We chose this cruise because it was a good deal for the itinerary. Key West is one of our favorite ports and we had never been to Cuba. We knew the ship was older and we did see signs of wear. The cabin was small but we did not spend much time in it. We food was good. We ate in the dining room whenever we could. It was quieter than the Windjammer. We had the early seating in the dining room. Our waiter and assistant waitress were attentive. We arrived in Fort Lauderdale the day before the cruise so we were able to arrive at the port close to 11 a.m. Embarking was fast. We were in the Windjammer before noon. The first day was at sea. We took part in trivia and other daytime activities. There were enough activities to keep us busy all day. We did go to the shows every evening. They included a comedian, juggler, and the on board troupe. The crew members and staff we interacted with where all helpful and friendly. We explored Key West on our own. It is a very walk-able port. In Havanna, we booked a private six hour excursion. Because we were the only two people in the car, we were able to personalize the tour to include what we wanted to see. The second day we did a free walking food tour. Both excursions were very interesting and allowed us a good insight into the lives of the Cuban people. Disembarking was very easy and went fairly quickly.
The cabin is at the very front of the ship. We had the beds separated to be able to move around the cabin. The window is a distance from the beds. This area gave us room to store things. There was enough storage for us to unpack everything for the five day cruise. The suitcases were stored under the bed. The bathroom was very small.
We arrived in Fort Lauderdale the day before our cruise. It was very easy to get to the prt from our hotel. It was easy to get to the airport from the cruise terminal at the end of the cruise.
We explored Key West on our own. We walked from the cruise ship to the Hemingway House. It was a very interesting tour. We then walked across the street to the lighthouse where we climbed to the top for some great views of Key West.
We had booked a private 6 hour tour in a classic car with air conditioning. We were able to customize the tour to include several sites we wanted to see. It was a great tour with a very good guide. On day two of our stay in Havana, we went on a free walking food tour of Havana. The food was great and we learned more about the culture of Cuba. Again it was a good tour.