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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....


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 ....


Nancy Clark Apr 27, 2015 at 11:24 AM

What is meant by "...110 volt is not reliable?" I'll probably need to re-charge my camera at least once during the trip. If "unreliable" means that some of the 110-volt outlets simply don't work, we can probably find others that do work. Or, does "unreliable" mean they provide variable levels of voltage - which could possibly damage our electronics? Please advise. Thanks.
Elizabeth Augustine Apr 27, 2015 at 11:27 AM

My electronics were fine after I directly plugged them into the 110 v. outlets. My room in the Hotel Nacional seemingly had more 110 than 120 outlets.
Jeffrey Hamann Apr 28, 2015 at 05:08 PM

I had no problem with 110 volt.


Marianne Ham Apr 27, 2015 at 10:17 AM

Information on electric outlets as well as a photo of the adaptor is in the first program info packet. It says that both hotels have 220 and 110 volts but often the 110 volt is not reliable so RS recommends bringing an adaptor. I'm bringing an adaptor although I don't think I'll need it as the hotels have hair dryers and our cell phones don't work in Cuba.
Elizabeth Augustine Apr 27, 2015 at 10:26 AM

I brought an adaptor with me. I used the 110 outlets in the Hotel Nacional, seemingly without harm to my electronics, and used the adaptor at the Melia.


MaryAnn Arabadjis Apr 27, 2015 at 09:59 AM

How did people deal with electrical outlets?


Barb Protass Apr 22, 2015 at 04:22 PM

Elizabeth- Leaving on the 27th People of Cuba tour and your advice was the best sensible helpful advice. Thanks!
Nancy Loomis Apr 22, 2015 at 06:57 PM

Elizabeth your comments answered many of the questions that have been asked. I just returned recently and would agree with most of your comments. I would add that if someone is a shopper there are plently of opportnities and you might want to bring more than the $500 listed in the materials. I am a moderate shopper and ran low on money. I would also encourage people to use bottled water for tooth brushing just to be safe and remember to use it also when you rinse your toothbrush. That is easy to forget. We did have a problem with the safe in our room. We got it closed alright but then could not get it open and had to call security for help several times. For all of you are going on this trip look forward to a great experience. Take part in everything and be flexible and all will be fine.
Nancy Loomis Apr 22, 2015 at 06:59 PM

Forgot to ask you Elizabeth which other trip you took to Cuba
Jeffrey Hamann Apr 28, 2015 at 05:15 PM

We returned from Cuba: Music, Art, and Baseball 2 weeks ago. I am still floating from the amazing experience. My travel com[panion made a picture album and her first page syas it all "Cuba is an enviromental treasure, clean air and natural habitat. And the guys are pretty hot too. p.s. The women are some of the most beautiful on our planet.


Elizabeth Augustine Apr 22, 2015 at 04:03 PM

Just got back last night from my second trip to Cuba with Road Scholar. A few thoughts about recent postings:

> For details on staying healthy and the ins and outs of money in Cuba, I'd recommend following the guidance of your guide.

> I believe that the room safes are as effective as those in US hotels. I would recommend using them for your passport and additional cash. You can always carry a copy of your passport with you.
> It is very hard for regular Cubans to deal with dollar bills. The very high end artists can work with dollars, but for all other spending (including tips), you'll want to exchange to Cuban money (called CUCs, pronounced kooks).
> I found one place where I could have used a credit card; all other transactions are in cash. You can go and spend very little money (most meals include a couple of drinks which can be alcoholic or not ; you may not want to buy any art, souvenirs, or CDs ; and you may choose not to tip). There are a couple of meals on your own and you may have some incidental charges at the hotel. My charge for using their safe was $7.50 for the five nights we were there.
> The exit fee (25 CUC / $30) was waived; we did not have to pay it yesterday.
> When I exchanged money, the cashier at the hotel happily took $50 bills.
> There are street vendors. They will take CUCs but not dollars.
> Cleanliness - a couple of our 90+ year old co-travelers had a day or so of tummy upsets, but recovered quickly. As far as I could tell, no one else on our trip got sick. I did not use the hotel water to brush my teeth (always used bottled water). I did have ice in my drinks and was fine. In other words, I took some precautions but not the most extreme precautions possible with food and water and didn't have a bit of upset.
> I would not recommend wearing high heels in Havana.
> There are drug stores in the hotels but you probably want to bring everything you need with you.

Hope this helps. Liz
Norma Etzler Apr 29, 2015 at 12:08 AM

Liz. How about toiletries: soap, shampoo and toothpaste? We are packing for the May 6 - 14. Thanks, Norma Etzler
Norma Etzler Apr 29, 2015 at 12:08 AM

Liz. How about toiletries: soap, shampoo and toothpaste? We are packing for the May 6 - 14. Thanks, Norma Etzler
Norma Etzler Apr 29, 2015 at 12:08 AM

Liz. How about toiletries: soap, shampoo and toothpaste? We are packing for the May 6 - 14. Thanks, Norma Etzler
Norma Etzler Apr 29, 2015 at 12:09 AM

Liz. How about toiletries: soap, shampoo and toothpaste? We are packing for the May 6 - 14. Thanks, Norma Etzler
Elizabeth Augustine Apr 29, 2015 at 06:56 AM

Norma, I'm not sure what you mean - yes you should bring all those things. The hotel does provide some soap and often shampoo. As gifts, those items could be well received also.


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