Cruising into Havana is one of the finest moments of travel, both visually and emotionally. All the decades of waiting just to come here, wash away and everything comes quickly into view. Your first sight of Havana will be off the starboard side where you will see expansive views of the Havana skyline.
Be sure to move over to the port side before you enter Havana Bay (Bahia de La Habana), as your ship will sail very close to the majestic Morro Castle (Castillo del Morro). Do not miss it!!
Sailing through the bay, you will get your first glimpses of life in Havana and of course those beautiful ’50s cars. It is a site to behold! The Malecon that extends along the bay will be flush with cars of all types.
Your Cruise ship will dock to her port in Havana at the Terminal Sierra Maestra San Francisco. You begin to see just how PERFECTLY situated you will be for your Havana adventure, literally just steps away from Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
After clearing Cuba Customs and exchanging some cash for CUCs (Cuban Convertible Peso), walk right across the street into old Havana then turn around and you will see the beautiful facade of the Terminal Sierra Maestra.
Now, everywhere you look will be stunning architecture as would be expected in Old Havana, this “Paris of the Caribbean”. Thank you UNESCO for making such a fine choice to preserve this beauty.
You are just a short walking distance away from “Hemingway’s” Hotel Ambos Mundos, it looks like it never changed. You can almost see Pauline waiting for Ernest, her husband to return to room 511.
Small restaurants and Paladars (family owned private restaurants) abound in the area, all serving the best Mojitos and Cuban Cuisine you could ever imagine, in picture perfect settings.
When night falls and you realize just how lucky you are that your ship is overnighting in Havana, adventures await in the soft amber light of night time Havana. Perhaps a romantic dinner with music at the excellent Paladar los Mercaderes is on tap. That balcony table calls out your name…
After a fine meal of lobster in pineapple and brandy sauce, succulent roast pork, ceviche and grilled vegetables, head on out to Obispo and stroll the streets, stopping often to hear enticing Cuban music in the numerous bars along the way. Then of course just keep going until you find Floridita, home of the Daiquiri. You will see the neon side beckoning you from a distance.
This was Hemingway’s hangout. Head inside and saddle up to the bar or find a table. Imagine Hemingway smoking his cigar in this, his favorite watering hole and cooling down with a daiquiri. Order up a Papa Doble or two, listen to the music and breath in the atmosphere. Light up a Cohiba and and have a seat across from Ernest.
Make you own memories here in Havana, just be sure to come with open eyes and an open heart and your experience will last a lifetime.
Join us on A Night in Havana! Cruising to Cuba went back to to the ship after our first day in Havana, we freshened up and went back out for an adventure we will never forget. You can too, just book a Cruise to Cuba…
From noble monuments to jazz clubs billowing the smoke of cuban cigars it will intrigue your senses. It is broken down into three cities in one. But it is Old Havana with it’s narrow streets and overhanging balconies that Americans imagine when docking in Cuba.
From exploring the architecture and landmark historical sights, to dining on the delicate spices in Cuban cuisine your senses will be overwhelmed with the charm of this city. But the true Havana experience is meeting the Habaneros. It is the people of Havana with the smiles that won’t quit and the resilient spirit that will steal your heart.
Cruising To Cuba is currently taking reservations for ALL Fathom, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Azamara, Oceania, Victory and Regent and Pearl Seas Sailings to Cuba. We are also booking our Group Cruises with special pricing aboard the Fathom Adonia on March 5, 2017 and April 30, 2017 . Please fill out a booking form right away to be included on one of these magnificent sailings! Cabin availability is going fast. Pricing may change until time of deposit.