Havana City Tour Excursion Reviews

A beautiful and colorful city, you can walk down El Malecón, visit Old Havana and the Catedral de San Cristóbal, hear salsa music, and shop open-air bazaars.
'Best of Havana' six hour tour.
Sail Date: April 2019
'Best of Havana' six hour tour. Was a bus and walking tour. Included lunch at an authentic restaurant and two alcoholic beverages (government-owned restaurant, not a paladar). It said you visit a distillery, but it's really ... Read More
'Best of Havana' six hour tour. Was a bus and walking tour. Included lunch at an authentic restaurant and two alcoholic beverages (government-owned restaurant, not a paladar). It said you visit a distillery, but it's really just a shop that sells cigars, coffee, and Havana Club and Legendario Rum. You get to do tastings of the coffee and rum, and get time to make purchases before heading over to the cemetery. I recommend this tour! We definitely wouldn't have seen as much if we wandered around the city on our own. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Took a 3 hour old car tour around Havana in a convertible.
Sail Date: April 2019
Took a 3 hour old car tour around Havana in a convertible. It was pretty hot with no shade but we enjoyed the tour. Get a guide along with your driver.
Took a 3 hour old car tour around Havana in a convertible. It was pretty hot with no shade but we enjoyed the tour. Get a guide along with your driver. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Did this in the old cars, saw many fun and interesting things, drivers and guides very informative.
Sail Date: March 2019
Did this in the old cars, saw many fun and interesting things, drivers and guides very informative.
Did this in the old cars, saw many fun and interesting things, drivers and guides very informative. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
So fun to see all the colorful classic cars.
Sail Date: March 2019
So fun to see all the colorful classic cars. Touring Havana was very interesting. It was good to see some new investment, but clearly in need of infrastructure investment (roads, sidewalks, buildings, etc.). Cuban people are very nice ... Read More
So fun to see all the colorful classic cars. Touring Havana was very interesting. It was good to see some new investment, but clearly in need of infrastructure investment (roads, sidewalks, buildings, etc.). Cuban people are very nice and most we interacted with spoke English. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Our Hemingway tour was canceled (we don't know why) so as a back-up we booked a seven-hour city ...
Sail Date: March 2019
Our Hemingway tour was canceled (we don't know why) so as a back-up we booked a seven-hour city tour that included a stop at Finca Viga, Hemingway's house, now a museum run by the Cuban government. Although you can't go into ... Read More
Our Hemingway tour was canceled (we don't know why) so as a back-up we booked a seven-hour city tour that included a stop at Finca Viga, Hemingway's house, now a museum run by the Cuban government. Although you can't go into the house, you can see most of it through open doors and windows. It is being very well maintained, as is Hemingway's boat, El PIlar, which is in a large shed near the swimming pool. Finca Viga was the highlight of this tour. We did not exchange any U.S. dollars into the tourism currency, CUC; instead we were able to use U.S. dollars and euros with tour guides, in shops, restaurants, etc. There is an official 13%+ penalty for exchanging U.S. dollars but only a small exchange charge for exchanging Canadian dollars or euros. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara Club Cruises
Amazing - the architecture, the cars, the scenery were all fantastic.
Sail Date: March 2019
Amazing - the architecture, the cars, the scenery were all fantastic. We also did the Hemingway Experience where we walked through the city and went to his two favourite bars and had a drink in each and then to his house
Amazing - the architecture, the cars, the scenery were all fantastic. We also did the Hemingway Experience where we walked through the city and went to his two favourite bars and had a drink in each and then to his house Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Went for a walking tour first.This give people the time to buy cuban cigars.We had a lovely lunch ...
Sail Date: March 2019
Went for a walking tour first.This give people the time to buy cuban cigars.We had a lovely lunch at local restaurant.We also went to a local bar with a band playing whilst we all got to try some rum and cuban coffee(very nice) and a cuban ... Read More
Went for a walking tour first.This give people the time to buy cuban cigars.We had a lovely lunch at local restaurant.We also went to a local bar with a band playing whilst we all got to try some rum and cuban coffee(very nice) and a cuban cigar. Our tour group went to the top of the city to see the views. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Excellent guide.
Sail Date: February 2019
Excellent guide. Visited several of the major sites and drove by many others. Excellent lunch at Fusion. Get the fish! If you give your camera to the ladies in the Hemingway house, they will want a tip.
Excellent guide. Visited several of the major sites and drove by many others. Excellent lunch at Fusion. Get the fish! If you give your camera to the ladies in the Hemingway house, they will want a tip. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
Great time with Yunet from Viajes Vintage Tour Agency in Havana, we toured the old town and then ...
Sail Date: February 2019
Great time with Yunet from Viajes Vintage Tour Agency in Havana, we toured the old town and then the ride in a classic convertible car... awesome and highly recommended
Great time with Yunet from Viajes Vintage Tour Agency in Havana, we toured the old town and then the ride in a classic convertible car... awesome and highly recommended Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara Club Cruises
We loved seeing all the old architecture of the city.
Sail Date: February 2019
We loved seeing all the old architecture of the city. However very disappointed in how trashy it was. If Cuba wants to share their country with other countries they need to clean up. There was trash everywhere
We loved seeing all the old architecture of the city. However very disappointed in how trashy it was. If Cuba wants to share their country with other countries they need to clean up. There was trash everywhere Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
We very much enjoyed our private tour with Alejandro and Winnie from Cuba Outings!
Sail Date: February 2019
We very much enjoyed our private tour with Alejandro and Winnie from Cuba Outings! We started with a drive around New Havana and Modern Havana in Alejandro's 1953 Chevy BelAir convertible. We visited El Cristo de la Habana, the Plaza ... Read More
We very much enjoyed our private tour with Alejandro and Winnie from Cuba Outings! We started with a drive around New Havana and Modern Havana in Alejandro's 1953 Chevy BelAir convertible. We visited El Cristo de la Habana, the Plaza de la Revolución, drove by Chinatown and the giant Christopher Columbus Cemetery, as well as through the Bosque de La Habana and the Capitol before returning to Old Havana. We said goodbye to Alejandro and the convertible, and Winnie took us to a small, privately owned restaurant for lunch, Barroco, where we had delicious mojitos and some vieja ropa. Although the mojitos were great, I do find myself wishing I had tried the papaya smoothie concoction that Winnie ordered, as it looked delicious! After lunch, we continued the walking portion of the tour of Old Havana, visiting the Plaza de la Catedral, the Plaza de Armes and the surrounding museums (although they were unfortunately closed, as we visited on a Monday), Plaza Vieja, before returning to the Plaza de San Francisco next to the cruise port. Winnie kept up a steady stream of information (per our request - she said she didn't want to overwhelm us, but we assured her we wanted to be overwhelmed), and we learned not just about the history of Cuba, but a lot of the present as well. Excellent tour, I would highly recommend it! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
"The Best of Havana" bus tour was amazing, the guide Claudia really knew her history.
Sail Date: February 2019
"The Best of Havana" bus tour was amazing, the guide Claudia really knew her history. We went to Hemingway's home, local cemetery, Fusterland, Revolution Square and had lunch at "Mr. Crab", they served lobster.
"The Best of Havana" bus tour was amazing, the guide Claudia really knew her history. We went to Hemingway's home, local cemetery, Fusterland, Revolution Square and had lunch at "Mr. Crab", they served lobster. Was fantastic. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Although it was a long drive from our port to get there one can't miss out on Havana.
Sail Date: January 2019
Although it was a long drive from our port to get there one can't miss out on Havana. Covered pretty much everything and returned to the ship tired but happy. It is a place in a time warp and you could clearly see the effects of the ... Read More
Although it was a long drive from our port to get there one can't miss out on Havana. Covered pretty much everything and returned to the ship tired but happy. It is a place in a time warp and you could clearly see the effects of the decades long embargo. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
We booked the City Tour and San Jose Handcraft Market tour for our first day in Havana.
Sail Date: January 2019
We booked the City Tour and San Jose Handcraft Market tour for our first day in Havana. Best part was, we were the first off the ship with no lines at Cuban immigration. Super easy and nothing to worry about. We boarded a bus and were ... Read More
We booked the City Tour and San Jose Handcraft Market tour for our first day in Havana. Best part was, we were the first off the ship with no lines at Cuban immigration. Super easy and nothing to worry about. We boarded a bus and were first taken to a cigar/rum factory. Our guide was very knowledgeable and told everyone about the different types of cigars. We then went to Muralandea which is an artistic area where they teach art and music to children. They had art and jewelry which you could buy. I wish I would have bought something because these things were MUCH nicer than anything at the San Jose Flea Market. We drove all around the city and saw all the sites, getting out along the way. The San Jose Market was a BIG disappointment. Tons of stalls with cheap t-shirts, caps, ashtrays and frig magnets that you can find in any Caribbean island. Nothing special or "handmade." The tour was about 5 hours which was much longer than we expected. I think they may have gone even longer, but some folks wanted to get back to the ship because they had an evening excursion to Tropicana. I would definitely recommend this tour for a good overview of Havana. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Very well organized with a very knowledgeable guide.
Sail Date: January 2019
Very well organized with a very knowledgeable guide. Very comfortable bus.
Very well organized with a very knowledgeable guide. Very comfortable bus. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Ride in classic cars.
Sail Date: January 2019
Ride in classic cars. 1949 Mercury convertible. Learned about the revolution
Ride in classic cars. 1949 Mercury convertible. Learned about the revolution Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
First part was a walking tour in the Old Havana.
Sail Date: January 2019
First part was a walking tour in the Old Havana. Very interesting and educational. Saw alot of old buildings and historical buildings, including the hotel where Hemingway used to hang out. Lots of old cars everywhere. People were ... Read More
First part was a walking tour in the Old Havana. Very interesting and educational. Saw alot of old buildings and historical buildings, including the hotel where Hemingway used to hang out. Lots of old cars everywhere. People were friendly. We felt safe. Next part was a bus tour of other parts of Havana. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
The tour was called, "Walking Hemingway's Havana" but it did not contain a lot of subject matter on ...
Sail Date: January 2019
The tour was called, "Walking Hemingway's Havana" but it did not contain a lot of subject matter on Hemingway. We were to stop at his favorite bars all along the way, but we did not stop in a bar till the end of the tour. ... Read More
The tour was called, "Walking Hemingway's Havana" but it did not contain a lot of subject matter on Hemingway. We were to stop at his favorite bars all along the way, but we did not stop in a bar till the end of the tour. The size of the tour was too large, and many guests didn't abide by the meeting time at each point of free time, which put everyone else behind schedule, so that aspect could be improved. The sights and colors during the tour were amazing. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Old Havana Heritage Walking Tour.
Sail Date: January 2019
Old Havana Heritage Walking Tour. The title is a little of a misnomer since there is a bus ride for part of it. The part before and after the bus tour is a walking tour of some of the old squares in old Havana. Very interesting. The ... Read More
Old Havana Heritage Walking Tour. The title is a little of a misnomer since there is a bus ride for part of it. The part before and after the bus tour is a walking tour of some of the old squares in old Havana. Very interesting. The tour itself does not go into any of the museums that you see. The driving part of the tour takes you past some interesting spots. There are two stops along the route. One was at what was perhaps the old Legendario Rum factory (now closed). We went to the cigar store/liquor store on the upper level which also had a small cafe. To me the cigar/liquor store wasn't exciting (there are better places to buy cigars) however the small cafe was interesting. The man behind the counter made flaming chocolate liquor cappucinos. The show he put on while making them was interesting and I thought they were worth the 3 CUC. The other stop was for cigar lighting and rum and coffee tasting. Everyone was given a Romeo y Julieta cigar a small glass of rum and a small cup of coffee. They then had somone go through and show how one lights up a cigar. Overall, I thought the tour was interesting and worthwhile. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Havanna we booked with Blexie and Jorge We had a driver and guide who spoke perfect English for ...
Sail Date: December 2018
Havanna we booked with Blexie and Jorge We had a driver and guide who spoke perfect English for six hours. we arranged to meet him at 3 but it was around 3.30 before we got off the ship and through customs. They called the TUI trips ... Read More
Havanna we booked with Blexie and Jorge We had a driver and guide who spoke perfect English for six hours. we arranged to meet him at 3 but it was around 3.30 before we got off the ship and through customs. They called the TUI trips first but we joined the queue on deck two before they even called independent tours so quickly through. He took us all around Havanna to see all the sites, a few stops for photos, art alley,Fusterlandia, floradita, then to a very nice restaurant, sat and waited for us then a walking tour through havanna. took us back to the square to get our bearings then back to the old town for some bars. We had a great time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises)
Getting to Cuba is more involved that getting to the other countries.
Sail Date: December 2018
Getting to Cuba is more involved that getting to the other countries. There's a $75/person visa to enter the country. The visa forms were delivered to the cabins, and the fee was charged automatically. If we hadn't wanted to use ... Read More
Getting to Cuba is more involved that getting to the other countries. There's a $75/person visa to enter the country. The visa forms were delivered to the cabins, and the fee was charged automatically. If we hadn't wanted to use it, we could have turned the forms in for a refund, but only if the forms were not altered in any way - an accidental pen mark would be a $75 pen mark. And if you messed up the forms at all (by using a date format like 12 25 2000 instead of the Cuban format of 25 12 2000), you've have to pay for a brand new form. When we actually disembarked the first time, it was with the mad rush of hundreds of people, and we had to wait in line for about an hour, get our passports stamped, and then we were able to enter Cuba. Every time after that, we would just say "we've been off the ship before," and they would wave us through without looking at our passport. I'm not saying that you wouldn't necessarily need the visa if you just waited until the initial crush was complete, but it's possible. That was the Cuban side - there was also additional bureaucracy on the American side. Before we arrived, the Cruise Director had a meeting in which he said that he knew we might have heard online (like on these boards) that cruise excursions weren't necessary, but the only way he knew for sure that we wouldn't have problems re-entering the US would be if we bought an excursion from them and showed our ticket stub to US Customs and immigration. Well, we didn't do that. Instead, we bought a 3-hour walking tour of the Old City and a 4-hour driving tour of the rest of the city from havanacar.net (the guide was better with the car than with the walk), and we didn't have that ticket stub. Havanacar recommended that we enter "Support for the Cuban People" on our form at embarkation, so that's what we entered as we boarded, and we never saw the form again. And when we left the ship in Miami, the Customs agent just waved us through when we said we had nothing to declare, and the immigration agent looked at our passport and welcomed us back. So, in practice, there were no US restrictions on us at all. I'm not saying that everyone would have the same experience (we're a white family - maybe that helped; this happened during the partial government shutdown - maybe that had an effect), but we had nothing to worry about. For the visit to Havana itself, we had a great time. Unlike many Caribbean stops, Havana is a real city. It has 2 million people and 500 years of history. There's a lot of real local culture there. We were lucky that our overnight coincided with a free performance by the National Symphonic Orchestra of Cuba in San Francisco Plaza, and we loved watching the Cuban audience sway and dance with the music, even though we didn't know the music ourselves. Havana could easily be a place to visit for a week-long trip later on. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable as she showed us the Cristo de la Habana statue, La Cabaña ...
Sail Date: December 2018
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable as she showed us the Cristo de la Habana statue, La Cabaña fortress, Colon Cemetery, San Jose market (where the vendors can haggle like born capitalists), and the Plaza de la Revolución. Although by ... Read More
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable as she showed us the Cristo de la Habana statue, La Cabaña fortress, Colon Cemetery, San Jose market (where the vendors can haggle like born capitalists), and the Plaza de la Revolución. Although by now the official tour was complete, Daily offered to extend it, and those of us who opted to stay on were driven to La Moneda Cubana – one of the private restaurants that have sprung up in Cuba in recent years. Meals there run about $20 per person, and we enjoyed about the best meal we’ve ever had at that price point. To top things off, we were even treated to live music. Truly an experience! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We were taken to a downtown hotel.
Sail Date: December 2018
We were taken to a downtown hotel. Sat in a large room that had a good view of the city. Given a terrible meal and given huge amounts of booze. Good local musicians played while we were there. Mostly it was about booze.
We were taken to a downtown hotel. Sat in a large room that had a good view of the city. Given a terrible meal and given huge amounts of booze. Good local musicians played while we were there. Mostly it was about booze. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We bailed on this (and our other Havana Tour) because it was raining and did our own touring of the ...
Sail Date: December 2018
We bailed on this (and our other Havana Tour) because it was raining and did our own touring of the city. If you've done your research and know what you want to see, you can grab a cab (many of them are 50's era American cars) ... Read More
We bailed on this (and our other Havana Tour) because it was raining and did our own touring of the city. If you've done your research and know what you want to see, you can grab a cab (many of them are 50's era American cars) and see the city on your own. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Excellent tour.
Sail Date: December 2018
Excellent tour. First part was a walking tour, then lunch, followed by a classic car tour. Ida was our tour guide. Highly recommended.
Excellent tour. First part was a walking tour, then lunch, followed by a classic car tour. Ida was our tour guide. Highly recommended. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International