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James Zuiches May 04, 2015 at 05:41 PM

We are on the May 15 trip to Cuba. I was wondering about gifts. A friend recently went with a church group and he suggested band-aids and first aid materials. Is this a good idea?
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Michael Landes Apr 11, 2015 at 02:56 PM

We are going on the May 15 Cuba trip. Has anyone gone on the Miami tour with David Del Rio that is recommended in the RS material? Would appreciate any reviews.
Linda Lindert Apr 11, 2015 at 03:15 PM

Six of us went before our tour last year and we loved it! He is very informative and it was worth the time and price.

dori vinella Apr 08, 2015 at 12:34 PM

great idea!

Nan Schaller Apr 08, 2015 at 07:06 AM

Consider taking a can opening grip along with you. It's something you can stick in your pocket and it will help when trying to open your bottles of water. Not sure why, but they are much tougher to get started than the ones in the US. :-)

Margaret Reek Apr 06, 2015 at 08:45 PM

We had a nasty surprise when we got home. Charles Schwab bank decided to freeze our account for the duration of our stay in Cuba (no mention of this when we called to say we were traveling and going to Cuba; we might want to use our ATM card in Florida and couldn't use it in Cuba even if we wanted to). Given that this is the account with all the auto-pay and income deposits, and we were gone when the bills should have been paid, it was a royal pain in the butt. So, be careful what you tell your financial institutions, especially if you happen to be a Schwab customer.
Premium Email Subscriber May 04, 2015 at 09:10 PM

Thanks for the heads-up on this.

Ernest Johnson Apr 06, 2015 at 08:10 PM

Thanks to Nan and many others for good information! How can we get Road Scholar to provide realistic information to begin with?

Nan Schaller Apr 05, 2015 at 07:11 PM

Ernest - Just returned (yesterday) from this trip. All places we stayed had soap; If I remember correctly, only two of the hotels (Havana and Santiago) had shampoo. We took $1000 and came home with $500. Spent more than anticipated - mostly tshirts, CD/DVDs, knicknacks, drinks, ice cream and tips. We did NOT have to pay the 25 CUC exit tax, but rely on your group leader to let you know if you will need to keep that aside.
Dottie Marban Apr 05, 2015 at 09:26 PM

Returning on March 28, we all had to pay the 25 CUC exit tax.

Dottie Marban Apr 04, 2015 at 03:57 PM

Ernest, I took $800 and spent $600 in two weeks, more than I expected. I bought the usual handicraft jewelry, rum, a couple of 10CUC paintings, and several 10CUC CDs along with some t-shirts and coffee in the Santiago airport. Along with others in my group, I did quite a bit of tipping to maids, servers where we bought our own meals, musicians that appear at every restaurant.Lots of people bought CDs. This was a way to get CUCs directly to the people, since their Cuban peso is worth so little. Dinners were 15-30CUCs (about 4, I think), as Virginia said, depending on drinks. These are 3 course meals. Usually one drink and sometimes two were included. Extra drinks cost about $4. Several of us from my group enjoyed a drink at the hotel every evening after dinner; we were quite a convivial bunch!

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41 meals: 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 12 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
18 Field trips
23 Hands-on experiences
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