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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!

Stanley Conrad Mar 27, 2015 at 07:05 PM

The worst part is the absence of time for exploration on your own. This is an unfortunate result of Road Scholar's having to kowtow to the still-draconian restrictions our govt places on this type of tour. In spite of that, though, it's a wonderful experience.

Joan Engelhaupt Mar 27, 2015 at 05:54 PM

Staying up late (cuz dinner is usually long and served late) and then getting up super early cuz there's so much to do the next morning. But don't focus on what's the worst part--you'll be so glad you went!
Lorna Gerry Mar 27, 2015 at 06:09 PM

Worst part?? It was a wonderful trip that, for me, could only have been better if there had been even more of everything - meeting people and getting to know them even more, enjoying the culture, learning about even more aspects of the lives of cubans, etc. etc. It's a fascinating and wonderful trip on so many levels.
Paula Galland Mar 27, 2015 at 06:24 PM

The only thing that was less than wonderful was the Miama airport arrival. My Homeland Security agent decided to give me a hard time about going to Cuba. Good thing I was not smuggling extra cigars.
Barbara R Carter Mar 28, 2015 at 08:00 PM

I was so relieved when the customs guy said, "Hi...welcome home."

Lynne Geary Mar 27, 2015 at 05:27 PM

What is the worst part of this trip?
Jan Wolfe Mar 27, 2015 at 05:30 PM

Many of the toilets don't have seats.
Barbara R Carter Mar 27, 2015 at 05:44 PM

I would probably agree with Jan Wolfe. The best part for me on my trip there in February was meeting the people...gracious, friendly and so willing to talk with us.
Natalie Maynor Mar 27, 2015 at 06:33 PM

I adored everything about the trip (though mine was not exactly the same trip -- I went in October 2011, and apparently that program has morphed into this slightly longer one).

Beverly Peress Mar 26, 2015 at 03:00 PM

Any singles traveling on the April 28 trip who might want to correspond before the trip?

Lynne Geary Mar 26, 2015 at 02:42 PM

Can you flush toilet paper in Cuba?
Kathryn Bowers Mar 26, 2015 at 02:44 PM

Nope. TP is deposited in a trash can in each stall that is provided for that purpose.
Dorothy Jackson Mar 26, 2015 at 03:02 PM

No toilet seats in public bathrooms either; practice your squatting skills.
Marc Weiss Mar 26, 2015 at 06:06 PM

Hotels no problem - elsewhere often no flushing!
Judith Gutlerner Mar 29, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Restaurants had the best toilets usually. Often there was a lack of water though. Bring hand sanitizers.s

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