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  1. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article229341009.html
  2. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article229341009.html
  3. Thanks for your reply Beamafar. Your review was so comprehensive I assumed you’d been on for two weeks! cheers, John
  4. On this back-to-back, did you have to totally disembark in Miami half-way through, only to reboard later? Did you leave your stuff in the cabin? And get a new key card? Assuming you had a late flight, how did you spend your day in Miami after disembarkation? If this has already been covered in your posts, sorry, but the thread is that long! Cheers, John.
  5. The visa agency said in writing that as we are visiting Cuba from Mexico - the previous port o’ call - the £26 visa would suffice! Clearly, more investigation required! Thanks for your prompt response. We are on a BTB in October. Cheers, John.
  6. I read as a British citizen I can get a Cuba visa in my passport before I travel for 26 quid ($35). Did you look into this before your voyage?
  7. Thank you Beamafar. I have read through your comprehensive report, but I wonder what is the freebie Black Card Voyagers’ Club meal, bearing in mind there is no speciality restaurant? And do we get one freebie per week on a 14 night back-to - back?
  8. We are in Havana twice on a two week voyage on Armonia in October. I understand there are two complimentary tours of Havana as part of the ‘cultural exchange’ programme required for the ship to sail to Cuba. Anyone know what they are? Thanks.
  9. Cruise ship passengers and those arriving on the St Peter ferry from Finland do not require visas for (I think) up to 72 hours stay. We went with a private non-ship tour in our own minibus and skipped all the queues everywhere.
  10. I do not drink water, tea or coffee and when I saw the ‘drinks package’ included, I naturally assumed it meant beer, wine and spirits. What a disappointment when I clicked on the symbol to find out the truth. It is definitely a con and deceitful. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  11. There is often an odour of what in England we politely call sh-1-t on cruise ships. In my considerable experience it is more common the older the vessel.
  12. Thank you for your review. We did a transatlantic cruise combined with the Amazon a few years ago on Swan Hellenic’s Minerva II (now P&O Adonia and soon to be Oceania ??). Probably our favourite cruise ever. The Boi Bumba show in Parintins was something we will never forget. “Petty” crime is a problem everywhere, not just in the “third world”. Think Barcelona, Rome, Athens. The only time I have ever been robbed was in Naples on the main drag in broad daylight when I had a Rolex watch snatched by a gang on Vespas. If you crave entertainment on a long cruise, you might consider Cunard (a bit too snobby for me now, although we are Platinum with them) as they fly on different guest entertainers for each sector of the voyage. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  13. Can you remember what was the “free” Champagne on the ship and which one on the plane? What class did you fly? Thanks. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  14. How can you say that in 2017, you racist? Just joking, political correctness gone too far!
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