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Linda Lindert Feb 05, 2016 at 10:37 AM

We went a year ago. One man got quite sick (he was sick when he arrived in Miami) and was taken to the hospital during our trip. Guide went with him. Got excellent treatment although little privacy. Exam, antibiotics all provided in one hour. No cost.
We all used hand sanitizer all the time! There is little opportunity to wash your hands after using any bathroom. I carried small bars of soap with me and many elderly women were begging for soap outside the hotels.

Yes, it was a fantastic trip. As for phone usage, we had to call to find out about a new grandchild. That was a challenge and we finally were able to make a connection using a manager's phone in a hotel. Otherwise, we had no contact with family or the U.S. while we were there for the two weeks. It may have changed, but somehow I doubt it. Internet never worked in any of the hotels. Relax and enjoy it! In some ways it was a relief.

Lynn Geisler Feb 05, 2016 at 10:27 AM

My husband and I were on the same Cuba trip as Linda Field. We were of course concerned about getting sick but we were very careful to either wash or use hand sanitizers regularly. We did not get any shots. I threw out one toothbrush after accidentally washing it with tap water. I carried disposable toothbrushes with me as well as an extra toothbrush so I was fine.
The quality and quantity of food was excellent and although at first I was hesitant about eating raw fruits and vegetables, I was fine after eating them.
We only took carry on luggage and backpacks and had more stuff then we needed. At one hotel, a maid did some of our laundry for a very reasonable fee or else we hand washed. Those hair dryers work well on clothes too!
It was a fantastic trip! Road Scholar did a great job and we were so fortunate to have a terrific tour director - Betty - and an extremely knowledgeable and fantastic local guide - Jose Luis as well as a driver who was cautious and got us everywhere on time and safely.

Linda Field Feb 05, 2016 at 10:08 AM

When I travel I bring my big fluffy pillow along, so I always use a full size suitcase. I knew I might be over the weight limit, so I brought along extra cash to pay any fees. Our tour director explained that the check in & luggage weigh in can vary from group to group. Sometimes they weigh both the checked bag & the carry one, sometimes only the checked bag. Sometimes they really watch the weight of individual bags, sometimes they seem to do an overall weight of the group's bags. They must have been doing the latter for our group, because my bag was slightly over the limit, but I was not charged for the extra weight. HOWEVER, I did see someone in a nearby line paying the clerk. Most of the people in our group had regular check in bags & a regulation size carry on bag. We flew 737s both ways, so the overhead compartments were big enough to handle the carry ons. I brought back 2 bottles of rum & a bottle of guava liqueur in my checked luggage & would suggest investing in the reusable wine-bottle-shaped bubble wrap bags sold in many liquor stores. I bought them & they worked really well. The bottle of liqueur leaked a little, but the liquid stayed sealed in the bag & didn't get any of my other belongings wet.

Linda Field Feb 05, 2016 at 09:55 AM

While on the Jan. 15-30 Inside Cuba trip 3 members of our group of 23 experienced some medical issues. One had a fever & chills on the first full day of the trip, so I think that was picked up in the States. One had a really bad head cold almost at the end of the trip. And the third got food poisoning. In each case a doctor was called to the hotel & each person received excellent treatment & was able to rejoin the group after a day of rest. The cost for each 'house call' was around $30-35 CUCs, payable in cash. None of these illnesses spread through our group. We were all VERY diligent about using hand sanitizer. Our tour director had a huge bottle sitting at the entrance to our bus & reminded us to keep using it. We all also carried our own small bottles of hand sanitizer gel or Wet Ones wipes & used them frequently. I did not get any vaccines for the trip, but had already done the Hepatitis shots in 2013 for a trip to China. I also draped a hand towel over the faucet in the hotel sink each day so that I didn't accidentally use tap water to either brush my teeth or to rinse my toothbrush.

Pat Kosters Feb 04, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Just talked with my Canadian daughter who travels to Jamaica and Cuba frequently. She suggested taking DUKORAL vaccine to prevent diarrhea (Cholera). This vaccine is not available in US. Anyone taking it or know about this??

Pat Kosters Feb 03, 2016 at 05:54 PM

Anyone going on the In-Depth Island Journey Cuba 17 day trip February 19 - March 6. I'm wondering if there are any other singles going on this trip.
Geri Gottbrath Feb 03, 2016 at 09:37 PM

Yes, Pat, I'm single and will be on this trip. See you there!
Pat Kosters Feb 04, 2016 at 10:42 AM

Just re-checking that you are on the 17 day trip from Feb 19 through March 6...?
Geri Gottbrath Feb 04, 2016 at 10:57 AM

Yes, I'm on the 17 day trip from 2/19-3/6.
Pat Kosters Feb 04, 2016 at 11:20 AM

Fantastic. Had someone else think they were on this particular trip and had the wrong dates. Can't wait to see you there.

Kathy Wilson Feb 02, 2016 at 05:26 PM

I spent 6 weeks last winter in Myanmar and Cambodia living out of a carry-on size roller bag and small backpack...how light is light for the Cuba trip- my first Roads Scholar experience? Do most people take a regular sized suitcase of the size that US airlines would require be checked? Since it sounds like we may need to dress up a bit for evenings I'm wondering how much is optimal. Going on the Feb. 19 trip
John Cubit Feb 02, 2016 at 10:09 PM

I took a large suitcase that I checked in. For a carry on, I took a ThinkTank (photographer's) backpack, plus a satchel-like case for my Ipad that was also big enough for my wallet, passport, other papers, and medicines. There were no connecting flights for the Cuba flights, or my Los Angeles to Miami flight, so I wasn't too worried about detoured check-in luggage. Both the back-pack and Ipad case had straps, leaving my hands free and letting me use the restroom without having to park these things on an unsanitary floor or where they were easily taken by someone else. Throughout the tour I carried the backpack and satchel with me on the bus. The guides and bus driver were very efficient in making sure that our suitcases were transported from our rooms to the bus and on to the rooms at the next place. At each stage we verified our bags were where they should be, but we didn't have to worry about lugging the luggage. All this was arranged by the guides, including doing the proper gratuities. So, you do not have to worry about the suitcase being an impediment while you are on tour. By the way, the tour bus was very modern and secure.
Claudia Isaacoff Feb 03, 2016 at 05:16 PM

I envy you if you can fit everything in a carry on. I might try to do it for this trip, but I have a growing amount of donations I'm bringing. I may check that bag and opt to carry on the rest.
Lynn Geisler Feb 05, 2016 at 10:31 AM

We got everything into our carry ons and backpacks. However, we did check our bags for the charter flight as we had picked up some donations in Florida and the bags were heavy.

Dan Restelli Feb 02, 2016 at 03:57 PM

The program guide mentions that the coffee served with breakfast is "horrible".

Can you order individually made cups of coffee? Do they have hot water for tea? If so, is it safe to drink?

Wife is thinking about bringing a small coffee pot for the room. Is there power available in the room

Claudia Isaacoff Feb 03, 2016 at 01:22 PM

I can't imagine that you would be able to get hot water for tea. If you're worried about the coffe, bring some Starbucks Via. I plan to bring my own teabags as I don't drink coffee.

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15 nights of accommodations
40 meals: 15 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 12 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
16 Field trips
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