21303
Cuba
A Caribbean Voyage to Cuba
Discover the people and culture of Cuba on a round-trip voyage from Jamaica. Learn about traditions and daily life during onboard lectures, performances and meetings with locals.
Rating (4.9)
Program No. 21303RJ
Length
8 days
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3,495
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4.9 Average
Ralph
(5)
If anyone out there is worried or afraid to travel to Cuba don't be. Road Scholars will take care of every logistical detail, your safety is paramount, and the people of Cuba couldn't have been more friendly or welcoming.
Irene
(5)
This was my first trip with Road Scholar and, based on this experience, I will certainly book again with RS. The trip was well planned and organized, informative, diverse relative to activities, and reasonably priced. The experience was enjoyable from start to finish. 5 stars!
Diane
(5)
The quality of the education provided on my Road Scholar trip to Cuba exceeded my expectations. The quality of the onboard lectures was excellent. The onsite trips gave me a glimpse of what life on Cuba is like. I connected easily with my travel mates. Wonderful on all counts!
Connie
(5)
A well-paced, comprehensive overview of Cuba.
Joel
(5)
Comprehensive and well organized. A wonderful experience with like-minded adults!
Mary
(5)
Our trip to Cuba with Road Scholar was a truly enriching experience. We learned so much about the history and culture of Cuba and the USA's unique relationship with it. Any American could benefit by learning more about this special country and connecting with its very engaging people. And Road Scholar did all the work of organizing and caring for our comforts during the visit.
Sue
(5)
Wonderful trip, what an eye opener. Returned with a much different opinion of Cuba than what I had before. As part of the road scholar group was able to see much more than the standard tour group. We learned so much. And were treated as first class guests at all stops including on board. And met the most wonderful group of fellow travelers.
Tai
This reviewer did not give a star rating.
Fabulous trip by experiencing Cuba frozen in the 1960s. Warm people with pride and hope for the future after Raoul Castro leaves office in 2018. Cuba's recent history is so similar to that of China. Hence, a similar path to improve the quality of life is possible, but only if the USA offers economic and political assistance. Hopefully, the next Democratic administration will do so before it is too late.
Chris
(5)
Do you want to know about the Real Cuba? Then sign up for one of the Road Scholar Cuba programs. It was wipe away your preconceptions and the myths that often surround Cuba here in the US. Learn about the people,their beautiful country and the hardships they still face in daily life. Best of all meet the warm and welcoming people of Cuba.
Carroll
(5)
This was a great way to see and experience Cuba for the first time. I hope Road Scholar continues offering this particular program.
Rebecca
(5)
This Road Scholar trip provided the ease of ship travel and the fun of 3 ports in Cuba that allowed us to interact with a wide variety of different Cubans. Their welcome was warm, with great music and artistic talent at every turn. We enjoyed the trip!!
Marynell
(5)
This was a well-organized, delightful experience! I am so thankful I had the experience to take a cruise (my first!), see an unfamiliar place, and meet wonderful travelers all at the same time. I traveled solo so I was concerned about making friends in the group, but I shouldn't have worried. Everyone was friendly, eager to meet new people, and fun to be with. I love studying history and seeing architecture which reflects that history. This was a superb experience!
Nancy
(5)
This was an inspiring and educational trip that was also lots of fun. Met all my expectations and more. I highly recommend it!
Robert
(5)
Cuba and its people are misunderstood by many. They are friendly and interested in visitors. Their cities are the safest in the world. Go visit!
Karel
(5)
Look behind the unpainted ornate buildings and old cars. Read about the history of Cuba. Its importance of shipping since Christopher Columbus, the Revolution and learn about and experience its people.
Charles
(5)
If you are looking for a genuine educational, cultural, informative and entertaining Cuba experience the Road Scholar programs for Cuba are amazing.
Kathleen
(5)
Please do not be afraid to go to Cuba. We had a wonderful trip and would highly recommend this trip to all.
Mary
(5)
Great trip for 1st time visitor's to Cuba. I learned a lot about the people, the culture and the community.
Gerald
(5)
A very good trip with excellent boat experience making it, in my opinion, better that just a land tour only.The tour manager and the local guides were good to excellent.
Gwen
(5)
Visit the country you've heard all about but never had the opportunity to experience. Using your floating hotel, experience the culture of the island's unique regions. The small ship is delightful and offers wonderful activities you won't be able to avoid.
Phil
(4)
Cuba was a beautiful place, filled with friendly and curious locals, beautiful scenery and a bewildering variety of cars and buildings. It is a study in contrasts of many kinds and should not be missed. There is no other place, particularly for Americans, like Cuba. If you want to be challenged, impressed and amazed, visit Cuba with Road Scholar.
Paul
(5)
Julie was an outstanding tour guide - informative, friendly, and flexible
Maralyn
(5)
This trip was ideal for me, a woman traveling alone and wishing to expand my horizons. The shipboard accommodations were clean and comfortable, and I was safe while ashore in a foreign country.
Timothy
(5)
If you've every considered a trip to Cuba, using the Road Scholar approach will not only satisfy you, but, as in my case, surprise you with how the program exceeds your expectations.
Patricia
(5)
This program is amazing! You see the sights of Cuba without packing or unpacking during the entire week. The shows on the ship add to the experience since they feature local talent. The people to people experiences truly allow you to understand the country.
Herbert
(5)
This has been a first rate educational experience combining combining interesting interpersonal experiences with a fascinating inside look at a society which has been cloaked in considerable mystery.
Elizabeth
(5)
The Cuba trip is eye-opening, entertaining, and very educational
Margot
(5)
Our Caribbean Cruise to Cuba was all that we had hoped for. We learned so much that we had not been aware of in terms of this country. The beauty of the country and the Cuban people's welcoming willingness to share their culture with us added so much to the experience. Beverly was the perfect group leader and Lian was a wonderful Cuban tour guide. It was a "bucket list" trip that met and/or exceeded all our expectations.
Brent
(5)
Road Scholar is amazing, and I wish to travel on a program with them again.
Mary
(5)
Trying to use your website during enrollment was a nightmare ... until I finally tried switching from Firefox to IE. You should have an advisory on the site; especially since no one every called me back from you help line as I approached to deadline for completing certain forms.
Catherine
(4)
Easy way to see Cuba. Nice mix of historical, political and cultural sights/experiences. Ship is relatively small, only swimming pool is in the middle of a dining area. But in good shape, and crew is very nice.
Stuart
(5)
If you want to visit Cuba, this is the only way to do it.
Judy
(5)
This is a wonderful trip and I would recommend to anyone interested in Cuba. The guide is well-informed and interesting. We thoroughly enjoyed!
AnnieScott
(5)
What a wonderful experience to be with like-minded travelers led by an exceedingly competent tour director to a fascinating new place on an exceptional ship. We loved the Cuba Cruise, and will definitely look for another Road Scholar trip in the near future.
Frederick
(5)
This was my fist cruise and the Celestyal Crystal was a great cruise ship. The program on the ground and our freedom to interact with Cubans exceeded my expectations.
Nancy
(5)
This was a wonderful insightful trip. I now plan to explore other trips done by Road Scholars.
Beverly
(5)
We just returned from the 8-day Caribbean Voyage to Cuba with 5 of our friends. All 7 of us were thrilled with every aspect of the journey: the educational and cultural experience; our group leader, instructors, and participants; our cabins with balconies; the meals; and our many excursions. I was amazed at the wonderful education experiences available to the Cuban people. I was particularly impressed with the quality of the two a cappella choirs who performed for us.
Denzil
(5)
The Cuban program and experience was excellent. The staff were informative, knowledgeable and charming. The leaders were flexible, kind and helpful. I highly recommend this program as one method of learning more about our wonderful Cuban neighbors. Denzil Edge
Eileen
(5)
If you are looking for a week long overview and introduction to the culture, history and economic conditions of Cuba, while sailing on a ship and docking at key ports then this is the program for you.
Susan
(5)
My Cuban experience with Road Scholar was beyond any expectation I could have had. It opened my heart and fed my brain! Our group leader, Beverly Citron, was exceptional. She created an experience that was magnificent and memorable. Road Scholar is "top draw"!!
Johanna
(5)
The best way to enjoy Cuba! The program leaders and excursions bring you the local Cuban experience, not just the tourist spots. The ship offers convenience of not having to pack and unpack. And onboard lectures, demonstrations and hands on activities supplement your trip. Well done, Road Scholar.
Diane
(5)
By circling the entire island, spending time in historically significant places, I was given a comprehensive overview of Cuba's history, it's people, it's beauty and rich, unique culture.
Jack
(5)
Had a most enjoyable time seeing and learning about Cuba. The program was organized and informative. Would do another adventure with Road Scholar.
Sandra
(5)
Take advantage of this trip to Cuba before it changes irrevocably. See the old 50s Cuba and her fabulous and diverse architecture - not to be missed.
Jc
(5)
The experience in Cuba is remarkable and well worth the time and cost.
Marcia
(5)
We just experienced our first Road Scholar adventure, a cruise around Cuba with stops in three cities. It was an excellent learning experience and cultural exchange, well-planned and expertly guided. We felt valued as members of the group and were pleased with the planning and execution of the program. We now understand why so many people rave about Road Scholar!
Theresa
(4)
Cruising around Cuba is a great way to get a taste of Cuban life and enjoy a cruise experience. I look forward to re-visiting Cuba to see and learn more.
Joan
(4)
Visiting Cuba with Road Scholar's superb group leader was a timely way to understanding this important country's culture and the potential for future US/Cuban interactions.
Nancy
(5)
The Cuba cruise was extremely interesting and fun. I learned so much and enjoyed each new experience. Cuba is so different from what I expected. The people were gracious, happy, enthusiastic and welcoming.
Jerilynn
(5)
Thank you Road Scholar Staff for planning a wonderful introduction to Cuba today. My previous knowledge was from people who felt they had to leave Cuba more than fifty years ago. I learned from qualified professors, tour guides and from talking to Cuban people from different parts of Cuba who work in different kinds of jobs. I could see how the Cuban people have come together to meet the challenges of the past and to prepare for a brighter future.
Thomas
(5)
The Cruise to Cuba program is enjoyable and allows one a glimpse of the country. Although rated moderate activity, it can still be appropriate for seniors capable of some sustained walking, even though slow with or without a cane.
Lawrence
(5)
The Cruise to Cuba program was a wonderful opportunity to learn from the people of Cuba their history and the hope for the future. As an American I learned that the people of Cuba are warm and happy people just like some of us. The trip was planned and executed with expertise of a flexible group leader. The ship was small but had everything one would want in a cruise ship, although the food could have been better. The cruise ship staff was always curious and helpful. I highly recommend this trip.
Dennis
(4)
Great country to visit; safe, people are friendly with a joy of life. County is in transition-go before it changes and becomes just another tourist destination.
Judy
(4)
I found it difficult to initially book the trip and received misinformation about which tours were available. Technically, I think RS website needs updating. Transfers to and from airport are not included in the cost of the tour, as it is with most tours. For those who love cruising, this is a good way to see some of Cuba. Personally, I felt traveling by ship limited the time available on land. The ship itself is fine and staff helpful. Ship, however, is smallish and rocky in Caribbean waters. The Cuban guides were very knowledgeable and professional in their presentations and information sharing. And I met many interesting and warm RS participants.
Forrest
(5)
I find your website to be cluttered and not very well presented. I also was not impressed with the administration of the Road Scholar program. More than once it was not responsive to my inquiry.
Stewart
(5)
If you want to visit Cuba this program is a great way to see it in a short time and the Ship was excellent. To and from the airport while a short distance may take up to 45 minutes because of traffic so plan accordingly.
Phyllis
(5)
I wish this trip was longer. we met many wonderful, warm Cuban people, as well as interesting and enjoyable fellow travelers. Learned all info listed in following posting and more. Tour leader Heidi was knowledgeable and intuitive. I couldn't have asked for a better tour. Time now to write to all government representatives to drop embargo on medicines immediately. The rest can follow in time.
Alice
This reviewer did not give a star rating.
I recommend the trip. You learn a great deal about Cuba and will find that many things you thought about it are quite the opposite. Cuba has 100% free healthcare with a lower infant mortality than we do, a surplus of doctors so they lend 20,000 a year to 3rd world countries, (even free sex-change operations), free education, 99%+ literacy with an average class size of 12, guaranteed housing for all (it may be 2 rooms for a family of 8 but no one is homeless), freedom of religion, guaranteed jobs for all (though it might be sweeping the the street), guaranteed minimum rice&beans ration books so you might be hungry but you won't starve, pensions for the disabled and anyone over 65, the old cars are beautiful.... But they also have a North Korean embassy and North Korean buses, no free press - (and it is not just censored, the constitution says only the government is allowed to print newspapers & magazines), restricted travel, no free speech (some speech will put you in prison), you can't start most kinds of business, you can't buy stuff and resell it at higher price (that would count as a business), it is really hard to move since the government owns all housing, buildings are falling apart with no maintenance in 50 years, sewage pipes for some big buildings just empty into the basement, so few cars that hitchhiking is an official form of transportation (the government rewards some drivers), it is hard to find the ordinary things you need to buy, and you will be in line allot. If you compare Cuba to the US, it is poor. If you compare it to other nearby islands like Jamaica or Haiti, it is a paradise. The ship is a little dated but the food was good and the entertainment was superior.
Loren
(5)
If you want to see Cuba and what's going on there and you don't need an in depth study and you're not backpacking, rough-it type, then this trip is for you. A clean, comfortable ship that is your hotel--unpack once and let the "hotel" take you around the island. Spend your time seeing things instead of packing and unpacking suitcases and setting them out in a hotel hallway every morning for that day's bus ride. The ship has good meals with good variety, comfortable accommodations, and a great itinerary that lets you see four very different ports in Cuba without hours of sitting on North Korean-made buses rumbling over crumbling roads. If you are past the hikers' version of travel, don't want to stay in Soviet-era hotels, like water you can drink and electricity that's dependable, then forget overland trips to Cuba and take this one.





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