    In contrast to the bustling city of Havana, you will be able to experience nature in the Havana Forest, a great spot for pictures, which runs along the Almendares River and where many locals fish.

    Finally, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour involves minimal walking, mostly in asphalt but there is a generous amount of stairs at the Delirio Habanero piano bar. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Guests are advised to bring a camera and a hat for sunny days. Two (2) guests per vehicle. Priced per vehicle. Only one person needs to book it. Foldable wheelchairs and walkers are ok. Vehicles can be convertible or hard-top. This tour is OFAC compliant.

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  • Buena Vista Social Club At the Habana Cafe

    With some of the best online reviews, you can’t go wrong with a visit to one of the most popular hotels in Havana, Cuba – Meliá Cohiba Hotel – where you will enjoy a night of traditional music.

    On your way to the hotel, you will get a view of the city's famous Malecon seafront, Havana's sea drive, which spans almost five miles long, and is one of the city's most meaningful and essential Cuban main roads.

    With 1950s, Hard-Rock style décor, this restaurant displays musical stars’ memorabilia, motorbikes, antique cars and even a plane, which used to belong to Cubana Airlines.

    After the show, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour involves minimal walking, mostly in asphalt and there is a small amount of steps inside the lobby of the Habana Café. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Guests are advised to bring their camera. Minimum age is 13 years old. This tour is OFAC compliant.

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  • The Art of Cuba - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

    Cuba’s art has been compared to the art created in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London and other world art centers as being some of the best in the world. Cuban art is diverse and cultural and this tour will allow you to experience the island’s talent and maybe even meet some of the artists behind it.

    Your tour begins in the early afternoon with a visit to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, founded in 1913. You will get to enjoy the two buildings that belong to this museum, one of which houses Cuban art in the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) and the other Universal art in the Palacio del Centro Asturiano (Palace of the Asturian Center).

    Not only will a visit expose you to the painters since the beginning of Cuban history from the 17th century till today, but it will also clarify the history and mood of its artists, a history often unexplored and misunderstood. You will learn not only about the architecture of these wonderful buildings, but also about the sculptures surrounding both palaces.

    Your next stop will be at Muraleando - A community art project.During the poverty-stricken “Special Period” that Cuba endured after the Soviet Union collapsed, localized community projects were organized, many of which were created to teach children art and music in order to lift people’s spirits. Artists come to teach the children from their own good will in hopes of selling their art. Profits are split from their art work and the artist takes 50% and the other 50% goes into the project that teaches approx. 230 children art, singing, music etc. after school and on weekends.

    After an afternoon full of classic and modern art, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour involves minimal walking, mostly in asphalt but there is a generous amount of stairs at the art studios and Fusterlandia. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Guests are advised to bring a camera, wear flat/comfortable shoes and dress in layers.

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  • The Legendary - Tropicana Cabaret

    Nat King Cole, Josephine Baker, Libertad Lamarque, Cheo Feliciano, Rita Montaner, Elena Burke and Bola de Nieve are among the stars that have performed in Tropicana Cabaret, known as one of the most popular cabarets located in the heart of Havana, Cuba, and the spotlight of this excursion.

    Built in 1939 in the Marianao neighborhood, many considered the idea of such a large nightclub, which accommodates up to 300 guests, unrealistic. Yet today, it is one of Havana’s most popular tourism venues.

    As you walk in, you instantly feel welcomed by large majestic trees, such as Royal Palms, Mamoncillos, mango trees, cedar and many others that adorn the entrance of the club and are part of the décor inside too, giving this enchanted place the look and feel of a magical forest. Get ready to have a fun-filled night in one of the largest and most beautiful nightclubs in Cuba, with a production of over 200 dancers and singers performing under the stars.

    After the show, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour involves minimal walking, mostly in asphalt and there is a small amount of steps at the entrance of the cabaret. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Guests are advised to bring their camera. Depending on the weather the show can be performed outside or indoors. Attire is the same as evening attire on the ship. No shorts and collared shirts required for men. Minimum age is 13 years old. This tour is OFAC compliant.

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  • The Mediterraneo Havana - a Farm to Table Experience

    Farm-to-table is a social movement that promotes serving local food at restaurants and school cafeterias, usually through direct acquisition from the producer. The Mediterráneo Havana is the first farm-to-table restaurant in Havana, Cuba, and on this excursion you will learn all about the process of getting your food directly from the farm to your table.

    Your first stop will be at Mediterráneo Havana restaurant, which offers fresh and natural products that come directly from the sea and land. All their food is provided by local farms and fisher boats, and is preservative and additive-free, controlling every step of the quality they offer. The restaurant combines Mediterranean and local cuisine at the hands of Chef Luigi, who hails from Sardinia, Italy.

    From the restaurant, you will go to the Vista Hermosa farm with an expert in Cuban cuisine, where you will learn about the fruits and vegetables grown there and you will have the opportunity to taste some of them.

    You will also visit La Mora farm, another plantation that provides food to the restaurant, and you will have to opportunity to go there in true local style via a horse ride or on a cart. There, you will learn about the process of animal breeding, and also get to feed them.

    After a fun-filled morning where you’ve learned all about the farm-to-table process, you will get to enjoy your lunch at the Mediterráneo Havana restaurant.

    Afterwards, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour involves some walking, mostly in asphalt and gravel. The full duration of the tour in the farms is by foot. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Guests are advised to bring a camera, wear flat/comfortable shoes and dress in layers. Rain gear and/or an umbrella is recommended. This tour is OFAC compliant.

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  • Ultimate Highlights of Havana - Old & New

    Discover the remarkable history of Havana, Cuba through its massive buildings and notable structures dating back to the 15th century. Colonial Life and modern times are all part of this unforgettable tour of Cuba’s capital, Havana.

    After departing from the pier, ride through Old Havana where you will have the opportunity to learn about some of the most iconic sites and the history of this charming municipality. You will have a chance to see age-old buildings such as the Iglesia de San Francisco de Paula, one of Havana's most charming churches, fully restored in 2000 and now used as a concert hall. Among the most significant buildings here, you will also see Train Central Station, the main railway terminal in Havana and the largest train station in Cuba, considered a national monument for its architectural and historical values.

    At the entrance of Havana Harbor stands El Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro, built by the Spanish in 1589 and completed in 1640 to protect the city from buccaneers and pirates. In 1762, the castle was captured by the British under Sir George Pocock. Discover the military architecture of Havana from the 16th to 19th century on a visit to this historical fort.

    On your way to El Cristo de La Habana, you will see another military fortress originally built to fill a weakness in the city's defenses – Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña.

    Then witness the majestic representation of El Cristo de La Habana, only four decades old, which forms part of the landscape that characterizes the entrance to the Havana harbor. Standing at 65 feet tall, weighing 320 tons, consisting of 67 different pieces, and made of white Carrara marble, the monument was built in Italy by Cuban artist Jilma Madera, and inaugurated on December 25, 1958. History tells that the artist did not use a model as her inspiration but was inspired by what she felt was the definition of masculine beauty. However, legends say that she was inspired by the physique of an old lover.

    On your way to the city’s famous Malecón seafront, one of the city's most meaningful and essential Cuban main roads, you will pass through the Túnel de La Habana (Havana’s Tunnel), which links the historic forts on the eastern bank with the ornate Spanish architecture in Old Havana.

    From Havana Vieja to the atmospheric streets of Vedado in a comfortable air-conditioned bus you will get a view of the Nacional Hotel, the American Embassy, the University of Havana, the Christopher Columbus Cemetery and the famous corners, parks and plazas of this striking city.

    Discover historical sites like the Civic Square, which was later, renamed the Revolution Square in 1959. You will also walk through the University of Havana, located in the Vedado district of Havana. This is oldest university in Cuba, founded in 1728 and one of the first to be founded in the Americas.

    Our guide and expert on Cuban architecture will demonstrate the transition from Colonial to Modern times in this panoramic view of the city.

    On your way back to the pier you will drive by the Green Tile House, Miramar, the Business Center, and palm tree-lined Fifth Avenue, considered one of the most beautiful avenues in Havana and initially called Avenida de las Américas, here, you will feel the pulse of the emerging economy. You’ll continue on through the Fifth Avenue Tunnel, which connects the Calzada Street, in Vedado, to the Santa Ana River in Santa Fe. The origin of this famous avenue goes back to the early 20th century as a result of the immigration of Havana’s wealthy classes to the west beyond the opening of the Almendares River.

    Note: This tour involves minimal walking, mostly on asphalt. The tour has a few stops around the city but is ideal for guests with limited mobility. Guests are advised to bring their cameras

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  • Cuban Rum, Cigars and Art

    Cuba is well known for having some of the best rum and cigars in the world and the most colorful and vibrant art you can imagine. Now you can enjoy it all in one place – Havana.

    Your tour begins at the Museo del Ron, home to the most famous Cuban rum, Havana Club.

    Located in the historic district of Habana Vieja ("old Havana"), the museum is housed in a renovated 18th-century "solar" (colonial townhouse). The museum opened in the year 2000 by the Fundación Havana Club, and it is a symbol in the historical heart of Havana. Here, you will enjoy a guided tour, offered in Spanish, English, French, German and Italian, of the historical production of rum.

    Afterwards, you will visit one of the finest cigar stores in Cuba, the Casa del Habano. Located right in the heart of modern Havana, on the corner of 5th Avenue and 16th Street in Cuba’s serene and opulent Miramar sector of Havana, is a cigar collector’s paradise. Noted as one of the top Editor’s Picks in Cigar Aficionado, the shop combines elegant architecture and lovely interiors that provides visitors a chance to tour its vast walk-in humidor, home to over 27 world-class Habano brands that are kept in optimum conditions in terms of humidity and temperature, a guarantee for the distinctive taste Cuban cigars boast about. In addition, the shop is furnished with an impressive 96-stall locker room in which guests may store and preserve their purchases. Today, this service is free for loyal guests who have been visiting the house for over 15 years.

    Then, you will stop in a local art gallery where you will be able to admire the work of one of the artists dedicated to Afro Cuban art.

    Your last stop of the tour is at Callejón de Hammel, an alleyway in downtown Havana, where art, religion and music are blended. After chatting with the locals, you will attend an African musical instruments demonstration. Be prepared to play the tumbadora (conga) and to dance. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour involves minimal walking, mostly in asphalt and there is a small amount of steps at the entrance of the rum factory. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Guests are advised bring a camera, rain gear/umbrella, flat/comfortable shoes, and to dress in layers. This tour is OFAC compliant.

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  • Parisien Cabaret At the Hotel Nacional de Cuba

    Experience a taste of authentic Cuban history, culture and music at Hotel Nacional de Cuba in Havana. With its privileged location in the town of Vedado, the center of Havana, it sits on a hill just a few steps from the sea, and offers a great view of the Havana Harbor; the seawall and the city.

    Built in 1930, the hotel stands out due to its refined elegance and its ancient splendor, and has attracted a large number of famous personalities such as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, artists Frank Sinatra, and scientist Alexander Fleming, among many others.

    After a short ride to the hotel, you will enjoy your night at the popular Parisien Cabaret, located inside Hotel Nacional de Cuba. Parisien Cabaret offers a spectacular Vegas-style performance, which blends the Indo-American, Hispanic and African cultures that led to the Cuban culture as it is known today.

    After the show, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour involves minimal walking, mostly in asphalt and there is a small amount of steps inside the cabaret. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Guests are advised to bring their camera. Attire is the same as evening attire on the ship. No shorts and collared shirts required for men. Minimum age is 13 years old. This tour is OFAC compliant.

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  • An Evening Stroll in Colonial Havana

    Discover Colonial Havana at night and enjoy one of the oldest and most famous bars from around the world in Havana.

    Before departing the pier, you will see the historic Plaza de San Francisco de Asís, created in the 16th century when Spanish galleons stopped by at the harbor on their passage through the Indies to Spain. The plaza underwent a full restoration in the late 1990s and is most significant for its uneven cobblestones and the white marble Fuente de los Leones (Fountain of Lions) carved by the Italian sculptor Giuseppe Gaggini in 1836.

    Then you will continue on to Havana’s Old Square. This architecturally eclectic square, where Cuban baroque meets Gaudí-inspired art nouveau was first built in 1559 and was originally named Plaza Nueva (New Square). The square was initially used for military exercises but later served as an open-air marketplace, where you can now also see bars, restaurants and cafes. The square has its own micro-brewery, the Angela Landa primary school, a beautiful fenced-in fountain and, on its west side, some of Havana's finest stained-glass windows. Plaza Vieja has had various uses, the last of which was an underground parking lot, but when the city of Old Havana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982, the square was restored to the historic plaza it is today.

    While in Old Square, you will have some free time to walk around and take pictures.

    Your last stop of the walking tour will be at Cathedral Square, the last of the main squares to be created in one of Old Havana’s most beautiful spots. Originally named Plaza de la Ciénaga (Swamp Square) because of its muddy terrain, it later became one of the city’s most important squares after it was drained and paved and wealthy families moved into the area and began building their mansions there.

    The square’s main attraction is a Cathedral, notable for its two unequal towers and its framed theatrical baroque façade designed by Italian architect Francesco Borromini. Known as one of the oldest cathedrals in the Americas, the building was finished in 1787 when the diocese of Havana was created and the church became a cathedral.

    Later on, you will take a short panoramic bus tour through the rest of Old Havana.

    Your final stop for the night will be at the historical Sloppy Joe’s Bar, which re-opened in 2013 after being closed for 48 years. Many say that the well-known Sloppy Joe sandwich is an American staple, while others argue that it came originally from Cuba.

    According to some, the name of the bar comes from their staple sandwich made with ropa vieja (shredded meat), which literally translates to “old clothes.” And like anyone who has ever enjoyed a sloppy joe knows, the sandwich can get a bit messy when eating, hence the “sloppy”. Also, many of the bar’s English-speaking customers nicknamed the owner, Jose Garcia, Joe.

    The bar was frequented by many famous figures like the American novelist Ernest Hemingway, the Australian-born actor Errol Flynn and the English novelist Graham Greene.

    After an enjoyable evening and lively music at Sloppy Joe’s, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour involves some walking, about 15 minutes, mostly in asphalt and cobblestone. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Guests are advised to bring their camera. This tour is OFAC compliant.

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  • The Old Colonial Havana

    Havana, founded in 1519 by the Spanish crown, became one of the Caribbean's main centers for ship-building by the 17th century. Today, it is a metropolis with approximately 2.1 million residents that invites guests to discover a complex mosaic of colors and rhythms, an interesting mix of Baroque, neo-classical and Renaissance architecture, and a wonderful assortment of cuisine to delight the senses.

    Before departing the pier, you will see the historic Plaza de San Francisco de Asís, created in the 16th century when Spanish galleons stopped by at the harbor on their passage through the Indies to Spain. The plaza underwent a full restoration in the late 1990s and is most significant for its uneven cobblestones and the white marble Fuente de los Leones (Fountain of Lions) carved by the Italian sculptor Giuseppe Gaggini in 1836.

    Then you will continue on to Havana’s Old Square. This architecturally eclectic square, where Cuban baroque meets Gaudí-inspired art nouveau was first built in 1559 and was originally named Plaza Nueva (New Square). The square was initially used for military exercises but later served as an open-air marketplace, where you can now also see bars, restaurants and cafes. The square has its own micro-brewery, the Angela Landa primary school, a beautiful fenced-in fountain and, on its west side, some of Havana's finest stained-glass windows. Plaza Vieja has had various uses, the last of which was an underground parking lot, but when the city of Old Havana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982, the square was restored to the historic plaza it is today.

    While in Old Square, you will be able to admire the restored colonial buildings from the 17, 18 and 19th centuries and take in the many attractions popular to both Cubans and visitors, like street performances and visual arts.

    Afterwards, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour involves walking for the full duration of the tour, mostly in asphalt and cobblestone, and may include a few steps at the paladares. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Guests are advised to bring a camera, wear flat/comfortable shoes and dress in layers. Rain gear and/or an umbrella is recommended.

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  • The Life of Hemingway in Havana

    The famous writer Ernest Hemingway once said, “I live in Cuba because I love Cuba".

    After departing the pier, you will go to "Finca Vigía," Hemingway's house in Cuba. Finca Vigia is located in the small, working-class town of San Francisco de Paula. Built in 1886 by the Spanish Architect Miguel Pascual y Baguer, Finca Vigia was purchased by Hemingway in 1940 for a cost of $12,500. There, Hemingway wrote two of his most notable novels: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. A Movable Feast was written there as well.

    Afterwards, you will take a 15-minute walk to the Ambos Mundo Hotel – where Hemingway used to go to write. You will have the chance to see the room where he used to stay, which was immortalized after his passing. The hotel was built in the 1920s and was home to Hemingway for seven years in the 1930s. Today, his room is presented as a small museum. The corner of the ground floor hotel lobby also has two walls with framed photographs dedicated to the celebrated author.

    After you will return to the pier.

    Note: This tour involves some walking, about 15 min. mostly in asphalt, and there is a staircase in Hemingway’s house. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Guests are advised to bring their camera, and wear flat, comfortable shoes.

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  • The Vinales Valley - a Unesco World Heritage Site

    Just a few hours from Havana, Viñales Valley is a unique landscape surrounded by hills with vertical sides and rounded tops, called mogotes (pin-cushion hills) and surrounded by a lovely valley with rich, red earth tones and majestic palm trees in the Pinar del Río province. This is one of Cuba’s most fertile areas and where some of the world’s best tobacco is grown, harvested, dried and processed.

    Viñales Valley is one of the best-known areas of Cuba, and in the late 1900s, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The valley is also a national monument. Its beauty and size, 132 square km (51 square miles), make it the most outstanding example of karst valleys in Cuba.

    The first stop of your tour will be at the Guayabita del Pinar rum factory, where you will have the opportunity to taste a special rum flavored with the fruits of wild guayabas (guavas). This small species of guavas grows only in the mountains of Pinar del Rio. Hence the name Guayabita del Pinar.

    Then it’s off to visit a cigar plantation where you will learn about the production of Vegueros cigars. As it is tradition in this region of Cuba, the vegueros (farmers) make their own cigars. As a result of this tradition, in 1996, the Vegueros brand was introduced to the market as a tribute to the countless generations that have cultivated tobacco in Pinar del Rio.

    After sailing through the underground river, you will go to the Mirador Los Jardines, where you will be able to admire the Viñales Valley.

    You will then have the choice to enjoy lunch at either Finca Paradiso or Finca de Concha y Paco, both traditional Cuban restaurants.

    After lunch, you will visit the Mural de la Pre-Historia, a120-meter-tall replica of prehistoric paintings on a mogote. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour involves considerable walking, mostly in asphalt, gravel and wood. There is a significant amount of steps. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Guests are advised to bring a camera, wear flat/comfortable shoes and dress in layers. Rain gear and/or an umbrella is recommended. This tour is OFAC compliant.

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