We did a cruise around the Island of Cuba on december 26 2014 to January 2 2015. We boarded in Montego Bay (Jamaica) and then went to Cienfuegos (Cuba), Island of the youth (Cuba), Havana (Cuba), Antilla (Cuba), Santiago de Cuba and back to Montego Bay. We flew from Montreal to Montego Bay by Air Transat with a transfer from airport to port arranged by air transat and the same thing on the way back .....everything went smoothly (we had a small bus on the way in so we had to wait one hour for some people who were really late (no respect for people they are on time) but on the way back the guide put us on a taxi so we did not had to wait for late people.....it was greatlty appreciated).
The ship is in very good condition (no luxury but very clean and nice), when we arrived employees were waiting for us to escort us for the chek-in which was very efficient (took about 10 minutes) then went to the reception to ask some questions and pay for the safe which is in the room and they give us an electronic key for the safe (took about 3 minutes)....then went directly to the room which was ready (deluxe interior room on deck 7 (category IE) , very clean and a lot of storage so we unpacked everything and we still had room for more if we needed, a large bathroom). They had 2 free restaurants opened the entire week (one on the 8th floor (breakfast was a buffet everyday, lunch and dinner was sit down service (they had at least 4 choices for the main course every day)....il was excellent) and the other one was the buffet for every meals on the 9 th floor (almost the same food as the other restaurant except as buffet) it was excellent too..) and 1 restaurant with a cover charge. They had at least 6 bars throughout the ship with a very good service. One the ship there is a small pool which was almost never used and a whirlpool at the back of the ship. The service by all employees was really excellent and always with a smile, they always try to help in the way they can. All excursions were very well organized. The shows were all excellent with singers and dancers every night (production shows) +++ live music to listen with two duos in different bars. We did not know what to expect from that cruise and it was excellent and we had more than expected. Ther is no luxury on that ship but they have everything with an excellent service, excellent food, etc......
Very nice town and we took a ship excursion tour to the botanical garden, tour around the town, tour to a palace with a drink and a local show. The guides were excellent with a very good knowledge (they always had an answer to any questions the were asked)...it was worth the money spent for that.
Island of the youth:
We had to take a tender but was very well organized. It's a very pretty beach for walk, swim or sunbath with a lot of chairs available.
Very very nice town and we walked around the old town, took a drink on a terrace near the port. Went shopping in a big craft market. Bargain for a city tour on a carriage ride (they ask for 20 CUC/person and finally we had it at 5CUC/person).
We had to take a tender but was very well organized. We took a ship excursion tour for the cuba life of before and now (we went at the place where Christopher Columbus arrived, had a show by native indians the way it was before, went to a craft market and a beautifull beach at Guardavalaca). The guides were excellent with a very good knowledge (they always had an answer to any questions the were asked)...it was worth the money spent for that.
Santiago de Cuba:
Very nice town and we took a ship excursion tour called Santiago special and it was excellent. The guides were excellent with a very good knowledge (they always had an answer to any questions the were asked)...it was worth the money spent for that.
Excelent room with plenty of storage rooms. . , a large bathroom.