We were interested in a cruise to Cuba at a time we could go at a reasonable price. It was our first Viking cruise and we booked it over a year ahead, paying the entire cost at booking. The docking at Havana was cancelled resulting in a change of itinerary. Viking compensated us with on-board credit and an overnight stay in Havana at no additional cost. It was a fair arrangement but if I had a chance to cruise to Cuba again, I would be sure the ship could dock in Havana so we could walk around the old city directly from the pier. Our ship was anchored by Cienfuegos, an experience that does not compare to being in the heart of the city.
Cuba was very interesting and our local guides were excellent, sharing honest opinions about the government and economy. The state of infrastructure was terrible. There were huge potholes on secondary roads and horse drawn carts for transportation were common. We were glad to see many independent souvenir vendors. The local people we interacted with were very friendly and some spoke very good English.
Read widely before booking a trip to Cuba. Some on our cruise were surprised that there were no ATM's or credit card terminals. You must have cash and there is a surcharge for using American dollars. Of course there is a surcharge to exchange money too!
Most fellow passengers had sailed with Viking many times. We are converts as many extras are included that you must pay for on mid-priced cruise lines. A meal at each of the specialty restaurants is included. It would be smart to make reservations before boarding as they fill up fast. Food in the regular restaurant is very good with lots of variety. Sharing tables with strangers is not encouraged, but the tables are close enough to talk if you choose. Most fellow passengers are very friendly. Afternoon tea with sandwiches and sweets is offered in the Wintergarden on sea days. There is no Bingo, casino, photographer, or upselling for anything. Evening entertainment included talented singers and dancers but no elaborate production numbers. There were many lectures and port talks and Trivia games at times. Our favorite on board amenity was the spa area which is open without an appointment for the pool sized hot tub, sauna, and snow grotto. WE wished we had more time to enjoy the ship and plan to travel with Viking again soon.
Very spacious and tasteful. There was a small sofa and a reading chair. Items in the mini-bar were replenished daily and included at no charge, up to a point. Nice sized balcony. Cabin steward and all staff were very helpful.
There were trolleys from the ship to Mallory Square where we got on another tram for the Key West tour. We were able to shop and visit a restaurant for Key Lime pie before going back to the ship.View All 256 Conch Train Tour Reviews
The cigar factory was the most interesting thing we saw. There was some time for souvenir shopping.Not a lot to see.
The city tour was excellent with time to look around independently at Viscaya and Little Havanna.View All 168 City Tour Reviews