7 Things You Should Know About Cruising to Cuba

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Cuba is full of must-see places. From the plantations of Cuba’s Pinar del Río Province to Varadero Beach, from the Great Natural Park of Montemar to Cienfuegos-The Pearl of the South, Cuba is brimming in tourist attractions. One of the easiest ways to visit is to cruise from the United States.

  1. Can Americans cruise to Cuba?

Yes! Seven cruise lines have added Cuba as a destination port to 35 itineraries. You can sail to Cuba on a brand you can trust such as Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian, Fathom, Oceania, Azamara, and Regent.

The longstanding economic embargo is still in place where Americans can only travel to Cuba if their trip falls into one of 13 categories. Most Americans visiting Cuba on a cruise are able to do so under the “people-to-people” category of travel.

  1. What does “people-to-people” travel mean?

People-to-people travel means that your time ashore must focus on educational and cultural exchange activities rather than tourist-oriented activities. The cruise lines are expected to offer shore excursions that follow this requirement. Exploring on your own is allowed if you “self-certify” that your time ashore qualified as “people-to-people” travel.

  1. How much does it cost to cruise to Cuba?

Prices currently start at $428 per person plus port fees and taxes for a 4 Night Key West & Havana cruise on Royal Caribbean. More itineraries and prices can be found here.

  1. What ports will I see?

Havana is the most popular stop, but Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba are also offered on some itineraries.

  1. Do I need a Visa to cruise to Cuba?

Yes, an individual visa is necessary for US citizens. This information is provided by the cruise line when you book.

  1. Can I use my credit card in Cuba?

US credit and debit cards are not yet widely accepted in Cuba, so you’ll want to have plenty of cash on hand.

  1. Can I bring back cigars?

Yes! You can bring back up to $100 per person in Cuban cigars or alcohol when travelling on approved trip to Cuba.

Be some of the first to cruise to Cuba! Contact me today me at 757-541-2828 or gina@travelnorfolk.com. Browse my Cuban cruise itineraries.


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