Posted March 2nd, 2017, 09:18 PM
Thanks Jacki I am happy to hear you speak so highly about the tours and it makes me feel better. Fathom sounds organized and we are really looking forward to this cruise. How did you like the food on the ship? Did you spend a lot of money while you were in Cuba? We are trying to figure out how much money to bring with is. We will be taking one of the tours in a classic convertible - my hubby is a car buff so is a must do for him.
A tour down the Malecon in a Classic car was on our bucket list.
We did that the last day in Havana, leaving our tour after lunch and walking to where we saw the old cars lined up to transport people. We waited for a convertible, a couple got out and we got in. We paid 20 Cuban dollars for a half hour ride, doing what we wanted, and were dropped off at the Flea Market near the cruise terminal, where we spent our left over Cuban money. You bargain at these places.
We took a taxi on our overnight in Havana and went out on our own. You'll bargain with the taxi drivers, if it seems high. We spent $10 Cuban to go from the ship to Hotel National were we had dinner and saw a show.
When we tried to get a taxi to go home they quoted $20 and we said no, so we walked away and another taxi pulled up and took us for $8. We tipped him to round it out to $10
We cashed about $250 US and made sure we spent it all.
You will tip like mad in Cuba. The city guides, your drivers, the servers at the restaurants, the guides you get to show you around certain city features, like the beautiful Opera House in Havana, and the old cemetery. They spend an hour or so with you and you'll tip them.
You may want to buy rum, cigars, coffee, trinkets, etc.....
We didn't buy cigars, but bought rum to drink on the ship, (no problem bringing it onboard to have a cocktail in your room). We bought trinkets, toys, coffee, nothing amounted to much.
The food on the ship was good. We always found something we liked at the buffet. We ate meals outside on the aft deck right outside the buffet. It was peaceful and quiet.