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Program #20610RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
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Eloise Mares Nov 22, 2014 at 06:25 PM

Are we allowed to bring any alcohol for personal consumption into Cuba such as a bottle of wine, etc.?
Frank Feigert Nov 22, 2014 at 06:53 PM

I am not aware of any restriction, but why take a chance? Beside, alcohol is readily available in Cuba.


Morton Paley Nov 14, 2014 at 02:24 PM

We are very interested in seeing a performance by the National Ballet of Cuba. There are three during the week we'll be in Cuba. Can you arrange tickets?


Ellen Rebecca Stannard Nov 09, 2014 at 12:28 PM

I am a USA citizen residing in UK My husband has dual citizenship in the UK and the USA. Would we have problems entering and/or leaving Cuba?
Frank Feigert Nov 09, 2014 at 01:18 PM

Assuming you enter Cuba from Miami, you will be given a briefing there. Your husband's UK passport should present no problems at all. The people at Cuban immigration will probably not stamp your US passport. But, even if they do, Road Scholar will have given you a letter from the State Department authorizing your Cuban trip. This letter should be retained for a few (5? 10?) years so that some future US immigration officials will not challenge your previous travel to Cuba. The whole process is really worry-free.


Winn Kalmon Nov 04, 2014 at 09:15 AM

We are two women friends, ready to go to Cuba with the March 4, 2015 trip. We'll be in Mexico for a week before we meet with the Road Scholar group. We could take US dollars to Cuba to exchange, but hate having to pay the "penalty" fee tacked onto the usual exchange fee. When we prepare to leave Mexico, we could change pesos to US dollars, euros, or Canadian dollars, or just keep a bunch of pesos, to take to Cuba. Does anybody have any wisdom on which currency it might be best to take to Cuba? And since we carry US passports, would be HAVE to be exchanging US dollars? Thanks.
Frank Feigert Nov 04, 2014 at 10:26 AM

The penalty fee as you call it is really minimal, as compared to the value of the trip experience. However, Canadian dollars worked well for us at the hotel,


Thomas Bruno Oct 19, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Cuba: I understand that internet connectivity is challenging in Cuba but I intend to bring my laptop. For those who have been on this trip would you have concerns about leaving a laptop in the hotel room or is it easy and secure to take it out every day and to leave in on the motor coach at times?
Pamela Hazard Oct 20, 2014 at 09:54 AM

In the Hotel Nacional where you will spend several nights, the Internet connection is spotty and expensive. There is a safe in the room (just like the ones in US hotels that you can rent for About $3./day. Small laptop would fit. It's also safe on the bus, I would say. At the other hotel the Internet connection is better and slightly less pricey. Those are the only places where you can get a connection. Enjoy!
Eloise Mares Oct 20, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Will they have computers at these hotels that we can use for a fee if we don't have one we are bringing with us?
Pamela Hazard Oct 20, 2014 at 10:58 PM

No, I didn't see any computers in the hotels for guest's use. I brought my iPhone for picture-taking and twice went online to get emails. It's a good opportunity to "unplug". People there have cellphones--even iPhones but since it's still a communist country, the Internet is not made available to most people. (Artists seemed to be an exception but I am sure safeguards are put in place).


Thomas Bruno Oct 19, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Cuba:
My wife and I are booked on the January 21, 2015, Cuba trip. I was there once with a high school group in 2001, and looking forward to a return visit. I'd be interested in connecting with others going on our same trip, Program #20610RJ Tom Bruno tombruno@tombruno.com
Eloise Mares Oct 19, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Thomas, I am booked on the January 21, 2015 trip also. Look forward to meeting you and your wife. It will be my first trip there. I have had close friends who are Cuban and have wanted to go for years. I love the music. .


Carol Johnson Oct 16, 2014 at 11:07 AM

So, I'm scheduled to go to Cuba in early March. Has anyone given any thought to Ebola and what it would mean if there are cases in the Caribbean?
Pamela Hazard Oct 20, 2014 at 09:58 AM

My guess is that Road Scholar is monitoring this situation. Make sure you get cancellation insurance just in case.


Frank Feigert Oct 07, 2014 at 09:59 PM

Bonnie Conley commented on your post on the Road Scholar Social Network.
"Is Canadian currency accepted everywhere, then? Also, is it possible purchase art and bring it back to the US?"
Cannot say whether it is accepted everywhere, but do use the hotel(s). Rates are favorable. As for buying art, check with your local guide, because there are occasional "fees" which detract from what the artist should get.


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