We as Americans have been restricted from visiting Cuba for tourism except for certain categories of travelers. As restrictions change, we can be armchair travelers to Cuba’s cruise attractions through Canadian writer Barbara Ramsay Orr.
“I’m excited to visit this ‘frozen-in-time’ destination,” Barbara explains. “I have wanted to visit before, but I suspected that a beach vacation or an all-inclusive resort getaway would not give me a real insight into the country and its culture. This cruise is the perfect way to see Cuba – with visits to small ports, shore excursions into the interior, and yet the comfort of the ship at the end of the day.”
Get an inside look at Cuba’s intriguing island ports from our neighbors to the north, the Canadians.
“I have been re-reading Hemingway and brushing up on my history in preparation for our visit. My husband, who is a bit of a car nut, is looking forward to seeing those classic automobiles from the fifties that have long been absent from our streets but are still standard transport in Cuba…”
We sometimes forget that our Canadian neighbors have been vacationing in Cuba for years. Canadian cruise lines are circumnavigates the island of Cuba, showcasing the beautiful nook and crannies of the island. Showcasing the Cuban people and their rich culture.
“Then there is the vintage architecture, the Unesco World Heritage sites, the national parks, the food, the rum, the music – the Salsa!”
The 960-passenger Louis Crystal offers travelers a seven-day cruise that visits six ports of call, exploring the island’s most iconic destinations:
- Santiago de Cuba
- Punta Frances
- Isla de la Juventud
Orr fell in love with cruising on her very first sailing, on the Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1987. Barbara is the vice president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and has been widely published in Canada and the U.S. She is the author of Frommer’s Guide to Niagara, edition 3 and 4, Globe Pequot’s Day Trips from Toronto, and of several iPhone apps, including Falling For Niagara. She lives in the Niagara Peninsula in Canada.
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