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Barbara Rice Mar 30, 2015 at 06:54 PM

Were hair dryers provided in the hotel rooms in Cuba? If so, how were they?
Dorothy Jackson Mar 30, 2015 at 08:15 PM

Hair dryers were in the rooms in the Nacional Hotel in Havana; mine worked fine but others said theirs didn't. My group split up into small groups in Cienfuegos to stay in B&Bs, which did NOT provide hair dryers.


Barbara Rice Mar 30, 2015 at 06:53 PM

My husband and I are enrolled for Cuba Today on July 14 - 22. Anyone else here going at that time.


Jacki Annes Mar 30, 2015 at 06:48 PM

oh, yes, i live in san francisco... anyone i know going?


Jacki Annes Mar 30, 2015 at 06:46 PM

I'm on the 5/12/15 Cuba People and Society. Anyone out there on that one? also for the ones who've been... what's the money situation? We have to take cash? how much cash did anyone out there carry? Also-- are cigars allowed out?
Christine Jensen Mar 30, 2015 at 07:42 PM

I am on going on that trip. Yes, I think we have to take cash though I was reading on the US site what is allowed - with the loosening of restrictions credit cards may be allows. Check with your credit card company. And you can bring out $100 USD of alcohol and cigars! :)
Dorothy Jackson Mar 30, 2015 at 08:17 PM

In February this year, we needed cash, which we exchanged for CUCs (Cuban convertible pesos). I wouldn't count on credit cards. Even if they are allowed in May, you'd probably have to go to a bank.


Lawrence Whitaker Mar 30, 2015 at 05:27 PM

How many people are typically
in each group?
Dorothy Jackson Mar 30, 2015 at 08:18 PM

Maximum 24 people, which is what we had.
Paula Galland Mar 30, 2015 at 08:43 PM

As did we.


Ellen Duvall Mar 28, 2015 at 05:54 PM

2 questions: Do the hotels have a room safe or do we need to carry all our money on our person? I see one Caribbean swim opportunity on the way to Havana - how feasible is that, i.e. changing facilities, towels?
Nancy Lui Mar 28, 2015 at 06:18 PM

Yes, the hotels have room safes. The swim opportunity for us was a small beach after lunch where we dipped our feet. Refreshing but probably too cold (February) for a real swim. We didn't need towels. There's a restroom at the restaurant that you could use to change into your swimsuit.
Kathryn Bowers Mar 29, 2015 at 12:51 AM

You don't swim. You do 'tropical fish research.' Canadians can swim, but Americans aren't allowed to do anything that might make it look like you're on vacation. LOL
Kathryn Bowers Mar 29, 2015 at 12:52 AM

I should add that many of us engaged in 'tropical fish research,' though we didn't see any fish. The water was very nice in March, so do take your swimsuits.
Ellen Duvall Mar 29, 2015 at 04:16 PM

Maybe a snorkel mask would improve the fish research. Thanks for the perspectives!


Kira Dirlik Mar 28, 2015 at 09:00 AM

I thought the food was great, and most was buffet style, so you could take whatever quantity you needed (except for one place where I just sent it back and asked for just "mitad" of everything.
The worst part was when our bus inadvertedly hit a dog... could happen anywhere. I never encountered a toilet that didn't have a seat, but maybe I just needed a toilet less frequently than those who mentioned that.
It was a wonderful trip.
Deirdre Mc Kee Mar 28, 2015 at 09:42 AM

Our tri; did not have buffets except for breakfast. And breakfast was great!! Hitting a dog would certainly have been the low point in any trip I took. I did enjoy the trip, but it was the first time I'd ever traveled with a tour group, though I have travelled extensively. I think that was the real problem.
Cindy Jennings Mar 28, 2015 at 10:38 AM

I liked the array of food offerings, especially the lobster. You won't find that at McDonalds. The food was a little repetitious at times, but there were lots of things to try. My favorite discovery was the red guava- not easy to find at home. I did miss whole grain breads and oatmeal.
Cindy Jennings Mar 28, 2015 at 10:41 AM

Many foreign countries require TP to go in a basket instead of the toilet bowl. The sweet older ladies that often helped with toilets (flushing with bucket of water) were interesting and we were happy to give them a few coins.
Cindy Jennings Mar 28, 2015 at 10:43 AM

All in all it was an eye-opening, mind-boggling, delightful trip. I think about it everyday and will plan to go back- perhaps about the time Raul leaves office!


Deirdre Mc Kee Mar 27, 2015 at 07:16 PM

And therefore one only sees part of Cuba. Also there is too much food and it ain't great food. But I am very glad I went before McDonald's arrives.
Barbara R Carter Mar 28, 2015 at 07:59 PM

Every meal I had in Cuba was very good. Unfortunately, like most countries, they prepare food for tourists...I would prefer their cuisine to tourist food!


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