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Marianne Ham May 04, 2015 at 06:34 PM

Elizabeth ...I absolutely know there's no way to check in ...there's no way to do much of anything with the US once you're on their soil ...so what happens is what happens.

Marianne Ham May 04, 2015 at 06:14 PM

Elizabeth ..thank you very very much. I'm flying American also and my sense is that's up to the check in person because I believe airline policy is to charge ...but they probably have lots of issues with late flights from Cuba and understand the situation in that they are not "connecting flight" ...so they probably are a little more lenient ...we'll see what happens. I'm ready for anything and staying flexible.
Elizabeth Augustine May 04, 2015 at 06:28 PM

Marianne - flexibility is the name of the game with Cuba! I suspect you're right that they do have lots of late flights. And they know there's no way to check in from there - you have to wait until you're stateside.

Marianne Ham May 04, 2015 at 05:19 PM

Thank you all for your comments ...Miami airport sounds like I remember it ...it's a mess and that's it ...my flight is at 7pm and is the last flight to Phila ..so I'll just have to go with the flow; see how it all goes and if necessary stay overnight in Miami (there are plenty of airport hotels) and take a flight the next day. I called RS Miami hotel but they suggested I NOT make a reservation there the night we return because it's not cancelable. Better to just wait and see how things go ...changing my flight to Phila will mean a fee whether I do it now or then so it's best I wait. Thanks everyone for the input.
Elizabeth Augustine May 04, 2015 at 05:28 PM

Marianne - I think that's a wise course. We flew American and other airlines may vary. But we realize now that if we'd been able to change our flight from Cuba, we would have been charged. When we explained to the checkin guy what had happened, he was totally nice about it and didn't charge us anything for the rebooking. I don't know if the policy is by airline or by whim of the checkin agent. With all luck, you might actually make your connection!

Marianne Ham May 04, 2015 at 04:16 PM

Susan ..I hope you had a wonderful time ...one major question ...how long did it take you to go thru customs, etc. at Miami airport? What time did your charter get there? Thanks
Susan Sandler May 04, 2015 at 04:44 PM

Marianne.....This is not an easy questions n because it probably depends on the time of day your charter arrives in Miami......In both direction na, our charter was one hour late so we arrived in Miami at 4:00PM
Susan Sandler May 04, 2015 at 04:48 PM

My connecting flight to NY was at 7:42 PM ......I was told that the walk to immigration , customs, passport control, baggage claim was more than than a mile.....I was carrying a very heavy tote bag so I requested a wheelchair.....This was a first for me but I'm glad that I did it.......
Susan Sandler May 04, 2015 at 04:54 PM

Actually, I meant that my charter arrived in Miami at 5:00 PM ......With the wheelchair assistance, I got to the check in for my NY flight at about 6:15........keep in mind that with the wheelchair assistance I got priority for going through the long lines.....By the time I went through security for my NY flight, grabbed a sandwich, I was just in time for boarding which began at about 7:05......if anything I said isn't clear, just ask away.......The lines were very long....
Elizabeth Augustine May 04, 2015 at 04:59 PM

The first time I left Cuba, everything went like clockwork and we arrived on time. The second time, the flight was delayed by two hours and it took 50 minutes to get through customs. We just dealt with it when we arrived at the checkin counter at Miama - got onto a later flight and all was well.

Susan Sandler May 04, 2015 at 04:03 PM

I just returned from my trip to Cuba......if anyone has questions, I'll try my best to answer them.
Florence Elion Mascott May 04, 2015 at 04:26 PM

I was told the people need simple things like soap and pens and pencils...Does this still hold true/
Susan Sandler May 04, 2015 at 05:11 PM

Yes, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, notebooks, soap, sewing supplies, knit and crochet supplies, ....the people get ration booklets for their basic food needs and basic toiletries, but everything else is expensive and they make very little money.......Anything you bring will be appreciated.

Janet Omlansky May 01, 2015 at 09:45 PM

I will be going to Cuba in January 2016...Have you received all of the immunizations that the CDC recommends? I have never had to get immunizations for travel, and want to make sure I am doing this right. Thanks for your thought and advice.
Susan Sandler May 02, 2015 at 12:03 AM

I just returned from Cuba and didn't get any inoculations for this trip....
Elizabeth Augustine May 04, 2015 at 03:44 PM

Before the first time I went to Cuba, I saw a travel nurse. After a long discussion, we decided that the vaccination I needed was ... a flu shot. So I didn't bother the second time :-)
Barbara Rice May 04, 2015 at 04:53 PM

At the advice of two physicians, my husband and I have received Typhoid, Hepatitis A & B, and made sure our tetanus was up-to-date. The typhoid was taken orally in 4 doses - not a vaccination. We were cautioned about the water and after doing research I agreed.
Elizabeth Augustine May 04, 2015 at 05:00 PM

It's a good idea to keep tetanus up to date even if you're just staying home.
Barbara Rice May 04, 2015 at 05:04 PM

Of course

Florence Elion Mascott Apr 29, 2015 at 09:31 AM

I am on the June 10 cuba trip. I will be driving from Palm Beach on 6/10 to Miami. I have a two seater car. If that will help anyone.
Florence Elion Mascott May 02, 2015 at 12:30 PM

All my immunizations are up to date because I have been traveling to countries that required them. Have not heard anything about neeing anything fro Cuba. I was apprised to brush teeth with bottled water, etc. The usual precausions...Will tell you more afte I arrive home on the 18th of June.

Marianne Ham Apr 27, 2015 at 03:29 PM

Nancy ....I was just quoting from the program booklet ...they used the word "unreliable" ..so you have to ask the group leader during the orientation. I'm sure there's help ....

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