Cuban Cruise Review - May 1st, 2017 - The very FIRST Norwegian sailing!!!

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Originally posted by Frogdogpal
How can you tell a counterfeit from a real one?
I thought she said it was a $3 CUC. Which doesn't exist. Ever heard the expression, "Queer as a three dollar bill"? Toot-Toot!

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Originally posted by Mr. Muster
I thought she said it was a $3 CUC. Which doesn't exist. Ever heard the expression, "Queer as a three dollar bill"? Toot-Toot!



Ole!

It absolutely DOES exist! They are widely used in Cuba and we were able to exchange all back ... except for that counterfeit. Apparently, the fakes have a hologram of the wrong person. I can't exactly remember the person, but they showed us all the good bills with a male (or female). Whereas, the counterfeits were of the opposite sex.


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Hello Dearies!

I've been meaning to ask if they have had any formal wine tasting events scheduled along with wine specials to purchase? We enjoyed that on a previous cruise and would like to do it again. Thanks!

Toot-Toot!

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I have a souvenir 3CUP from a woman at a drink stand at Morro Castle. I gave her a signed US$1 bill and she gave me a signed 3CUP. Whether she keeps or spends the US$1 is of no concern to me. It was a fun exchange and she was very nice. The 3CUP is SO OLD ... is SO crumpled and used. I also have 1CUC left that wasn't worth cashing in. It too is just SO old and crinkled and used. Seems like there isn't a lot of new cash introduced in to the system. If a Cuban resident signed a CUC, I wonder how long it would take to get back to the same person.
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Originally posted by CTCruiser001
Google 'Havana Tours by Blexie'.

Blexie was already booked and put us with a friend of his named Roly. My communication via email with Blexie was fantastic and the guide we had for the day, Roly, was wonderful! He spoke very good English and worked hard to give you what you wanted. Do a little research and let them know what you want to see. We paid in CUC$, 130 CUC$. We tipped an additional 50 CUC$ because Roly and the driver, Hector were both wonderful!

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Thank you so much for your reviews!! I referenced your thread on the current thread that I am a part of for a Carnival Cuba cruise in October. I have read, reread, and made notes of a lot of your information. I am happy to report that I have had contact with Havana Tours by Blexie and we are scheduled to have Roly as our guide. After your glowing review or your private tour, I am convinced that we are doing a great excursion. Thank you, again!!!
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Originally posted by podunktx
Thank you so much for your reviews!! I referenced your thread on the current thread that I am a part of for a Carnival Cuba cruise in October. I have read, reread, and made notes of a lot of your information. I am happy to report that I have had contact with Havana Tours by Blexie and we are scheduled to have Roly as our guide. After your glowing review or your private tour, I am convinced that we are doing a great excursion. Thank you, again!!!
Enjoy your trip!!

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Originally posted by Mr. Muster
I can't wait to get a $3 CUC!!!! I'd even take a counterfeit one!

Ole!
Because generally people do not scrutinize small bills, it's the higher ones peop,e really look at
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Are you saying you can't go back to a bank before departing Cuba to exchange any remaining CUC to USD?
There is a currency exchange on the dock right after you get off the ship and you can exchange your Cuban money back to US dollars before you get back on the ship. It's very easy and convenient.

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Originally posted by jimdalva
The Hop on Hop off bus was a good value, and highly recommended. The T1 line stops right in front of the ship and is $10 Cuban, paid as you enter the bus. Its a 2 hour circle thru Havana, very good!
The T3 line stops at Parc Centro, its $5, and it gets on the highway and drives out to the beaches. Also very good and a little less that 2 hours. Then back to the ship on T1 Bus.

NOTE; T1 stops at Parc Centro, twice, once outbound (5 min from the ship) and again Inbound (2 hours around the circle back to the ship). Once you finish the T3 route make sure that you get on the right T1 that gets back to the ship in 5 min, OR you may find yourself doing the 2 hour tour again.
The Inbound T1 and outbound T1 stop on opposite sides of the same Parc Centro square, it EZ to see both stops, the square is not that big.
Is that like the Hop on Hop Off bus in Key West where you can get off the bus to do some sightseeing and then hop back on and go to another tourist spot for the one fee? Thanks
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Originally posted by Crusin5252
Is that like the Hop on Hop Off bus in Key West where you can get off the bus to do some sightseeing and then hop back on and go to another tourist spot for the one fee? Thanks
Yes, but we never felt the need to get off the T1 bus around the city, we had a great view from the top of the double decker bus.
We did get off the T3 bus at the beach, we bough a drink at the beach and re boarded the bus after its 20 min layover. If you want more time at the beach, the busses come every 45 min to an hour.
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thanks for posting this informative review and sharing
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Originally posted by cruisersMandW
First thank you so much for your wonderful posts. We're going in June so it was very helpful.

But to answer your question: we've been on 29 or 30 cruises and only once were we aware of a death on board. It was a longer trip so many people had at least met her. It was health related. If you actually think about the numbers of people cruising each day, as well as a tilt toward the more seasoned (but young at heart) population, I don't think the number of deaths would be unusual.

Thanks again for the info. Maybe we'll cruise together some day.
We go on the longer cruises in Asia and the Med. The demographic for these cruises is old and older. We are 70, for instance. We have been on 4 or 5 cruises during which --often the first day-- someone has died of natural causes. On one trip our luggage was taken by friends of a couple with our last name. The wife broke Her ankle and was hospitalized. When the husband left the hospital, he died of a heart attack! So the friends said they would collect their luggage but collected ours! It was a week before that was found out.