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Amazing All-Inclusive 8 Day Tour of Cuba to 4 unique Regions with Air $2790!

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  • The Exotic Island of Cuba- As we Explore Santiago, Havana, Maria la Gorda and Cienfuegos

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  • Price: $2,790.00 /per person

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  • JOIN FUN HAPPENINGS TRAVEL & ADVENTURE AND EXPLORE THE "REAL CUBA", that few people have a chance to see, as we tour 4 Extraordinary Regions of Cuba;  HAVANA, SANTIAGO DE CUBA, CIENFUEGOS / TRINIDAD & the pristine, unspoiled beaches of PUNTA FRANCES!  


    FYI:  This Cuba Tour is a 100% legal, OFAC (US Office of Foreign Assets Control) Approved People to People Trip for US Citizens, as it meets the legal requirements for a fulltime program of educational and cultural exchange activities. 


    DUE TO THE FACT THAT OUR LAST TWO CUBA TOURS IN 2016 WERE SO POPULAR- WE'RE BRINGING BACK THIS AMAZING CUBA TOUR IN MARCH 2017! 

    • CUBA 2017:  DEPARTS FRIDAY, MARCH 3RD - RETURNS FRIDAY, MARCH 10TH 2017. (Limited to only 36 persons)   

    <Havana Harbor at Sunset>

    OUR FIRST-CLASS, ALL INCLUSIVE 8-DAY TOUR OF CUBA BY SMALL SHIP, HAS EVERYTHING INCLUDED... 

    - ROUND TRIP AIR FROM NASHVILLE

    - 7 NIGHTS OF ACCOMMODATIONS (aboard the Celeystal Crystal - includes IC Inside Cabin - outside cabins available for an upgrade)

    - ALL MEALS & ADULT BEVERAGES

    - 6 UNIQUE EXCURSIONS (Includes a fun night on the town in Havana for an authentic  Cuban dinner and live music / dancing at Buena Vista Social Club)

    - ALL TAXES & GRATUITIES

    FOR AN UNBELIEVABLE PRICE OF $[masked] PER PERSON.... <Yes, Most 7-night Cuba packages start at over $4,000 per person and don't include Round Trip Air.. This Trip includes Round Trip Air, All meals, Unlimited adult beverages and even 6 excursions!> 

    <The unspoiled pristine beaches of Maria de la Gorda- also this area offers some of the best scuba diving in the world> 

    This is an AMAZING OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME to CRUISE AROUND THE ISLAND OF CUBA this Spring BEFORE CUBA OPENS TO THE ALL OF AMERICAN TOURISTS, aboard a first class All-Inclusive cruise ship, with all the amenities, we are used to as Americans!  

    One of the great benefits of traveling around Cuba by small ship- is we only "Pack & Unpack Once for the entire week".... There's no long bus rides each day (like you will find on all other Cuban land tours) to reach your destinations- as we travel at night, while we enjoy the amenities and facilities of our 1st class ship and sleep comfortably!  THIS IS AN AMAZING TRIP OF A LIFETIME- JUST ASK ANYONE THAT WENT ON OUR PREVIOUS CUBA TOURS IN 2016!      

    <Explore Havana on your own and see all of the 1950's Classic cars or ride in one, as most are Taxi's> 

    FUN HAPPENINGS' ALL-INCLUSIVE 8-DAY TOUR OF CUBA... INCLUDES EVERYTHING ON THIS AMAZING TRIP OF A LIFETIME!    

    • ROUND TRIP AIR FROM NASHVILLE (over $700 value included in package)

    • 7 Nights in First-class Accommodations (upgraded rooms are available) 

    • All Meals aboard a First class cruise ship with authentic Cuban / Mediterranean chefs

    • Unlimited Adult Beverage Package on board (open bars throughout ship)

    • Educational On-board and Shore Excursions in every port we visit (Total 5 on-shore excursions included, 20+ on-board educational programs and plenty of Free time to explore Cuba on your own).

    •  An Amazing Night of Cuban food, Salsa dancing & Live Music at the "Famous Buena Vista Social Club in "Old Havana".

    •  LIVE MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT & BROADWAY-STYLE SHOWS NIGHTLY, SALSA DANCING AND LATIN DANCE LESSONS IN DISCO EVERY NIGHT!  

    •  ALL HOTEL/FLIGHT TAXES, PORT CHARGES, GRATUITIES ON BOARD (only gratuities to Cuba tour guides is not included, but optional) 

    • The only expenses you will have are souvenirs, purchases in Cuba, medical expenses, internet service on ship and spa treatments. 

    ** THIS IS A US STATE DEPT. (OFAC Approved) "PEOPLE TO PEOPLE" TOUR OF CUBA, which allows US Citizens to travel to Cuba legally and allows for the purchase of $400 of Cuban-made goods (with a $100 limit on cigars, liquor).  Our Tour includes Education experiences both on board and on shore.  

    <Our Home Away from Home for 8 days- The CELESTYAL CRYSTAL, while we explore 4 unique regions in Cuba and 2 Full Days in Havana... the only logical way to see the entire island of Cuba in 7 Days.> 

    This special PEOPLE TO PEOPLE program includes on-board educational programs and On-shore Excursions with Cubans, and special humanitarian and educational programs ashore.  Other Cuba 7-Night Travel packages, you will Pay over $4,000 per person + R/T Air for a similar itinerary and see less of Cuba!   Our Cuba Itinerary visits 4 unique regions over 8 days, two areas of which, tourists rarely visit... Santiago de Cuba (far eastern tip of Cuba) and the unspoiled beaches and black coral reefs of Maria la Gorda (far western peninsula of Cuba).    

    <Downtown Havana by Cuba's Capitol is located in Old Havana, just a 5-minute walk from our ship, while we stay in Havana for 2 Days> 

    Our First Class Ship travels at night- while we enjoy the amenities and facilities of our first class ship- so we can visit new and exciting areas of Cuba each day and spend 2 Full Days in Havana!  Our ship offers many activities each day, several bars, a casino, a disco and nightly Broadway-style shows and entertainment.  And, our ala carte restaurants offer a great selection of authentic Cuban, Mediterranean and American cuisine each night.       

    <The Vinales region west of Havana, is where most of Cuba's cigars are manufactured and tobacco is grown>

    Our 8-day Tour of Cuba is Priced at $2,790.00 per person (based on double occupancy) and includes EVERYTHING (Yes, even Round Trip Air), which means the Fun Happenings Cuba Tour is $1700 - $2,500 lower per person than any comparable 7-night trip package to Cuba!    

    <An Amazing itinerary where our group visits 4 unique and different regions of Cuba with 2 Full days in Havana.> 

    <Our group will experience a fun night in Havana with great Cuban food, drinks and Live Music and Salsa Dancing at the "Famous Buena Vista Social Club.>

    Our group will visit historic sites as we stroll the cobblestone streets of Old Havana and spend 2 Amazing Days in Havana.  We will experience the "Famous Nightlife in Havana", dance Salsa with the Locals and see an amazing "Cuban Cabaret Show at the Famous "Buena Vista Social Club" in Old Havana!    

    We will see colorful native birds in lush rain forests.  Enjoy breathtaking mountain vistas.  Sample real Cuban cigars, tour the Havana Club Museum and taste Cuban Rums and relax on shimmering stretches of pristine beaches in Maria la Gorda Cuba!   Our itinerary is perfect, as we are able to explore "The entire island of Cuba" and experience the "Real Cuba" and see places where tourists rarely see.   The Fun Happenings Tour of Cuba offers so much for a price below the average cost of a 7-night package to Cuba. 

    Our Cruise is a 4-star ALL-INCLUSIVE Ship that INCLUDES EVERYTHING IN OUR TRIP- ALL TAXES, GRATUITIES, MEALS, WINE, ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES (unlimited adult beverages on board) AND EVEN SIX EXCURSIONS IN CUBA FOR UNDER $3,000 PER PERSON!   Our Ship offers all the modern conveniences of the US, but allows us to see more of Cuba, as we travel to 4 unique regions of Cuba, along with spend 2 full days in Havana!  

    All you need to bring is cash for souvenirs, personal expenses or spa treatments on board our ship!   EVERYTHING ELSE IS INCLUDED!               


    PAYMENT TERMS FOR CUBA TOUR:

    DOUBLE OCCUPANCY (2 PER CABIN):  $[masked] PER PERSON

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY (1 PER CABIN):  $850 ADDITIONAL SUPPLEMENT

    OUTSIDE CABIN SUPPLEMENT:  $375.00 per person (double occupancy) or $750.00 (single occupancy)

    EMAIL ME IF YOU WANT TO PAY WITH A CREDIT CARD AND I CAN SEND YOU AN ELECTRONIC INVOICE... OTHERWISE PAY WITH CHECK.  


    LAND/CRUISE PACKAGE (You provide own air):

    $2250 (Save $540.00) with check payment

    (*** Make sure to arrive in montego bay, Jamaica by 2:00pm on March 3rd and depart after 1:30pm on March 10th) 


    *** PAYMENT BY CHECK

    - To secure your space for the MARCH 3, 2017 CUBA TOUR:  Either, a deposit of $790 or Full Payment of $[masked] by check is due by August 15, 2016 (or until trip sells out) to hold your space.  Final $[masked] check payment is due by November 15, 2016. 

    -  MAKE ALL CHECKS PAYABLE TO FUN HAPPENINGS AND MAIL TO:

    FUN HAPPENINGS

    PO BOX 322

    BRENTWOOD TN 37024


    *** PAYING BY CREDIT CARD

    Total Cost of Cuba Tour is $2890 

    - REQUEST TO PAY WITH CREDIT CARD AND I WILL SEND YOU AN "ELECTRONIC INVOICE" BY EMAIL THROUGH SQUARE.


    Please feel free to email me at [masked], if you have any questions on Cuba.... Space is very limited (24 for December / 35 for April 2016), so if you want to go, you may want to grab a friend and reserve your space with a payment, before they're gone!  

    Hope to see you in Cuba this December or April!

    Your Travel Planner, 

    Michael 

    Fun Happenings Travel & Adventure

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    UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT ITINERARY FROM NASHVILLE TN TO MONTEGO BAY JAMAICA (Where we meet our cruise ship tour of Cuba):

    DATE              FLIGHT    DEPART       TIME             ARRIVE                   TIME                     03MAR17     UA1126     BNA            6:00AM        HOUSTON           8:06AM
    03MAR20     UA1400   HOU           10:15AM        MBJ                        2:35PM
    10MAR20      UA1628    MBJ              2:15PM         NEWARK               6:15PM
    10MAR20      UA1123     NEWARK     7:45PM        BNA                        9:12PM 


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    FUN HAPPENINGS’ AMAZING TOUR OF CUBA TO 4 UNIQUE REGIONS OF CUBA! 

    - 8-Day Journey visiting Santiago, Havana, Maria la Gorda & Ciefuegos

    ABOUT OUR FUN HAPPENING’ CUBA EXPERIENCE 
    Our Fun Happenings’ Amazing Tour of Cuba is an “All In” People To People experience that includes Education experiences both on board our ship and on shore.  Enjoy education and humanitarian sights in every port of call.  Here is some of the highlights of your visit to Cuba.

    Our Cruise will can include visits to a total of six UNESCO world heritage sites and four National Parks & Preserves. You will walk down cobblestone streets, up mountain paths, through rain forests and, of course, on fabulous world-famous beaches. And, each night you'll enjoy the incredible food, entertainment and comfort of your world-class ship. Experience the best of an all-inclusive resort and a cruise vacation, combined with visiting 4 unique regions of Cuba that few people ever get the chance to see.

    Our Cruise ship travels counter clockwise around the island, starting in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Along the way, we stop to explore, enrich, relax and enjoy and spend 2 glorious days in the bustling capital city of Havana! 

    · *** Please Note, the below On-board educational programs ARE ALL INCLUDED with our Tour of Cuba- but Not Required for you to attend all… Please feel free to participate in as many on-board programs as you want or simply attend the ones that interest you the most.*** Our Cruise Includes 5 Excursions in Cuba (3 in Havana, 1 in Santiago and 1 in Cienfuegos.  Our Tour of Cuba allows for free time to explore each city, along with a 2 Days in Havana. 


    DAY BY DAY ITINERARY 

    FRIDAY, MARCH 3RD / DAY 1: MONTEGO BAY (8:00pm sailing time) 

    Late Afternoon:  Fun Happenings Group Embarkation Briefing (Orientation)

    Jorge G. Arocha is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Havana, the oldest university in Cuba and one of the first in the Americas. The University of Havana was founded in 1728 and counts past and present national leaders among its illustrious Cuban alumni. Professor Arocha will sail with us for the entire cruise and will be available to answer any questions you may have about Cuban culture and history, both fascinating and incredibly rich. During this briefing, professor Arocha will welcome all Fun Happenings’ people-to-people program participants on board. He will then take you through the week’s culturally enriching program.

    Late Afternoon:  “Cuban History: Visual Arts in Cuba” Talk (Included and optional to join)

    Cuba is a country with a very diverse culture and the visual arts are no exception. In recent years, a number of distinctive trends have emerged in Cuban visual arts with references to themes and characters based on the Afro-Cuban culture. Professor Jorge G. Arocha invites you to an insightful presentation on board, during which you will have the opportunity to participate in discussions on manifestations of the rich cultural heritage of the country. 

    Sunset Bon Voyage Party!  – Dance like a Cuban: It’s Salsa Time!

    Our Fun Happenings Group will have a meeting spot on the main pool deck, where our ship is throwing a Bon Voyage Party like never before!  Our Cuban Salsa Band will help get the party started as we depart for Cuba on our 8-day journey of Cuba!  

    And, remember this is an ALL INCLUSIVE CRUISE…   All your adult beverages are included with our 8-day cruise around Cuba!  Try a mojito, maybe a Cuba Libre!  And, don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes!   Check out the many bars on the ship- the Casino, Disco and main theatre for nightly shows…. The nightly entertainment on board is awesome! 

    DINNER RESERVATIONS 6:30PM – RESERVED FOR FUN HAPPENINGS’ GROUP 

    Our 2 large tables of 12-18 persons are reserved for our group in the main dining room- where each night you will have several choices of Cuban and Mediterranean dishes to choose from a 3-course menu.  

    SATURDAY, MARCH 4TH  / DAY 2: SANTIAGO DE CUBA (8 am to 4 pm) 

    Beautiful Santiago de Cuba is the second-largest city in Cuba and the capital of the province of Santiago de Cuba.  Santiago is actually closer to the island of Hispaniola (home to the Dominican Republic and Haiti) than it is to Havana, thus a strong current of Afro-Caribbean culture sizzles through its “avenidas” and alleyways. The Revolution started here, as did Bacardi rum, salsa and son. Santiago’s rhythm is uniquely its own. 

    Tour Included: “Morning Panoramic Santiago Tour” / Afternoon on own to Explore Santiago 

    We will meet with Dr. Martha Cordié Jackson, a historian and the director of the African Cultural Center “Fernando Ortiz.” Following Dr. Jackson’s presentation we will enjoy a dance performance, and have a chance to speak with the performers afterwards. 

    Next, we will visit three iconic locations. One is a memorial to Antonio Maceo, the "Bronze Titan,” who led two wars for independence before he was slain by Spanish bullets in 1896.  The second is San Juan Hill, where Teddy Roosevelt and his rough riders defeated the Spanish in 1898 after the USA entered the Cuban-Spanish-American War.  Our third visit will be the Moncada Barracks, where Fidel and Raul Castro commenced their 1953 assault on the Batista regime. 

    After our tour, you may return to the ship for lunch and relaxation, or you can opt to be dropped-off in the colonial central square of Santiago, home to the city’s cathedral, shops and privately-owned restaurants (called “paladar's”). After walking along the streets of this colonial gem, you can easily return to the ship on foot or by taxi. 

    Afternoon: Cuban History “The Birth of the Nation [masked])” Discussion (Included and optional to join) 

    Professor Jorge G. Arocha takes you from the discovery of the Caribbean by Christopher Columbus through the Cuban-Spanish-American War in a fascinating presentation about the birth of the Cuban nation. 

    WHILE ON BOARD:  Cuban Staff Want to Meet and Greet You 
    Share time with our Cuban staff during your week together.  Learn about what it’s like to grow up in Cuba, get firsthand insight into their daily lives and develop a real understanding of their culture, their history and their customs. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get to know the people of Cuba and hear their stories.  Most are comfortable speaking in English but are happy to help you practice your Spanish.

    DINNER RESERVATIONS 6:30PM – RESERVED FOR FUN HAPPENINGS’ GROUP

    Our 2 large tables of 12-18 persons are reserved for our group in the main dining room- where each night you will have several choices of Cuban and Mediterranean dishes to choose from a 3-course menu.  


    EVENING: It’s Party Time Again!  Rumba Dance Lessons on board our ship! 

    Rumba is a group of rhythms, music and ballroom dance that originated in Cuba. The name “rumba” is derived from the Cuban-Spanish word “rumbo,” which means "party" or "spree" – Habaneros of African descent used the word as a synonym for party. Rumba is based on African music and dance traditions, namely Abakuá and yuka, and is also derived from the coros de clave, which originated in Spain. Cuban rumba comprises the three traditional forms of rumba: yambú, guaguancó and columbia. Our Cuban dance instructors will take you through the steps during the first 15 minutes of class, and then they’ll turn you loose on the dance floor.  Get ready to rumba!

    <Cuban rumba dancing.... it's a lot of fun!  

    SUNDAY, MARCH 5TH / DAY 3: ENJOY THE AMENITIES OF OUR SHIP- FUN DAY AT SEA! 

    Morning Program:  A Taste of Cuba:  A Cuban Cooking Class! (Included and optional to join) 

    Join us for a Cuban cooking lesson, one that gives you a chance to discover some of the many “gems” of Cuban Cuisine.  You will learn how to take fresh ingredients and create unique tastes that burst with the flavors of Cuba. Our chef will show how Creole and Spanish cuisine blend to create the authentic, singular Cuban gastronomic experience. Simple, hearty and incredibly flavorful, you’ll learn what you need to try your hand at cooking these dishes at home. 

    Morning: “Cuban Cigars– The Story Behind the Smoke” presentation (Included and optional to join)

    Cuba is known worldwide for its hand-rolled cigars. If you love cigars, this presentation gives you the opportunity to learn how the country’s beloved “Habanos” are produced! Christopher Columbus is generally credited with the introduction of tobacco to Europe. Three of Columbus's crewmen on his 1492 journey to the New World are said to have encountered tobacco for the first time on the island of Hispaniola, then again on Cuba. This presentation will give you a comprehensive understanding of the origins of tobacco and how the Cuban cigar industry was born and developed. 

    Afternoon: Documentary Film about Cuba (Included and optional to join) 

    Please join us for a full-length, informative documentary about Cuba.

     
    Afternoon: Popular Cuban Culture Lecture: “El Ajiaco” Talk (Included and optional to join) 

    This presentation is a general characterization of the Cuban culture, taking the ajiaco as the main response to the question: What is the Cuban people? “Ajiaco” is the name of an Indian soup of the Taíno population. It’s made with sweet potato, yucca root, plantains, corn and meat (beef and/or pork), and several other ingredients. It requires a lot of stock, as well as lemon juice and aji (like the chili, but softer). This is one of the staples of Cuban cuisine.  As well, the dish is symbolic of Cuban culture – a diverse mix of different races, accents, religions, and myths of Cuba, all stewed together like the ingredients in the ajiaco. Professor Arocha will also discuss the geography of Cuba, its national symbols (including the national bird of Cuba, the tocororo), historical places in Havana and the Spanish spoken in Cuba. 

    Afternoon: “Rum Diary – The History of Rum and a Taste of the Magic” Talk (Included and optional to join) 

    Cuba is known as the Isle of Rum, thanks to her world-famous sugar cane, her delightful Caribbean climate, her fertile soil, and the unique knowledge of Cuban "Maestro Roneros" (master rum-makers). Cuban rum began as “tafia,” fermented nectar made with the island’s sugar cane and enjoyed by sailors and swashbucklers alike. With the introduction of copper stills in the 19th century, Maestro Roneros took their first shot at aging Cuban rum, and its quality improved immensely. Pedro Diago, the father of Cuban rum, had the idea of storing the "aguardientes", or eaux-de-vie, in pots and burying them to age. 
    In the second half of the 19th century, the result of these developments was the introduction of lighter, more refined rum, "Ron Superior," which was requested by the Spanish crown to serve to the Spanish court and to the “elite of the Empire.” It was so popular that by 1860 Cuba was home to more than 1000 distilleries. Join us for a deeper look into the fascinating history of Cuba’s national drink, and for a taste of some of her finest rums. 

    Afternoon: More of our Cuban Staff Want to Meet and Greet You 

    Get together again with different members of our Cuban staff.  Ask them about their experiences growing up and living in Cuba, and answer questions they might have about life in the USA. You should also feel free to ask them whatever questions you have after experiencing the real Cuba in vibrant Santiago de Cuba. Expect to make new friends and hear how they live, play, and work in Cuba.  

    Evening: Let’s Learn “Cuban” (Included and optional to join)


    Join Professor Arocha for an in-depth discussion on what makes Cuba different from her Latin American neighbors. Whether it’s the Spanish spoken in Cuba, her literature, her music, her cuisine…Cuba is a singular place, and Professor Arocha will take you on a brief tour of what makes her unique, followed by a question and answer session. 

    DINNER RESERVATIONS 6:30PM – RESERVED FOR FUN HAPPENINGS’ GROUP

    Our 2 large tables of 12-18 persons are reserved for our group in the main dining room- where each night you will have several choices of Cuban and Mediterranean dishes to choose from a 3-course menu.  

    EVENING:  Dance Like a Real Cuban:  It’s Cha Cha time!Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha! The cha-cha-cha is a Cuban dance created in 1953 by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrin. The cha-cha-cha is a fast ballroom dance similar to the mambo – it follows a rhythmic pattern based upon a quick three-step movement, cha-cha-cha. Let us give a bit of the history of Cuban Terpsichore and teach you how to dance an authentic cha-cha-cha! 

    MONDAY, MARCH 6TH / DAY 4: HAVANA (2 DAY STOP - 9:30 am arrival) 

    As the Caribbean’s largest and most vivacious city, Havana’s romantic atmosphere and boundless energy are legendary. “Anything is possible in Havana,” wrote British novelist Graham Greene of Cuba's magical capital. One of the world's great urban centers, this tough but elegant tropical metropolis is a cosmopolitan cocktail of stirring monuments and festive music. It has few cultural equals. 

    Habaneros love their city, and it’s easy to see why. Amid the sweet blue waters of the sparkling Caribbean, over five centuries of history have helped shape one of the Hispanic world’s most electric and culturally unique societies. A stomping ground for pirates, a fortified slave port for the Spanish and a gambling capital for the American Mafia, Havana has survived it all. The city has given the world mambo and salsa, mural paintings, Cohiba cigars, Havana Club rum…Havana is the heart of Cuba, and it beats with unstoppable, celebratory passion. 

    Morning: The History of Havana (Included and optional to join)


    We begin our immersion in miraculous Havana with a presentation on board the ship by a historian or architect from the city. There will be time for questions and discussion with our speaker. 

    Morning Havana Included Tour: 

    “The Real Taste of Havana”Old Havana and its fortifications are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Join us on this tour to experience the majesty of colonial Havana. The city was founded in 1519 by the Spanish, and by the 17th century it had become one of the Caribbean's main centers for ship-building and provisioning. The old city center comprises a breathtaking mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments and a homogeneous ensemble of private houses with arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates and internal courtyards. Come meander along the narrow streets of this fascinating city with our expert guide, who will regale you with tales of this magical city’s storied history. 

    We begin with a walking tour of the historical center of Habana Vieja, where we’ll see the Arms Square, the Royal Forces Castle, Saint Fransis of Assisi Square, the Cathedral Square and the Old Square. We’ll visit a graphics workshop, and see local artists at work – you’ll also have a chance to interact with them. Afterwards you can either return to the ship for lunch or discover one of the many private restaurants (“paladar”) in Old Havana. 

    Included Havana Afternoon Tour: More of Authentic Havana/Or Afternoon to Explore Havana on your own 

    We begin our afternoon with a guided bus tour through the 19th and 20th century transformation of Havana into its modern iteration. We will pass by “Paseo del Prado” (the Promenade), the Grande Teatro de Havana and the Capital Building. We will visit the Plaza de la Revolución, where May Day marches political speeches, and Papal masses have taken place. There’ll be time to take photos at the Jose Martí Memorial and at the National Library. 

    This segment of the excursion traces how Havana grew from the underprivileged sections within its walls, such as Centro Habana and Chinatown, to include the middle class and wealthy neighborhoods, such as Vedado, Nuevo Vedado, Miramar and the International Business Centre, beyond its walls. We’ll see the famed escalinata (stairway) and the Alma Mater statue at the University of Havana, La Rampa entertainment zone, the Coppelia ice cream parlor and the Habana Libre Hotel (formerly Havana Hilton) and the famed Nacional Hotel. You’ll also have a chance to purchase authentic Cuban souvenirs and gifts from self-employed artists, craftsmen and vendors at San José Market.

    AUTHENTIC CUBAN DINNER AT ONE OF HAVANA'S TOP PALADAR'S AND A SPECIAL NIGHT AT THE FAMOUS "BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB" 

    Join Fun Happenings Group for a special night as we are booked at the electrifying performance of a nostalgic 50s Latin-style Buena Vista Social Club show with live music, dancing and amazing Cuban cuisine.  This special night is included with our Tour of Cuba!   Before the 9:15pm Show, we will have dinner at one of Havana's Top Paladar's (privately owned restaurants)- Dona Eutimia restaurant in Historic Old Havana.  Tonight, we will taste some of the most delicious "Cuban Cuisine" in the world with family recipes dating back 3 generations from Mama Leticia, the owner of Dona Eutimia.  Also, we will have a fun local Latin Band perform for us, while we dine and dance... It's going to be a night you will remember for the rest of your life!  <See Video Below>

    https://youtu.be/oKjcXPiR_84

    After our dinner and Show at Buena Vista Social Club... Feel free to explore Havana’s Famous Night Clubs featuring jazz, salsa, rumba and trovador music! 


    TUESDAY, MARCH 7TH / DAY 5: HAVANA (5:00pm departure) 

    Morning: “Cuba’s Unconventional Musical Instruments” Talk (Included and optional to join) 


    Start Day 5 with an introduction to the unique instruments that make Cuban music so distinctive and infectious. Professor Arocha and one of our Cuban musicians will demonstrate a number of traditional Cuban instruments, including bongos, the claves and the tres, Cuba’s famed three-string guitar. 

    Morning: Performance – Afro-Cuban Music and Dance (Included and optional to join) 


    It’s morning in Havana. N'Sila Che Che is a performance of Afro-Cuban music and dance on board the Celestyal Crystal by a group of local artists from the Municipal Museum of Regla who are believers in the three dominant strains of Afro-Cuban religion in Havana: Santeria, Palo Monte and Abakuá. The performance will be introduced by Dr. Raisa Fornaguera de la Pena, director of the Municipal museum.  After the performance, feel free to disembark and continue exploring Havana enjoying its cuisine and people and meeting the Habaneras and Habaneros on your own and return to the ship for lunch. 

    9:00am - 12:00PM: FUN HAPPENINGS TOUR OF HAVANA BY CLASSIC CONVERTIBLE 

    https://youtu.be/ZsIQ3d0e9xw


    Late Morning / Early Afternoon: EXPLORE HAVANA ON YOUR OWN!


    3:00pm Afternoon:  All Aboard! 

    Our Ship departs exactly at 4:00pm… so make sure to get on board our ship by 3:00pm.

    DINNER RESERVATIONS 6:30PM – RESERVED FOR FUN HAPPENINGS’ GROUP 

    Our 2 large tables of 12-18 persons are reserved for our group in the main dining room- where each night you will have several choices of Cuban and Mediterranean dishes to choose from a 3-course menu.  

    EVENING:  Dance like a Cuban: Now You Can! 
    Come join us for a potpourri of Cuban dances and live Cuban music! Are you ready to cha-cha-cha, mambo and salsa? Give it a whirl under the guidance of our expert Cuban dance instructors. Our authentic Cuban band will make it impossible for you to stay away from the dance floor. 

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8TH / DAY 6: PUNTA LA FRANCES (8 am to 3 pm) 

    Pine forests scent the "Isle of Youth" and mingle with orange blossoms and warm ocean breezes. We transfer you to the beach at Port Frances. This is a glorious beach of pure white sand surrounded by crystal clear warm waters - perfect for snorkeling.  Enjoy your afternoon on the beach in the sunshine! 

    Get ready for a more relaxing Day on the Beach on the Island of Youth or possibly join an optional excursion to go snorkeling or scuba diving.  Cuba is known for some of the Top Snorkeling and Diving in the World! 


    More about Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth) and Punta Frances: 

    Isla de la Juventud is second-largest Cuban Island and the seventh-largest island in the West Indies.  The island was called the Isle of Pines (Isla de Pinos) until 1978. It has an area of 850 sq miles and is 31 miles south of the island of Cuba, across the Gulf of Batabano.  The island lies almost directly south of Havana and Pinar del Río and is a Special Municipality (2,419 km2 (934 sq mi)), not part of any province and is therefore administered directly by the central government of Cuba. The island has only one municipality, also named Isla de la Juventud.


    Today can be a day to just take it easy and relax on one of the many beaches in the area or Choose from "One of the 3 Optional Tours" in Punta Frances!   These are optional offerings, as most may want a relaxing day on the beach. 



    Afternoon: Cuban History “Republic and Revolution” talk (Included and optional to join)

    Join us for a fascinating lecture by Professor Arocha about the history of modern Cuba. He will take us from the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, the last days of which were immortalized inThe Godfather Part II to Biran, the birthplace of Fidel and Raul Castro and to Santiago de Cuba, specifically the Moncada Garrison where the first shots of the Cuban revolution were fired. 

    Afternoon: Cuban Cooking Lesson – Festive Cuban Dishes (Included and optional to join)

    Hungry for authentic Cuban food? Join Professor Arocha and a team of Cuban chefs for a demonstration on how to prepare festive Cuban dishes, with a focus on fresh ingredients and ease of preparation. Professor Arocha will share the history of these dishes as they are prepared. Come hungry! 

    DINNER RESERVATIONS 6:30PM – RESERVED FOR FUN HAPPENINGS’ GROUP

    Our 2 large tables of 12-18 persons are reserved for our group in the main dining room- where each night you will have several choices of Cuban and Mediterranean dishes to choose from a 3-course menu.


    Evening  – Dance like a Cuban: It’s Mambo time! 
    The mambo is a fast ballroom dance of Cuban origin – it’s rhythmically similar to the rumba and cha-cha-cha, but its pattern of steps is more complex. After its birth in Cuba, both American and Mexican dancers and musicians made significant changes to the mambo, helping it develop into its modern form. The word "mambo" means "conversation with the gods" in Kikongo, the language spoken by Central African slaves who were brought to the Caribbean. Modern mambo began with a song, "Mambo," recorded in 1938 by brothers Orestes and Cachao López, two legends of Cuban music.

    <Part of our group from our April 2016 Cuba Trip>

    THURSDAY, MARCH 9TH / DAY 7: CIENFUEGOS (8:00am – 3:00pm) 

    Cienfuegos, “the Pearl of the South,” was founded in 1819. Situated on the Caribbean coast of southern-central Cuba at the heart of the country’s sugar cane, mango, tobacco and coffee production area, the town first developed in the neoclassical style – it became more eclectic as it grew but still retained a harmonious overall towns-cape. 

    Morning Included Tour: “See the Best of Cienfuegos” / Free time to explore Cienfuegos 

    Our first stop is the University of Cienfuegos, where we’ll have a rare opportunity to interact with the university’s dynamic and engaging professors – they are looking forward to sharing insights about their city with you, both its storied history and its future. We’ll then visit the Plaza de Armas, the traditional central square of Cienfuegos, and the magnificent Teatro Thomas Terry. Built between 1887 and 1889 to honor Venezuelan industrialist Tomás Terry, this 950-seat opera house and theater is decorated with marble and hand-carved Cuban hardwoods. Don’t forget to look up for a view of the theater’s ceiling frescoes. 

    We will also visit the Graphic Society of Cienfuegos, where we’ll view prints and meet with the artists who offer programs for children with special needs., You may either conclude your visit seeing the unique architecture of the Palacio de Valle and return to the ship for lunch or stay in the Plaza de Armas to savor a meal in a local paladar and explore Cienfuegos on your own.  


    Afternoon: “Cuban History- The Music of the Cuban People” (Included and optional to join)

    Professor Arocha will give a presentation about the musicality of the Cuban people. Bolero, cha-cha-cha, guajiras, mambo, rumba, sones, trova…how can one island produce so much music, so much dance, all of it beloved the world over? Professor Arocha will discuss the African and European influences in Cuban music and how this vibrant music has become so central to Cuban life. 

    Afternoon:  After Departure- Open Discussion of Your People-to-People Experience (Included and optional to join) 
    This is an opportunity to ask questions and reflect on your experience in Cuba with Professor Arocha, with our Cuban crew and with any of the American staff accompanying you. 

    Early Evening Before Dinner – Make Your Own Cuban Cocktail (Included and optional to join)

    Try a real mojito, and then learn the history of this fabulous and refreshing cocktail. Some historians believe the African slaves who worked in the Cuban sugar cane fields during the 19th century were instrumental in the cocktail's origin – guarapo, the sugar cane juice often used in mojitos, was a popular drink amongst the slaves, who came up with the name of this sweet nectar. Our Cuban mixologists will teach you how to make the best Cuban cocktails while taking you through the rituals, stories and urban myths behind these drinks.

    DINNER RESERVATIONS 6:30PM – RESERVED FOR FUN HAPPENINGS’ GROUP

    Our 2 large tables of 12-18 persons are reserved for our group in the main dining room- where each night you will have several choices of Cuban and Mediterranean dishes to choose from a 3-course menu.  

    OUR LAST NIGHT ON BOARD, GET READY FOR A FUN LATIN PARTY, LIKE NEVER BEFORE!  CUBAN STYLE! 

    FRIDAY, MARCH 10TH 2016 / DAY 8: MONTEGO BAY (Disembark 9:30 am) 

    It’s a bitter sweet day, as our amazing 8-day journey of Cuba comes to an end.  We reflect all of the fun and memorable experiences of our trip and all the new friends we made…. Until Next time Cuba!  We will be back!   

    Fun Happenings features SPECIAL Group Priority Disembarkation as a group.   Fun Happenings is providing private transfers to Montego Bay (MBJ) International Airport for our afternoon flight to Nashville. 

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    PHOTOS FROM 2 PREVIOUS CUBA TRIPS!


    **** MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR SHIP... THE CELESTYAL CRYSTAL! 

    - There's no traveling in Cuba by bus- our group only has to pack / unpack once for this 8-day journey to 4 extraordinary regions of Cuba!    We travel by night to each of our Cuba destinations, while we enjoy the amenities of our first-class cruise ship and sleep and have the opportunity to experience 4 unique regions of Cuba with 2 days in Havana!    This is going to be a trip of a Lifetime and before Cuba opens up to the rest of the U.S.!    

    THE CELESTYAL CRYSTAL 

    When you step aboard the Celestyal Crystal, you enter a world where modern technology meets the grand era of ocean travel. Her yacht inspired design and classic teak promenade decks evoke an intimate atmosphere, with all the amenities of a modern 5-star hotel.

    Enjoy spacious staterooms and suites, elegant restaurants, bars and lounges, an internet center, spa and fitness rooms, and nine open promenade decks, where you can revel in the splendor of a starlit ocean sky.  On board Celestyal Crystal you will enjoy our delicious variety at Leda Casual Dining or dine more formally in the elegant Amalthia Restaurant.  Experience a taste of Canada at the Alberta Prime Steakhouse Restaurant where you will dine on Canadian Prime Grade A Beef with a selection of Canadian beers to choose from. Enjoy the sun and sea breeze at Helios pool bar, enjoy the excitement at the Muses Lounge and Horizons Bar & Disco, and take in the fantastic views on the top deck. 

    <Remember, all of your Adult Beverages are included on-board, with your Tour of Cuba.... Each Night, while we travel to a new Cuba destination- you will enjoy the first-class amenities of our ship>  

    Other areas on board, feature the Casino, Internet Corner, conference rooms, photo gallery, Agora Duty Free & Travel Value Shop, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center, and the Sana Health Spa & Beauty Salon.  The vessel is fully air-conditioned, has stabilizers, telephone, fax, satellite telephone and physician on-board. 

    <Our Fun Happenings Group will have reserved tables in the Formal dining room each night.... your menu choices change each night- but offer many choices of American, Mediterranean and Latin dishes> 

    <Our Tour of Cuba includes Superior Inside Cabins, which are very spacious for cruise standards> 

    <spacious Outside cabins are available for an upgrade, based on availability at $375pp or $750.00 total>

    Length:       162 meters / 531 feet


    Capacity:    1200 passengers 

    Cabins:       480 cabins with en suite bathrooms, TV, radio and air conditioning

    Facilities:   Formal dining room, 2 casual dining area, café, five lounges / bars, casino, two pools, sauna, gym, Jacuzzi, spa and massage rooms, medical center with nurse / dr. on board, beauty salon, hair salon, Business center / Internet area, video arcade, conference room, duty free and travel value shop.

    Equipped:  satellite telephone, full air conditioning throughout the ship

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  • karen

    CSA does not offer travel insurance to Cuba. Do you have another company that you can recommend?

    4 days ago

    • Michael G.

      Allianz does offer travel protection to Cuba... the required Cuban medical insurance is provided in our trip package- but does not cover any thing but medical, while in Cuba... It is not full travel protection.

      4 days ago

    • karen

      Okay. Thanks

      4 days ago

  • Hassan

    EXPERIENCED:
    People asked too many questions they don't go!

    February 13

    • Michael G.

      This trip is full already, but have planned another Cuba trip for May 18-22, a 5 Day land-based tour of Havana and Vinales Cuba for $1695, including: RT Air, 4 Nights Hotel, 7 meals, All Excursions, Cuban Travel Visa, People to People Visa Fees...

      All trip details at: https://www.meetup.com...­

      February 13

    • Michele

      Michael
      This is Michele Overton
      I am going on this trip. You asked for my email to send more info.
      [masked]

      February 13

  • karen

    Hey. Sent you a check for this and an email to see if you got the check. I've gotten no response, and am going to have to void my check with the bank, because I don't know where the check is

    August 29

    • Michael G.

      Emailed you last Friday, I believe..... received your deposit check.

      August 29

    • karen

      Thanks.

      August 30

  • karen

    I am interested in this trip, but it looks like no one else signed up.

    1 · August 2

    • Michael G.

      Hi Karen... This trip was just announced a couple of weeks ago and is 7 months away... but we have 6 people going so far... space is limited to 30 spots on this trip... This will be the 3rd time our travel group does this Cuba itinerary and it one of the best Cuba itineraries available- as we explore the entire Island of Cuba in 4 unique regions and stay in Havana for 2 days... Email me at [masked] - if you have any more questions on Cuba... - Michael -

      August 2

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