Lots of lovely old buildings to look at. Some great little cafes and restaurants to experience... read more
Hi. We also did a two day through NCL. We arrived in the morning. Tip regarding that. When they announce to you where to get your "number" for debarkation, be sure to get in that line about 15 minutes before they hand them... More
Hi. We also did a two day through NCL. We arrived in the morning. Tip regarding that. When they announce to you where to get your "number" for debarkation, be sure to get in that line about 15 minutes before they hand them out. We left by group number. Getting 1 or 2 gets you off quicker. We also did not book through the ship, so if they tell you for example to wait where all those who did book an trip with them, just hang out where they debark instead as you will avoid the cattle call when leaving the area where all those who booked hang. We did a 6 hour car tour with a very well reviewed guide in his 65 I believe it was, Chevrolet, all original. He was outstanding. His name is Fabio. He and his dad run Havana vintage car tours. Best of the best. He does shorter tours as well. Having 6 hours gave us a lot of time to see all of Havana and get a history lesson you never learned in school. That is how we spent day 1. After all day in the sun and all the sights, we were done for that day and hung out on the ship after the tour. The next and last day which is shorter of course, was spent in the square right out front of where the ship docks. You can't miss it. You go through these nicely shaded gates that lead to a turn of either left or right. Go right, that takes you into Plaza Vieja where there are so many interesting buildings and people milling about. Locals and tourists. Great way to spend a couple hours without having to taxi anywhere. We felt we saw everything else well enough in the 6 hours we drove around. We did stop at the Hotel National for drinks mid tour. That ate up some time but that is a must see. That is how we spend our 2 days in Havana and we felt we saw everything we wanted. If you book with this guy, he will take you to a few other places well worth going to see. He will ask what you want to see. Just tell him you leave it to him as he knows what is best. If you book, tell Fabio when you see him that this advice came from the couple who have the wild property in California where the bears and mountain lions are common. He will understand. He is a great guy and you can't go wrong if you book with his dad. Just mention you want to make sure Fabio is your guide. Oh, and if the ship says you're off by 8? Take it with a grain of salt. We got off at 9:30 due to it being first time for them in Cuba. If you are taking the NCL, they will probably have it worked out by the time you travel. You will love it. It does get really hot and you are exposed to the suns intense rays, so take that into consideration. Have a great trip.