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ann tomsho Apr 01, 2015 at 01:33 PM

I see people mention leaving clothes in room - what sizes would work best? small - med - large??
Sydelle Weinberger Apr 01, 2015 at 01:41 PM

I purposely wore old clothes during trip and left in room. Also my old sneakers. I think any size is welcome. I happen to be XL. And size 10 shoe. The maid was appreciative
Lorna Gerry Apr 01, 2015 at 01:42 PM

I think people are leaving the clothes they wore on the trip. My observation was that most Cubans are rather slim. The only large people I saw were tourists. Whatever you decide to leave will be greatly appreciated.

Paula Galland Apr 01, 2015 at 01:02 PM

We negotiated the convertible with the concierge at the Hotel National. We paid $25 for 4 passengers.
ann tomsho Apr 01, 2015 at 01:06 PM

ann tomsho Apr 01, 2015 at 01:07 PM

happy you saw my question. what size clothes for housekeepers would you guess?

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.
Barbara R Carter Mar 31, 2015 at 10:00 AM

I am hoping to go on the May trip. I was in Cuba in Feb, and yes you need to take cash. Probably plan on $100 a day. It seems sensible to have too much than not enough. I think the limit to bring out cigars and rum is higher now. One man had 5 bottles of rum!
Ellen Duvall Mar 31, 2015 at 03:42 PM

Hubby Bob and I are going May 12. I read somewhere to have at least $500 cash for medical emergency, and more based on your shopping expectations. Someone blogged that the hotels do have room safes.
ann tomsho Apr 01, 2015 at 12:39 PM

We are going in 3 days. Last night I went to program here in Boston w/panel v wise about Cuba. No, credit cards do not work yet. Yes, can bring back $100 tobacco/alcohol ($500 overall - get receipts)
ann tomsho Apr 01, 2015 at 08:59 PM

correction $400 overall

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!

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