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Program #21305RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Itinerary for Mar 9 — Mar 21, 2015

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Situated one mile from Miami International Airport (MIA), this modern Miami, Florida hotel adjoins the Miami Airport Convention Center and the Miami International Merchandise Mart, which is also open to the public.

The hotel is a 10 minute drive from the airport and offers a free shuttle service from the airport to the hotel. To call the shuttle upon arrival at the airport: On the 2nd Level / Departure Level, go to the nearest outside door and identify the Door number. Call the hotel on (305) 261-3800 and tell them your location. The shuttle will come and pick you up upon request.

Contact info:
711 NW 72nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33126 USA
phone: 305-261-3800
web: doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-miami-airport-and-convention-center-MIAMADT/index.html

Room amenities: 334 oversized guest rooms with complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, individual temperature and air-conditioning control, alarm clock radio with MP3 connection, coffee maker with coffee, iron and ironing board, 2 line speaker phone and an in room safe.

Facility amenities: Warm chocolate chip cookie at check-in; restaurant, bar, Automated Teller (ATM), baggage storage, beauty salon, clothing store, gift shop, laundry/valet service, room service, fitness room, heated outdoor pool, the hot tub and whirlpool spa, 24-hour complimentary airport transportation to and from Miami International Airport and the Waterford Blue Lagoon Office Park.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: To be determined
Contact Road Scholar Participant Services at (800) 454-5768 for details.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Monday, March 09 - Arrivals in Miami for Program Orientation and Int...
Note: Please note: The day-by-day schedule in Cuba is a representative guide only as program elements are subject to change on short notice.

Arrive To: Independent arrivals in Miami. Take the free hotel shuttle from the airport to the hotel. (Details provided in Information Packet.)

Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00pm. Please arrive at the hotel no later than 4 p.m. The Road Scholar Group Leader will be in the hotel lobby at 4:45 p.m. to accompany the group to the orientation room. Welcome and orientation begins at 5:00 p.m. This very important meeting prepares you for travel in Cuba. Review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) regulations that govern our program, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, tomorrow’s schedule.

Dinner: In the hotel. Meet your fellow travelers and discuss with your group leader any questions you may have about our program.

Evening: Get a good night's sleep before the early morning departure to the airport.

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the center of Havana, The Nacional Hotel is situated on a vantage point overlooking the Malecon – Havana’s seafront promenade. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba has hosted numerous illustrious guests: actors, artists and many other famous people. The hotel is a National Monument and is inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

Contact info:
Calle 21 y O, Vedado, Plaza
Havana, 10400 Cuba
phone: + 53 7 836 3564 al 67
web: www.hotelnacionaldecuba.com/en/home.asp

Room amenities: Air conditioning, in-room safe (additional fee), radio, TV, direct-dial telephone, private bathroom with hairdryer. Please note that there are no designated non-smoking rooms.

Facility amenities: 3 Restaurants, bar, 24 hour room service, outdoor swimming pool, gift shop, beauty salon, Cabaret Parisien show, business center with computers and Internet access (open from 9:00a.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Please note that Internet service in Cuba is expensive and very slow. The hotel has unreliable WiFi service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Tuesday, March 10 - Charter Flight to Cuba / Museum of Fine Arts / Pe...
Charter Flight to Cuba / Museum of Fine Arts / People to People Activity at Booksellers Market

Note: Note: Charter flight times to Cuba are subject to change and will be confirmed in the Final Information Packet. The day-by-day schedule in Cuba is a representative guide only as program elements are subject to change on short notice.

Breakfast: Breakfast bags will be provided for early departure.

Morning: Early departure via hotel shuttle to the airport. Please meet your Group Leader in the hotel lobby with your luggage 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. It is mandatory to check in for charter flights to Havana 3 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in Havana, we meet our Cuban Study Leader.

Lunch: In Old Havana at the newly renovated Sloppy Joe’s, a historic bar that became famous during the era of Prohibition.

Afternoon: People to People Connection: Plaza de Armas Book Market. Havana’s oldest square -- dating back to the 16th Century -- is the site of a famous second-hand book market. Here book sellers offer a variety of books for sale. Meet and talk with some of the sellers for a first-hand, glimpse into this fascinating aspect of life in Cuba. The square itself is surrounded by historic buildings in keeping with the Old Town’s listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Field Trip: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana (National Museum of Fine Arts). Examine the Cuba’s history through the evolution of art, and the style that has made Cuban art popular around the world.

Hotel Check-in: Check into the hotel for three nights.

Dinner: In the hotel restaurant, Sierra Maestre on the 25th floor, with awesome views of the city and Havana harbor.

Evening: After a long day of travel, rest and prepare for a full day tomorrow.

Lodging: Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the center of Havana, The Nacional Hotel is situated on a vantage point overlooking the Malecon – Havana’s seafront promenade. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba has hosted numerous illustrious guests: actors, artists and many other famous people. The hotel is a National Monument and is inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

Contact info:
Calle 21 y O, Vedado, Plaza
Havana, 10400 Cuba
phone: + 53 7 836 3564 al 67
web: www.hotelnacionaldecuba.com/en/home.asp

Room amenities: Air conditioning, in-room safe (additional fee), radio, TV, direct-dial telephone, private bathroom with hairdryer. Please note that there are no designated non-smoking rooms.

Facility amenities: 3 Restaurants, bar, 24 hour room service, outdoor swimming pool, gift shop, beauty salon, Cabaret Parisien show, business center with computers and Internet access (open from 9:00a.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Please note that Internet service in Cuba is expensive and very slow. The hotel has unreliable WiFi service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Wednesday, March 11 - Hemingway / People to People Activities at Cooper...
Hemingway / People to People Activities at Cooperative Farm and Community Center

Note: Walking and standing on cobblestones, walking and standing for up to 1 mile / 1 hour at a time. Steps with no railings.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Field Trip: Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña. Construction of this fortress, known simply as La Cabaña, took 11 years, from 1763-1774. It is the largest defensive structure in the Americas. Thanks to its massive size and armaments, La Cabaña was never attacked in war, though it figured in more recent Cuban history. Today, it offers ideal views to gain an understanding and appreciation of the city's layout.

Field Trip to Hemingway Farm, Finca Vigía. Ten miles east of Havana is the small, working-class town of San Francisco de Paula where Ernest Hemingway bought a modest house in 1940 and lived for 30 years with his wife Mary. Here he wrote “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “The Old Man and the Sea,” and “A Movable Feast” while enjoying his passion for fishing with local people. After the writer’s death in 1961, the Cuban government took ownership of the property.

Lunch: People to People Connection with lunch in the gardens of an organic farm, at a Paladar - a private enterprise restaurant.

Afternoon: People to People Connection at an organic farm: Meet with members of a cooperative, a joint venture between the government and private enterprise. Learn about urban agriculture, organic and cooperative farming, Producing fresh vegetables, fruits, ornamental plants, seedlings, timber, medicinal plants, and more, the farm sells products directly to members of the community as well as local restaurants.

Dinner: People to People Connection: Proyecto Muraleando. After beginning neighborhood art workshops in 2001, a small group of artists set out to transform their barrio through a “muraling” project. Murals began appearing, and eventually a community centered event brought together artists, musicians, dancers, singers, actors, poets, and food for a cultural celebration. Meet project members and their families, enjoy dinner that they prepare and serve in this unique setting.

Evening: Socialize and enjoy music with the people of the neighborhood.

Lodging: Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the center of Havana, The Nacional Hotel is situated on a vantage point overlooking the Malecon – Havana’s seafront promenade. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba has hosted numerous illustrious guests: actors, artists and many other famous people. The hotel is a National Monument and is inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

Contact info:
Calle 21 y O, Vedado, Plaza
Havana, 10400 Cuba
phone: + 53 7 836 3564 al 67
web: www.hotelnacionaldecuba.com/en/home.asp

Room amenities: Air conditioning, in-room safe (additional fee), radio, TV, direct-dial telephone, private bathroom with hairdryer. Please note that there are no designated non-smoking rooms.

Facility amenities: 3 Restaurants, bar, 24 hour room service, outdoor swimming pool, gift shop, beauty salon, Cabaret Parisien show, business center with computers and Internet access (open from 9:00a.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Please note that Internet service in Cuba is expensive and very slow. The hotel has unreliable WiFi service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Thursday, March 12 - People to People Activities with a Dance Company/...
People to People Activities with a Dance Company/ Dominoes – a Cuban Passion

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: People to People Connection: Attend a rehearsal of a new independent Cuban dance group, MalPaso, and meet its members to discuss their training, hopes, aspirations, and careers.

Lunch: Private Enterprise People to People: Meet two renowned artists who have set up their own private restaurant business. Learn about their artistic successes and talk about challenges they face as private entrepreneurs. Members of MalPaso join us so that we can continue our conversations over lunch. Find out why they have chosen to work as independent artists instead of with a state-operated company.

Afternoon: People to People Connection: Dominoes. Cuba’s national game has its own set of rules, played enthusiastically in private and public. More than competition and skill, it is a greatly enjoyed social activity. Meet with members of a local dominoes league; spend the afternoon learning the Cuban rules, then playing with club members. Teams will rotate and each American will play with one Cuban, talking and getting to know one another during the camaraderie of the game.

Dinner: On your own to explore your choice of the many new Paladars (privately owned restaurants) now open in Havana. Suggestions will be provided.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Resort

Contact info:
Avenida Eucaliptos y Circunvalacion
Santa Clara, Cuba
phone: +53 4 221 8140
web: www.hotelloscaneyes.com/

Facility amenities: Swimming Pool Restaurant

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Friday, March 13 - Transfer to Santa Clara / People to People Activ...
Transfer to Santa Clara / People to People Activities with a Senior Center / Troubadours

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Depart Havana and transfer to Santa Clara via private motor coach, approximately 175 miles/3.5 hours with a rest stop. En route, discuss current events and daily life with your Cuban Study Leader.

Lunch: Upon arrival in Santa Clara, lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: People to People Connection: Meet retirees at a local social club, who teach us traditional Cuban dances and games. Learn about life as an active senior citizen with this vivacious group.

People to People Connection: Trovadores (Troubadours). In the medieval era, troubadours were itinerant musicians who wrote and performed their own music on chivalric and romantic themes. Cuba’s trovadores carried on this tradition in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, performing traditional ballads called “trova” that owe their vibrance to Cuba’s combination of Spanish and African heritage. We will meet some local trovadores, have an informal discussion about their lives, and enjoy a performance. Late afternoon, check-in at the hotel.

Dinner: Enjoy a traditional Pig Roast and buffet in the lovely garden setting near the hotel pool.

Evening: At leisure to enjoy the gardens and resort atmosphere.

Lodging: Hotel Los Caneyes

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Cruise Ship

Description: This 521-foot ship offers a yacht-like experience for up to 1,200 passengers. Its elegant public spaces include three restaurants, several lounges, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, gym and spa. Enjoy Caribbean breezes on the sun deck and open promenades.

Ship Information: Capacity: 1200 passengers in 480 staterooms Tonnage 25.611 Length 162 m Breadth 25,6 m Draught 6,10 m Cruising Speed 18 knots Passenger Decks 9 Elevators 4 Stabilizers YES Electric Current 110 - 220V ΑC Classification Society DNV

Contact info:
300, 840 - 6 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, AB Canada
phone: 403-770-1083
web: www.mycubacruise.com

Room amenities: Road Scholar participants are accommodated in cabin category XF: Deluxe Outside Cabins on Deck 7. All 480 staterooms are equipped with air conditioning, telephone, television, hairdryer, private bathroom with wash basin, toilet and shower.

Facility amenities: Lunch and Afternoon Tea served at the Traviata Buffet, Included Dinner in La Scala Restaurant, Optional Alberta Prime Steakhouse Restaurant. Jacuzzi and outdoor swimming pool, Riviera pool bar, Evening entertainment in the Metropolitan Show Lounge and Stars Lounge & Disco. Other facilities feature the Casino, Internet Corner, conference rooms, photo gallery, Emporium Duty Free & Travel Value Shop, fitness center, beauty salon, spa & massage services. The vessel is fully air-conditioned, is equipped with stabilizers, telephone, fax, satellite telephone and physician on board.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Saturday, March 14 - Explore Cienfuegos / People to People Activities ...
Explore Cienfuegos / People to People Activities / Transfer to Port and Board Ship

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Depart Santa Clara and transfer to Cienfuegos, approximately 45 miles / 1.25 hours.

People to People Connection: Meet with members of a noted choral group, many of whom have learned English in the last few years, for interaction and conversation. Learn about their involvement with the choir and enjoy a rehearsal.

Field Trip: Stroll through the main shopping street of Cienfuegos and learn about the differences between Ration, Cuban Pesos, and CUC stores. Explore the complexity of the two-currency system with opportunities to talk with Cubans who shop at these stores as we enter and speak with the workers and hear what they do.

Lunch: Private enterprise: Lunch in a privately-owned restaurant (Paladar).

Afternoon: People-to-People Connection: Meet artists who operate a print collaborative, learn their lives, their work and working conditions, and what it means to be an artist in a smaller Cuban town.

People-to-People Connection: We conclude our day in Cienfuegos with a special opportunity to interact with children involved in a community performance art project. We meet children, volunteers, and parents, learn about the project, and participate with kids as they teach us some of their songs.

Continue to the port and board the ship.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure. Settle in and begin exploring the ship that will be our floating hotel for the next five nights. Included in the Road Scholar program: Shipboard beverage package including eight servings per day of water, soda, coffee and tea. The MV Louis Cristal navigates overnight to Isla de la Juventud.

Lodging: MV Louis Cristal

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Cruise Ship

Description: This 521-foot ship offers a yacht-like experience for up to 1,200 passengers. Its elegant public spaces include three restaurants, several lounges, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, gym and spa. Enjoy Caribbean breezes on the sun deck and open promenades.

Ship Information: Capacity: 1200 passengers in 480 staterooms Tonnage 25.611 Length 162 m Breadth 25,6 m Draught 6,10 m Cruising Speed 18 knots Passenger Decks 9 Elevators 4 Stabilizers YES Electric Current 110 - 220V ΑC Classification Society DNV

Contact info:
300, 840 - 6 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, AB Canada
phone: 403-770-1083
web: www.mycubacruise.com

Room amenities: Road Scholar participants are accommodated in cabin category XF: Deluxe Outside Cabins on Deck 7. All 480 staterooms are equipped with air conditioning, telephone, television, hairdryer, private bathroom with wash basin, toilet and shower.

Facility amenities: Lunch and Afternoon Tea served at the Traviata Buffet, Included Dinner in La Scala Restaurant, Optional Alberta Prime Steakhouse Restaurant. Jacuzzi and outdoor swimming pool, Riviera pool bar, Evening entertainment in the Metropolitan Show Lounge and Stars Lounge & Disco. Other facilities feature the Casino, Internet Corner, conference rooms, photo gallery, Emporium Duty Free & Travel Value Shop, fitness center, beauty salon, spa & massage services. The vessel is fully air-conditioned, is equipped with stabilizers, telephone, fax, satellite telephone and physician on board.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Sunday, March 15 - People to People Activities in Punta Frances Nati...
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: People to People Connection: Parque Nacional Marino de Punta Francés. Meet workers from the Punta Francés National Marine Park who are involved in environmental protection on Isla de la Juventud (Island of Youth). This is a unique opportunity to discuss life in the most remote part of Cuba and to learn about work being done to help preserve local reefs. Punta Francés was one of the first marine areas to be protected in Cuba.

Lunch: Continue the conversation with members of the park service to learn more about their lives. Return to the ship.

Afternoon: On-board Presentation: Understanding Cuba. With your Study Leader, deepen your understanding of Cuba with a presentation and discussion.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy the rhythm of life aboard ship as you enjoy the warm Caribbean breezes on deck, or take in a performance as the ship navigates to Havana.

Lodging: MV Louis Cristal

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: This 521-foot ship offers a yacht-like experience for up to 1,200 passengers. Its elegant public spaces include three restaurants, several lounges, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, gym and spa. Enjoy Caribbean breezes on the sun deck and open promenades.

Ship Information: Capacity: 1200 passengers in 480 staterooms Tonnage 25.611 Length 162 m Breadth 25,6 m Draught 6,10 m Cruising Speed 18 knots Passenger Decks 9 Elevators 4 Stabilizers YES Electric Current 110 - 220V ΑC Classification Society DNV

Contact info:
300, 840 - 6 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, AB Canada
phone: 403-770-1083
web: www.mycubacruise.com

Room amenities: Road Scholar participants are accommodated in cabin category XF: Deluxe Outside Cabins on Deck 7. All 480 staterooms are equipped with air conditioning, telephone, television, hairdryer, private bathroom with wash basin, toilet and shower.

Facility amenities: Lunch and Afternoon Tea served at the Traviata Buffet, Included Dinner in La Scala Restaurant, Optional Alberta Prime Steakhouse Restaurant. Jacuzzi and outdoor swimming pool, Riviera pool bar, Evening entertainment in the Metropolitan Show Lounge and Stars Lounge & Disco. Other facilities feature the Casino, Internet Corner, conference rooms, photo gallery, Emporium Duty Free & Travel Value Shop, fitness center, beauty salon, spa & massage services. The vessel is fully air-conditioned, is equipped with stabilizers, telephone, fax, satellite telephone and physician on board.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Monday, March 16 - People to People Activities with a Dance Company ...
Breakfast: On board the ship

Morning: People to People Connection: Back in Havana for a day, meet with young Cuban dancers who belong to one of Cuba’s prominent modern dance companies. Learn about their training and life as a professional dancer.

Lunch: Free Enterprise: Discussion and lunch at a Paladar (privately owned restaurant). Learn the challenges and rewards of being a private business owner.

Afternoon: People to People Connection: Explore the Guanabacoa Museum. Learn about religious syncretism -- the fusion of diverse beliefs and practices – view the ethnographic collection of Afro-Cuban religious cults, the best known of which is Santería. Forbidden to practice their native African religion, imported slaves embraced the outward forms of Christianity without any meaningful change in their beliefs. Learn directly from contemporary practitioners of Santería and witness an interactive performance of music and dance representing Santeria deities. Return to the ship.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: At leisure. This ship is docked in the heart of Old Havana so you may wish to enjoy the city in the evening or observe the city lights from a vantage point on the deck.

Lodging: MV Louis Cristal

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: This 521-foot ship offers a yacht-like experience for up to 1,200 passengers. Its elegant public spaces include three restaurants, several lounges, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, gym and spa. Enjoy Caribbean breezes on the sun deck and open promenades.

Ship Information: Capacity: 1200 passengers in 480 staterooms Tonnage 25.611 Length 162 m Breadth 25,6 m Draught 6,10 m Cruising Speed 18 knots Passenger Decks 9 Elevators 4 Stabilizers YES Electric Current 110 - 220V ΑC Classification Society DNV

Contact info:
300, 840 - 6 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, AB Canada
phone: 403-770-1083
web: www.mycubacruise.com

Room amenities: Road Scholar participants are accommodated in cabin category XF: Deluxe Outside Cabins on Deck 7. All 480 staterooms are equipped with air conditioning, telephone, television, hairdryer, private bathroom with wash basin, toilet and shower.

Facility amenities: Lunch and Afternoon Tea served at the Traviata Buffet, Included Dinner in La Scala Restaurant, Optional Alberta Prime Steakhouse Restaurant. Jacuzzi and outdoor swimming pool, Riviera pool bar, Evening entertainment in the Metropolitan Show Lounge and Stars Lounge & Disco. Other facilities feature the Casino, Internet Corner, conference rooms, photo gallery, Emporium Duty Free & Travel Value Shop, fitness center, beauty salon, spa & massage services. The vessel is fully air-conditioned, is equipped with stabilizers, telephone, fax, satellite telephone and physician on board.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, March 17 - At Sea En Route to Holguin, People to People Acti...
At Sea En Route to Holguin, People to People Activities with Cuban Crew Members and Cuban Dance Instruction

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Enjoy a day at sea as we head towards Holguín.

On-board Presentation: Meet with your Study Leader for a presentation on aspects of Cuba's history and culture to deepen your knowledge and understanding.

People to People Connection: Meet with Cuban members of the crew to learn about their lives, their work, and what attracted them to working on board a ship. Engage in candid, small group conversations.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: People to People Connection: Cuban Dance Instruction. Meet and interact with talented instructors to learn national dances including Salsa. As you practice the steps during a one-on-one lesson, take this opportunity for personal conversations about life and work.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: The MV Louis Cristal continues navigating along the north coast toward eastern Cuba.

Lodging: MV Louis Cristal

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Cruise Ship

Description: This 521-foot ship offers a yacht-like experience for up to 1,200 passengers. Its elegant public spaces include three restaurants, several lounges, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, gym and spa. Enjoy Caribbean breezes on the sun deck and open promenades.

Ship Information: Capacity: 1200 passengers in 480 staterooms Tonnage 25.611 Length 162 m Breadth 25,6 m Draught 6,10 m Cruising Speed 18 knots Passenger Decks 9 Elevators 4 Stabilizers YES Electric Current 110 - 220V ΑC Classification Society DNV

Contact info:
300, 840 - 6 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, AB Canada
phone: 403-770-1083
web: www.mycubacruise.com

Room amenities: Road Scholar participants are accommodated in cabin category XF: Deluxe Outside Cabins on Deck 7. All 480 staterooms are equipped with air conditioning, telephone, television, hairdryer, private bathroom with wash basin, toilet and shower.

Facility amenities: Lunch and Afternoon Tea served at the Traviata Buffet, Included Dinner in La Scala Restaurant, Optional Alberta Prime Steakhouse Restaurant. Jacuzzi and outdoor swimming pool, Riviera pool bar, Evening entertainment in the Metropolitan Show Lounge and Stars Lounge & Disco. Other facilities feature the Casino, Internet Corner, conference rooms, photo gallery, Emporium Duty Free & Travel Value Shop, fitness center, beauty salon, spa & massage services. The vessel is fully air-conditioned, is equipped with stabilizers, telephone, fax, satellite telephone and physician on board.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Wednesday, March 18 - People to People Activities at a Health Care Cent...
People to People Activities at a Health Care Center, Rural School, Paper and Print Factory Meeting Workers and Artists

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: The ship arrives in Holguín. When Christopher Columbus first laid eyes on it in 1492, he called this “the most beautiful land human eyes have ever seen.” Now it is the third most populous province in Cuba.

People to People Connections: Drive to a village in the countryside and meet with doctors, nurses, and other staff at a small family clinic, discuss healthcare in Cuba, learn about their training, and gain insights into the care they provide in this rural area.

People to People Connection: Visit a small elementary school, meet with faculty and administrators, and learn more about education in eastern Cuba. This opportunity to converse and exchange ideas is as unique for our hosts as it is for us.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: People to People Connection: Meet with workers and artists at a unique paper and print factory that uses equipment from the early 20th Century. Learn about this specialized industry with opportunities to share conversation about life, work, and wages. The workers enjoy demonstrating how they’ve restored the equipment and how it works.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Share highlights of today's experiences with your fellow participants as you reflect on differences between our two countries. The ship navigates overnight to Santiago de Cuba.

Lodging: MV Louis Cristal

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Melia Santiago is part modern city hotel, part resort-style hotel, situated in a residential area in the heart of Santiago. The hotel is one of the tallest buildings in the city, providing views of the entire area including the Sierra Maestre mountain range. Please note that Cuban hotel standards may not equal their American or European counterparts. Improvements are ongoing, and we hope that the potential glitch in service or amenities is a minor trade-off for the authentic connections and enrichment you’ll experience.

Contact info:
Avd. de las Américas y Calle M
Santiago de Cuba, 90400 Cuba
phone: +(53) 226 87070
web: www.melia.com/hotels/cuba/santiago-de-cuba/melia-santiago-de-cuba/home.htm

Room amenities: 300 rooms with air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, LCD TV with 24 multi-language channels, in-room safe (additional charge), direct dial telephone, mini-bar (additional charge), private bathroom with bathtub and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, café, bars, Panoramic rooftop bar, foreign currency exchange, Internet center with PC, WiFi in lobby (additional charge), gift shop, 24-hour doctor on-call, 3 swimming-pools set in spacious gardens and terraces, evening entertainment program with live music, fitness center, massage and sauna. Hotel voltage 110v (60Hz) and 220v (60Hz).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eleven: Thursday, March 19 - Santiago: People to People Activities with a Perf...
Santiago: People to People Activities with a Performing Arts School and Community Arts Project

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: We disembark the ship and meet our eastern Cuban Study Leader.

Field Trip: Santiago de Cuba. The city’s colorful, sometimes turbulent history dates back to 1514 when it was founded by Spanish conquistadors. Walk through the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, to examine impressive monuments to famous Cubans such as poet and national hero José Martí.

Explore the Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, better known as El Morro, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as "the most complete, best-preserved example of Spanish-American military architecture, based on Italian and Renaissance design principles.”

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: People to People Connection: Attend a rehearsal of Cutumba, a vibrant dance company that performs Afro-Cuban dance centered on percussion and drumming. After they demonstrate their energetic moves, join them to learn some basic steps yourself and converse with the dancers to learn about their international travels to perform worldwide. People to People Connection: Meet members of a community project that helps share the arts with kids in a needy neighborhood. Learn about their work, the great need in this mostly Afro-Cuban part of the city, meet some of the kids in their classrooms. Late afternoon hotel check-in.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Evening: It has been another full day. Enjoy the resort atmosphere, a lovely setting for after-dinner conversations with your travel companions.

Lodging: Melia Santiago de Cuba

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Melia Santiago is part modern city hotel, part resort-style hotel, situated in a residential area in the heart of Santiago. The hotel is one of the tallest buildings in the city, providing views of the entire area including the Sierra Maestre mountain range. Please note that Cuban hotel standards may not equal their American or European counterparts. Improvements are ongoing, and we hope that the potential glitch in service or amenities is a minor trade-off for the authentic connections and enrichment you’ll experience.

Contact info:
Avd. de las Américas y Calle M
Santiago de Cuba, 90400 Cuba
phone: +(53) 226 87070
web: www.melia.com/hotels/cuba/santiago-de-cuba/melia-santiago-de-cuba/home.htm

Room amenities: 300 rooms with air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, LCD TV with 24 multi-language channels, in-room safe (additional charge), direct dial telephone, mini-bar (additional charge), private bathroom with bathtub and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, café, bars, Panoramic rooftop bar, foreign currency exchange, Internet center with PC, WiFi in lobby (additional charge), gift shop, 24-hour doctor on-call, 3 swimming-pools set in spacious gardens and terraces, evening entertainment program with live music, fitness center, massage and sauna. Hotel voltage 110v (60Hz) and 220v (60Hz).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Twelve: Friday, March 20 - People to People Activities in Guantanamo City wi...
People to People Activities in Guantanamo City with Cuban Musical Heritage / Family Visit

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Full day Field trip to the city of Guantanamo (55 miles, approximately 1.5 hours), founded by Catalan (Spanish) and French colonists who eventually intermingled with native people and slaves. The area’s deep-rooted musical and dance traditions were also influenced by Franco-Haitian immigrants. (Please note: The US base of Guantanamo is in a different location and is neither accessible nor visible.)

People to People Connection: La Tumba Francesca Pompadour. Meet and interact with dancers and perfomers who carry on this Franco-Haitian tradition. The dance, song, and drumming style known as “Tumba Francesa” (French drum) was brought to Cuba by Haitian slaves who were resettled in the island’s eastern regions during the 1790s. It embodies one of the oldest and strongest links to the Afro-Haitian heritage -- a fusion of music from Dahomey in West Africa and traditional French dances. La Tumba Francesca is inscribed on the UNESCO’s list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

People to People Connection: Casa del Changüí. Meet and interact with musicians who play this style of popular Cuban music and see how each instrument is played. Changüí originated in the early 19th Century, combining elements of Spanish canción with African rhythms and percussion instruments.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Return to Santiago. En route, a People to People Connection Meet and interact with a local family. Their home, as is typical with many Cuban families, houses three generations. Over coffee and conversation, learn what life is like for typical Cubans in this area.

Dinner: Private Enterprise People to People: Enjoy good food and good company during a farewell dinner in a Paladar. Meet the family that owns and operates this charming privately owned restaurant in their home.

Evening: Prepare for your journey back to Miami tomorrow.

Lodging: Melia Santiago de Cuba

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Thirteen: Saturday, March 21 - Return Charter Flight to Miami / Program End
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Transfer to Santiago airport for return charter flight to Miami. Charter flight times are confirmed in the final documents mailing. Please do not make any onward flight connections out of Miami prior to 3:00 p.m. due to possible delays with the charter flight and wait time at U.S. Customs and Immigration.

Upon arrival in Miami, if you have connecting flights, clear U.S. Immigration and Custom then make your way to the transfer desks to recheck your luggage and secure boarding passes.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Included
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12 nights of accommodations
34 meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
28 Hands-on experiences
5 Performances
2 Flights during the program
Visas: 1(out of 1 required)

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