Note: Havana Day 1 is not available for passengers who embark in Havana.
Havana - Day 1
Morning: “The Real Taste of Havana” tour
Old Havana and its fortifications are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Join us on this tour to experience the majesty of colonial Havana. We begin with a walking tour of the historical center of Old Havana (“Habana Vieja”), where we’ll see the Arms Square, the Royal Forces Castle, Saint Fransis of Assisi Square, the Cathedral Square and the Old Square. We’ll visit a graphics workshop, and see local artists at work – you’ll also have a chance to interact with them. Afterwards you can either return to the ship for lunch or discover one of the many private restaurants (“paladares”) in Old Havana.
Afternoon: “More of Authentic Havana” tour
We begin our afternoon with a guided bus tour through the 19th and 20th century transformation of Havana into its modern iteration. We will pass by “Paseo del Prado” (the Promenade), the Grande Teatro de Havana and the Capital Building. We will visit the Plaza de la Revolucion, where May Day political marches and Papal masses have taken place. There’ll be time to take photos at the Jose Marti Memorial and at the National Library.
We’ll see the famed escalinata (stairway) and the Alma Mater statue at the University of Havana, La Rampa entertainment zone, the Coppelia ice cream parlor and the Habana Libre Hotel (formerly Havana Hilton) and the famed Nacional Hotel. You’ll also have a chance to purchase authentic Cuban souvenirs and gifts from self-employed artists, craftsmen and vendors at San Jose Market.
The evening is left open for you to experience Havana’s famous night life. Return to the ship for dinner, or sample more of the high quality restaurant scene in Habana Vieja, Centro and Vedado. Book one of our optional evening excursions* to Havana's finest shows such as the electrifying performance of Opera de la Calle (Opera of the Streets), the nostalgic 50's style Buena Vista Social Club show, or the iconic Tropicana Cabaret show.
*Book your evening excursions at the Shorex desk on deck 5 at an additional cost.
Havana - Day 2
Afternoon: "More of Real Havana" tour
After lunch, take some time to familiarize yourself with the modern history of Cuba at the Museum of the Revolution, housed in the former Presidential Palace, or to see impressive classical and modern works at the Museum of Fine Arts just across the street. Finish your Havana Adventure with an independent stroll along the cobblestone streets of the old city.