Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Havana, welcomes the world famous Carnival Cruise Lines to Havana, Cuba. The world leader in Cuba Cruises plans to launch another 20+ cruises beginning in 2019 and 2020, including the company’s first scheduled voyage to the island nation from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Cuba has become red hot on the cruise ship travel circuit and tourist continue to sing the praises as the “best cruise ever” according to many cruise ship passengers
Here is a list of the Havana Cuba Cruises as well as their Florida Port of Call:
Carnival Triumph (Fort Lauderdale): Eight five-day cruises featuring an overnight stop in Havana and a day-long call in Nassau leaving Dec. 14, 2019, and Jan. 11, Feb. 8 and 22, March 7 and 21, and April 4 and 18, 2020; and a five-day cruise with an overnight Havana stop and a visit to Half Moon Cay, Carnival Corp.’s private island in the Bahamas, departing Jan. 20, 2020.
Carnival Victory (Miami): A three-day voyage with a day-long call in Havana departing Nov. 22, 2019.
CUBA MIAMI CRUISES
Carnival Sensation (Miami): A four-day cruise featuring an overnight Havana stop and an extended visit to Nassau departing March 19, 2020, plus two five-day sailings with overnight Havana calls plus stops in Freeport and Nassau departing Feb. 15 and 29, 2020.
Carnival Paradise (Tampa): A five-day voyage departing Nov. 18, 2019, with an overnight call in Havana and a stop at Key West.
Carnival Sunshine (Charleston): A four-day cruise with a day-long call in Havana departing Nov. 21, 2019, along with eight five-day cruises with Havana and Freeport calls departing Jan. 6, Feb. 3 and 17, March 2, 16 and 30 and April 13, and 27, 2020.
Havana Cuba Cruises all offer cultural shore excursions that showcase Cuba’s unique Latin culture, and architecture. Cuban-themed activities and entertainment including “Havana-inspired deck parties, trivia contests and salsa lessons,” Carnival said in a news release.
Cuba Criuses prices starting at $220 per person for three-day sailings, and less than $400 per person for most of the five-day sailings. Port fees and taxes are extra
If you plan to criuse to Cuba, be aware that the Cuban government requires all guests to present a tourist visa — called a “Tarjeta Turistica” — for $45 upon entry and departure, but those are available from Carnival for $75 a person. Enjoy your Havana Cuba Cruises and practice your Latin dancing.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
|Havana Cuba at Night|
|English: The Hotel Inglaterra in Havana, Cuba (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The embassy of the United Kingdom is at Calle 34 no. 704, between Avenida 7 and 17, Miramar (tel. 7/214-2200; fax 7/214-2218; www.britishembassy.gov.uk/cuba).
Language in Cuba-- Spanish is the official language of Cuba. English very popular and is spoken at all tourist hotels and most restaurants and Cuban attractions. Once yuou venture outside of Havana into thre countryside English is not widely spoken.
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011
|Havana Cuba's Only Golf Resort|
GOLFING IN HAVANA CUBA
(CNN) -- Under Fidel Castro's rule, golf was all but eliminated in Cuba, but the bourgeois sport of the West is poised for a comeback on the communist-run island.
Castro and Che Guevara famously staged a golf match to antagonize then-U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower, and soon after he came to power in 1959 the revolutionary leader began his march on Cuba's dozen or more courses.
The tanks rolled in, and some were turned into military facilities. One became an art school, and Castro reportedly built a house on the fairways of another. By the time he was finished, only two courses remained.
But over half a century later, a more relaxed political regime and a hunger for the tourism dollar is set to transform Cuba into an unlikely golfing hotspot for Western travelers.
Gallery: Alberto Korda golf
"Golf is becoming a reality in Cuba this year," Andrew MacDonald, chief executive of London-based Esencia Hotels and Resorts, told CNN.
"The key moment was a change in Cuban property law last August to make foreign ownership far more attractive.
"The Cuban government have a vision of establishing 15-16 new golf courses in the next five to seven years."
Esencia is part of that vision. Its luxury Carbonera Country Club development in the beach resort of Varadero has been seven years in the making, and MacDonald hopes to start construction on the $300 million project in the next few months.
Cuba has a great climate, coastal frontage for development and needs golf to support tourism demands
--Les Furber, golf course designer
* Fidel Castro
Leisure Canada, a Cuban investment company based in Vancouver, is also at advanced stages with three planned golf developments in the Pinar del Rio province on Cuba's west coast.
And London-based firm Foster and Partners confirmed to CNN it has been commissioned by a Spanish developer to build a 2,000-unit golfing community with three courses in the same area.
Cuba currently has just 27 holes for golfers. The ramshackle nine-hole Havana Golf Club survived the Castro regime as a venue for foreign diplomats and visiting businessmen, while the Varadero Golf Club on the east coast was extended to 18 holes in 1998 thanks to a $20 million investment from the government.
Canadian Les Furber was the man who designed it, and he said the political climate made for a protracted process.
Why did Communist heroes play the bourgeois game?
"Because of the U.S. embargo on products and services it was challenging to get many of the things we needed, and the economic time meant it took eight years to build the golf course due to the lack of diesel fuel, tires and batteries etc," he said.
Despite the frustrations, Furber is keen to return to the island to work on future developments, and believes Cuba is ideally situated to attract Western golfers.
"Cuba is 90 miles from Miami and has a great climate, coastal frontage for development and needs golf to support the tourism demands," he said.
"Cuba recognizes now that it does not have any financial support from foreign countries and needs tourism in a big way to help pay for its imports and lines of credit for most things it does not produce or manufacture."
Golf will be an Olympic event in 2016. Cuba should seriously prepare for golf as they have done with other sports
--Golfer Alvaro Quiros
Cuba's minister for tourism Manuel Marrero said in 2010 that 16 golf developments had already been approved by the Council of Ministers. He stressed that golf was fundamental to its plans to bolster the tourism industry.
But Havana Golf Club's resident professional Johan Vega has heard it all before. He remains skeptical over the mooted developments, and harbors doubts whether Cuba is truly ready to embrace the sport that, thanks to Castro, is no more than a minority activity.
"When the new ones open show them to me. Then I will know it is true," he told the Golf.com website.
"In Cuba golf culture simply doesn't exist. If you talk to people here about birdies and bogeys they have no idea what you mean."
Cuba's golf revolution will certainly be on the agenda in April when Varadero hosts the third annual Montecristo Cup, a tournament open to amateurs and professionals.
Spanish professional Alvaro Quiros will be the big-name attraction this year, and the four-time winner on the European Tour is fully behind the initiative to bring golf back to the Cuban people.
"It is important that support is given to many people in Cuba to play, practice and participate in golf," he said after his appearance at Varadero in 2010.
Golf wasn't a priority in Cuba before. It's worth noting that 10 million U.S. citizens can already come here because of their Cuban relatives--Esencia's Andrew MacDonald.
"Cuba is known for its baseball players, and when you think about it the golf swing is not a million miles away from that used in baseball."
While initially looking to the "Anglo-Saxon" tourist market, MacDonald believes the U.S. government will ultimately relax its restrictions on Americans visiting Cuba.
"I see that coming in softly over the next few years. But it's also worth noting that 10 million U.S. citizens can already come here because of their Cuban relatives," he said.
As for Castro and Guevara's famous game, it was won by the younger man with a score of 127. Castro shot over 150 and some have suggested his resentment of golf was simply down to the fact he was never any good at it.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
HAVANA CUBA TRAVEL VIDEO
Havana,or La Habana as the Cubans call their capital of 2.5 million people, is one of the most exciting cities in the world.
Havana Cuba Feelings is a collage of old Cuban film footage, Cuban photos, statements from Cuban personalities from Cuba's world of entertainment, Latin Art and culture, as well as shots of today's modern Havana. It's a glittering portrait of a city in its golden years. Havana. An air of transience shrouds the moods of Havana city, whose lethargic rhythm of life only serves to accentuate the ravages of time. Havana's dilapidated charm has become fashionable. Its old splendor is being restored. For all those who hope to find here what may have been lost forever elsewhere - The feeling of a bygone era.
Havana Cuba, an old man who, for decades, had his finger on the pulse of the city: chronicles of the Cuban way of life and friend of the Lost Cuban bohemians. As a Cuban young man is always writing stories about this exotic mysterious city. His articles and reports now cast light upon a world consigned to the past since the triumph of Fidel Castro's revolution. In the early thirties many Cubans came from the countryside to the Cuban metropolis. Since then they have been writing about everyone and everything in the city. "You can't talk about Havana at that time without mentioning the friendly Cuban people." They saw the old Havana city as it became transformed, as it turned into a throbbing metropolis. The cityscape kept changing along with the style of the times. The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie behind facades where the most diverse styles mingled, coating the city with Cuban patina.
Know the real facts of the city of Havana, its people from the present and its past; Cuban singers, actors, composers, journalists,& sexy Cuban dancers. We also learn about Havana's turbulent history and fascinating culture and amazing architecture.
The old city of Old Havana or Havana Veja thrives on its folksy original characters. The eccentrics are now one of Cuba's top tourist attraction. They personify - and sell - Cuban flair.
One of Havana's most famous visitors was Ernest Hemingway. He always turned up with him in the right place at the right time to provide the press with little stories about nights in Havana.
Hemingway left a special memento to his local Cuban bar Floridita. With the master barkeeper, he created the world famous Daiquiri Hemingway Special, the legendary papa Hemingway double. Both the master and the drink have been immortalized in his novel Islands in the Stream. It was intended as a gathering of friends. A party for Hemingway, who won the Nobel Prize with his Cuban theme. On this day, the American author surprised those present with an unusually emotional gesture. After the meal he climbed up onto the platform and handed his Nobel Prize medal to Fernando Campoamor - who in turn donated it to the patron saint of Cuba, the Virgin de la Caridad del Cobre near Santiago de Cuba. With this gesture, as far as the Fidel was concerned, Hemingway had finally become a Cuban.
Enjoy this fabulous Havana Cuba Video.
Cuba Havana Video.
Havana Travel the streets of modern day Havana. Its like going back into a time capsule into one of the most exciting cities in the modern world. Witness how Cubans celebrate their daughter's coming-of-age while enjoying the Havana high life at a tobacco festival fashion show with catwalk model and soap opera star Yoandra Suarez.