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Program #20612RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
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Pat Thompson Dec 12, 2014 at 08:23 AM

Has itinerary for Feb 13 changed from Santiago-Havana to Havana-Santiago with NO overnight stay in Miami at end of trip? RS did not inform me nor is it in the online itinerary but it appears on the website.
Diane Gruver Dec 12, 2014 at 05:38 PM

I'm on the 1/30 trip and fly into Santiago and leave from Havana with an overnight the first night in MIA and upon return, last night in MIA included in the price. Hope this helps, but I'd give them a care to quickly confirm. Enjoy!!
Diane Gruver Dec 12, 2014 at 05:38 PM

...OOPS, ...give them a CALL
Pat Thompson Dec 15, 2014 at 07:34 AM

Look forward to hearing about your trip.

Gladys Gilliland Nov 21, 2014 at 02:27 PM

I converted $100 bills on arrival and also at hotel

Jane Whelihan Nov 21, 2014 at 09:13 AM

We are on the Feb 27 departure. What size US bills are accepted there? Are $50 too large to convert?
Judson Harper Nov 24, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Bring NEW or unworn-looking bills, but they will accept all denominations. I exchanged 100s and 50s, and got change for $100 in $20s. $50s are definitely NOT too large to convert---remember you will lose 13% in the conversion. $100 = 87 CUCs.

Donald Schoengold Nov 20, 2014 at 03:47 AM

I have a question on laundry. We will be in several cities for several days. Is there any place either in the hotel or outside of the hotel that we will be able to get clothes washed.
Virginia Marcotte Nov 20, 2014 at 07:45 AM

I don't remember that there was any other option than rinsing things out in the room when you knew you'd be in that hotel for a few days. Pack as much as you reasonably can and maybe have a plastic bad or two so you could take damp things in you suit case it necessary. It does work ok but not as great as having a laundry room.
John Cubit Nov 20, 2014 at 07:30 PM

I did what Virginia recommends. I brought easy-rinse liquid soap (camping soap) and quick dry clothes, which I hung in front of the A/C vents. Worked ok for me.
Miriam Kelm Nov 21, 2014 at 02:53 PM

I had laundry done at two or three hotels. With good results and pricing was OK Cuts down on what you have to pack...especially for a hot place where you can't wear even a tee shirt more than one day. I always wash out quick dry undies at night. Roll them up in towel. If you go to the lingerie dept. of any store you can ask for a few of the plastic hangers used for display of bras. They are perfect for hanging socks and underwear from. Single layers dry faster. Then if you land in a hotel that has those hangers you can't take off the bar in the closet, it does not matter. Since I take a small bottle of my very concentrated shampoo (Prell) with me, I use the hotel shampoos for laundry. Works just fine.

Gladys Gilliland Nov 17, 2014 at 07:20 PM

Taking pictures or video is not a problem.
Victor Moffett Dec 18, 2014 at 02:05 PM

Just please NEVER point a camera at anyone in uniform. Same as in Mexico.

Susan Jones Nov 17, 2014 at 03:44 PM

We are booked on the January 16th trip. How free are you to take pictures and/or videotape the dance groups etc.?
Miriam Kelm Nov 17, 2014 at 05:23 PM

No problem. We all did it.
John Cubit Nov 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Take all the photos you want. Most venues have big windows. To get the best light, remember to position yourself with the window light to your back. Do this when you first enter the room so you're not disrupting things after the performance begins. The performers appreciate the attention. See some examples here:

Gladys Gilliland Nov 17, 2014 at 02:17 PM

That is "$$ are NOT accepted."

Gladys Gilliland Nov 17, 2014 at 02:16 PM

Yes, $$ are ot accepted. There is an embargo remember. You will get Cuban money (cucs) at the airport or your hotel. $1000 is the upper limit but I would certainly take $800 if you like to pick up art ot small homemade things.
The road Scholar information is pretty much on the money with their info. It is not a PR thing, it is the "fact man". All the things you bring are gathered by your RS leader and given to certain groups as you pass a long. Every thing you do is "person to person" I'd suggest soap, toothpaste, brushes, things of interest to teens such as aret supplies, etc. RS gives you a list of items to bring along for folk. You will hearing a lot of music so what you will buy is CDs if you like their music or want to help them out. You can connect with the internet for about $15 for 10minutes at some hotels, but I'd not plann on using internet unless necessary, no ATM cards, charge cards and only Cuban money. Accomodations are nice, food good, people very friendly and one of the best trips I have taken. DO NOT WORRY! RElax and enjoy.

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