Posted March 24th, 2017, 10:13 AM
Not negating the other poster's experience, but as a counterpoint...
I did the El Morro tour over Christmas week and found it very interesting. It is NOT dealing with La Revolucion (that is a different tour) and as such would not get out at the monument with the machetes. We did get out at San Juan Hill, and we also had enough time at El Morro. I didn't time it, but I'm pretty sure everyone was back on the bus before our deadline. The buses go to different restaurants and are limited by availability - there is no place that could take even more than 2 buses if that. Just like anywhere else, there are going to be different types of restaurants - for example, Havana once had one of the largest Chinatowns around, and I know there are a number of Cubans with non-Hispanic heritage. My bus went to a private beach club. Other buses went to government-run restaurants. It all depends on what is available restaurant-wise and what they have available food-wise. Unless you are talking those affiliated with a hotel such as the restaurants at the Hotel Nacional in Havana, the restaurants are not like restaurants we in the US are used to. There may be a couple of choices food-wise, but largely it is whatever the government has provided when you are talking about the government-run places and what the owners have been able to get if you're talking the paladars. The cultural presentation...not sure why that being in Spanish was a surprise - from what I heard on the Christmas cruise, everyone had some kind of musical presentation...not a lecture or anything, so language is not really a barrier as music is a universal language. I looked at is as cultural immersion. I found the tour a very good introduction to Santiago.
I'm opting to do El Cobre on the 4/9 sailing because I've done El Morro and while I enjoyed it, forts and military stuff is not really my thing, so I didn't want to repeat the El Morro one and the one about La Revolucion has little interest to me.
In terms of the Fiesta, I agree that fried chicken and spaghetti seems odd...but not sure why you'd think that would have a Cuban flair as that's in the DR?
Past Cruises ~ 4/1983 - SS Emerald Seas, Bahamas; 7/2013 - Disney Dream, Bahamas; 2/2014 - Disney Dream, Bahamas; 7/2014 - HAL ms Westerdam, Alaska; 2/2015 - Disney Fantasy, Eastern Caribbean; 7/2015 - RCCL Radiance of the Seas, Alaska; 7/2016 - RCCL Brilliance of the Seas, Mediterranean/Venice; 12/2016 - fathom Adonia, Cuba; 2/2017 - Disney Magic, Bahamas; 4/2017 - fathom Adonia, Cuba and Dominican Republic
Future Cruises ~ 7/2018 - Jewel of the Seas, Greek Isles; 2/2019 - Celebrity EDGE, Western Caribbean; 7/2019 - Disney Dream, Bahamas