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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Monday, July 02, 2018, 21:17 (79 days ago)

We are looking for something different for our 20th wedding anv. Playing with vacationstogo.com webb site, they have a 13 day cruise r/t out of Miami, Fl leaving April 2 with 2 stops in Havana, both stops are arriving on Sat and leaving on Sunday. My question is can being Americans, how do we get Cuban Visas to be able to get off the ship. The price is $1,249 for a ocean view.

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by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Monday, July 02, 2018, 21:24 (79 days ago) @ Paulf

It might be easiest to contact the cruise line. They should have all the information you need.

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by Talley Ho @, Monday, July 02, 2018, 21:33 (79 days ago) @ Paulf

We are looking for something different for our 20th wedding anv. Playing with vacationstogo.com webb site, they have a 13 day cruise r/t out of Miami, Fl leaving April 2 with 2 stops in Havana, both stops are arriving on Sat and leaving on Sunday. My question is can being Americans, how do we get Cuban Visas to be able to get off the ship. The price is $1,249 for a ocean view.

Congratulations! We just celebrated 42 years, and discussed Cuba. One of us put our foot down and decided we didn't want to encourage them, and passed. It's a personal decision.

A very personal call.

Again, congratulation on your many happy years!

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, July 03, 2018, 12:11 (79 days ago) @ Talley Ho

We are looking for something different for our 20th wedding anv. Playing with vacationstogo.com webb site, they have a 13 day cruise r/t out of Miami, Fl leaving April 2 with 2 stops in Havana, both stops are arriving on Sat and leaving on Sunday. My question is can being Americans, how do we get Cuban Visas to be able to get off the ship. The price is $1,249 for a ocean view.


Congratulations! We just celebrated 42 years, and discussed Cuba. One of us put our foot down and decided we didn't want to encourage them, and passed. It's a personal decision.

A very personal call.

Again, congratulation on your many happy years!

Encourage who? So when one visits Mexico, Jamaica, Honduras or the USA are they also "encouraging them"?

We dealt with people, not the government. We paid and tipped Cubans, not their government officials. It helps the people make a decent living. The embargo and stereotypes and prejudices are what hurt the people and strengthen the grip of their government. Interaction and contact with the outside world empowers the people.

Go visit Cuba and spend generously!

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Tuesday, July 03, 2018, 15:32 (79 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

On a Cruise, you can only leave the ship if on a tour. They don't won't you on your own.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, July 03, 2018, 17:38 (78 days ago) @ Paulf

On a Cruise, you can only leave the ship if on a tour. They don't won't you on your own.

Well that’s no fun!:smoking:

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Tuesday, July 03, 2018, 20:37 (78 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

My son will disown me if I book this cruise- he is a FBI agent in Chicago. He all ready can't travel to Mexico and tells me not to go to "Z" every year.

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by Susan G @, Zihua/La Ropa, Tuesday, July 03, 2018, 21:23 (78 days ago) @ Paulf

Yup, I feel your pain. A good friend and her husband were planning to visit us in June; when she told her boss at the Dept of Defense, she was not allowed.

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by victorio, Monday, July 02, 2018, 23:47 (79 days ago) @ Paulf

Hola. I, being a Canadian, have been to Cuba may times. Even when I first starting going there over 30 years ago there were Americans there. They entered through Mexico or Canada or the Dominican. The Cubans didn't care. They simply put a visa slip in their passports and when it was time to leave, they just took the visa out. No stamps on the passport. Can't see how it could be any different now. Just show them your US passport when you disembark and it should not be a problem. I don't think that Trump has made any threats against Cuba (yet) to change things

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by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Tuesday, July 03, 2018, 00:54 (79 days ago) @ victorio

A US citizen has to be participating in specific activities to be allowed in. There are tours from the ship that qualify. They are listed on the cruise website. Bottom line is you can’t just go, you have to be doing one so several specific things to qualify.

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by victorio, Tuesday, July 03, 2018, 00:58 (79 days ago) @ Timmac

Hola. That may be the official USA policy for people to go to Cuba, it is not the Cuban policy. Many ways around the USA policy.

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Tuesday, July 03, 2018, 06:32 (79 days ago) @ victorio

It's my understanding that several US airlines already fly to Cuba.

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by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Tuesday, July 03, 2018, 07:37 (79 days ago) @ frostbite

Some of the airlines that had started cCuba service have now discontinued it. I know that Alaska's flights are no more.
Of ourse there are always work arounds to get to Cuba that have been around forever. But the OP was talking about a cruise that originated from a US port. Here is a link to the State Department site wit the current information.Cuba travel

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by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Tuesday, July 03, 2018, 07:49 (79 days ago) @ Timmac

Interjet goes to Havana from multiple cities in MX - Cancun, Merida, Mexico City. They also have flights to Havana that originate in Miami. It's not cruising but you can have a fine time in Miami Beach on either end of the trip.

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by mexicoman @, Mérida, Yucatán, Tuesday, July 03, 2018, 07:55 (79 days ago) @ mexicoman

What about traveling through Canada or Mexico to get away with independent stays in Cuba?
Gutsy American travelers have long illegally traveled to Cuba by way of Mexico and Canada. Because there are no restrictions from the Mexican or Canadian governments regarding travel to the island, Americans can fly in and out of Havana from either destination without an approved reason. Cubajet.com offers round-trip tickets to Havana from several Mexican and Canadian destinations and allows you to book flights with a U.S. credit card. Because Cuba does not restrict Americans from entering the country, your U.S. passport will still be valid upon arrival to the island. However, things can get tricky upon re-entering the U.S., since it is illegal to lie to Customs officers about where you’ve been. If you try to hide your trip to Cuba, you will be violating federal laws and can face serious punishment.

Interjet from MX - US credit cards accepted.

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Tuesday, July 03, 2018, 06:38 (79 days ago) @ Timmac

At the info for the cruise, stated Visa required. I know when Obama opened Cuba a couple of Cruise Lines went. Knowing the history of MSC, I doubt MSC will help. We sailed with them the 2nd year after they started sailing the Caribbean. They had the best itinerary and price. There was one problem, a lot of the Italian officers did not like Americans. When we would go to the formal dining room for dinner, the maitre d would turn his back on any Americans coming in.They took the helper away from our waiter for all our tables. There was a table of 6 Italians in our area- the maitre d helped them be served. First time we went and explained we would not do automatic tips for certain areas. Heard later, the passengers had great service.

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by Mexalberta @, Tuesday, July 03, 2018, 09:05 (79 days ago) @ Paulf

I have met Americans in Cuba. They said Cuba dies not stamp American Passports. They had traveled from Cancun.
Also you have to prove you have sufficient travel insurance or they sell it to you upon entry.This has been in place since 2010, the policy must include medi-vac.

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Tuesday, July 03, 2018, 06:42 (79 days ago) @ Paulf

The other reason of doing something different is Kathie will be 70 in Jan and I will be 75. We still have our 4 weeks in "Z" in Jan & Feb coming up.

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by Malury, Tuesday, July 03, 2018, 10:30 (79 days ago) @ Paulf

If you don't want to deal with a travel agent, which would handle this question for you. Just call the cruise line. If the ship goes some where that requires visas, they offer to get the visas for you, usually for a fee. Since its Cuba travel the ship line has to have approval from the US for the visas. So, call a travel agent to handle the booking for you, it won't cost you any more money, or call the cruise line.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, July 03, 2018, 11:04 (79 days ago) @ Malury

Do you still provide such services? I know we had one of the best vacations of our lives in Cuba thanks to you!!

Malury Travel ROCKS! :jam: :stones:

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Tuesday, July 03, 2018, 11:21 (79 days ago) @ Malury

I am looking at 2 discount cruise sites: 1 I find the discount Cruise and normally book from the other because of travel Points. The site I normally book indicated that the Cruise Line (MSC) offers the Visas at $75.00 ea + the required Insurance. The first site did not mention about Visas being offered.