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HAVANA, CUBA EDITION

AUGUST 9-13, 2018

 

Join Travel Revolution as we set sail from August 9th-13th, 2018 to Havana, Cuba departing Tampa, FL on the newly renovated Carnival Paradise. The Carnival Paradise comes packed with the latest and greatest ship features. The Carnival Paradise features new amenities including the Pizza Pirate, Lidos Restaurant, Swirls, Seaday brunch, Mongolian Wok, Seaside Theatre, Guy's Burger Joint, the Blue Iguana Cantina, Red Frog Rum Bar, 24 hour room service, duty free shops and so much more....... 

On Board Activities,  

Include the Adults Only Serenity Retreat, Punchliner Comedy Club, Hasbro the Gameshow, Stage shows, pools, Mega Deck Parties, Live Music, Karaoke, Twister Waterslide, Fitness Center, Casino, Mini Golf, a water works aqua park and much more.....

Excursion

Join us as we tour the best sites in Old Havana, Colonial Havana, its four oldest squares, the Capitol building and more. We will start off with a walking tour then stop for lunch at one of the best authentic restaurants in Havana. There will be several opportunities to purchase rum and Cuban cigars while on the tour. After lunch we will be transported in classic convertible cars around Revolution Square, the seawall, and other highlights of the city before returning back to the port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cruise Dates

AUGUST 9TH-13TH,  2018

DEPARTURE PORT:                TAMPA, FL

                         CRUISE SHIP:                   CARNIVAL PARADISE

 

 

4 DAY CRUISE ITINERARY:

  • THURS                  TAMPA, FL (DEPART)                                     4:00 PM

  • FRI                          HAVANA, CUBA                                            11:30 AM

  • SAT                         HAVANA, CUBA                                            DEPART 12:00 PM

  • SUN                        FUN DAY AT SEA                          

  • MON                      TAMPA, FL                                                    8:00 AM

 

CRUISE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • 4 Nights aboard the Carnival Paradise

  • Accommodations in the cabin of your choice below

  • All meals and non-carbonated drinks on board ship

  • Welcome gift

  • Thursday night all white group dinner/meet and greet

  • Friday People to People excursion in Havana

  • Sunday ship scavenger hunt

  • Cocktail party featuring complimentary specialty drinks

  • All taxes and port charges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accommodations (Prices based on double occupancy)

Interior Cabin

  • Single Occupancy –   $1,500 per room

  • Double Occupancy – $750.00 per person

Ocean View Cabin

  • Single Occupancy -   $1,650.00 per room

  • Double Occupancy -    $825.00 per person

Balcony Cabin

  • Single Occupancy -   $2,200 per person

  • Double Occupancy - $1,100 per person

Payment Schedule:

Deposit Payment of $150 per person due April 9, 2018

2nd Deposit Payment of $300 per person due May 7, 2018

Final balance payment due in full on June 4, 2018

  ITEMS NOT INCLUDED:

  • Gratuities of $12.95 ($51.80 total) per person per day

  • Travel Insurance (let us know if you would like to add the insurance which is through Carnival and we will add it directly to your cruise charges)

  • Meals while in Havana, Cuba

  • Transportation to Tampa,FL

  • Transfers from airport to cruise port

  • Visa fee of $75 per person (Will be paid directly to Carnival during cruise check in process)

TRIP INSURANCE (purchased directly through Carnival):

 Trip insurance is highly recommended. Please review Carnival’s Travel Insurance Policy HERE.

  • Inside Cabin….......      $65 per person

  • Ocean View Cabin…  $79 per per person

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT TRAVELING TO CUBA:

 

There are some special requirements involved in visiting Cuba.

Folks from the U.S. (including U.S. residents who were born in Cuba) and people from other countries can travel to Cuba. There are two ways to become eligible. The first way is to meet one of the twelve categories of eligible travel:

  1. Visiting family in Cuba

  2. Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations

  3. Journalistic activity

  4. Professional research and professional meetings

  5. Educational activities, including People-to-People exchange programs (our planned excursion falls under this category)

  6. Religious activities

  7. Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions

  8. Support for the Cuban people

  9. Humanitarian projects

  10. Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes

  11. Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials

  12. Certain authorized export transactions

  13. You definitely need a passport to visit Cuba.

  14. A valid passport is required for all Cuba cruises… and remember that the passport also has to be valid for six months beyond your cruise to Cuba. Birth certificates, driver’s licenses and passport cards will NOT be accepted. Now might be a good time to renew your passport!

 

The Cuban government requires that all guests have a Cuban visa. Which type you need depends on certain factors, including why you’re traveling to Cuba.

The good news is that, for most guests, the process will be easy. Almost anyone can enter Cuba utilizing a “tourist card” in Spanish. When you cruise with Carnival, you can buy this directly from Carnival for $75 per person. Carnival will automatically add it to your onboard bill.

 

There’s a good chance this card is the one visa you need, but if you were born in Cuba or are traveling for other specific reasons, you’ll need to get your own non-tourist visa from the Cuban government.

PURCHASES

Yes, you can buy stuff in Cuba, but be aware of the restricted businesses.

As of November 9, 2017, all visitors to Cuba are prohibited from engaging in direct financial transactions with certain entities in Cuba.  Otherwise, guests are generally authorized to bring merchandise acquired in Cuba into the United States, for personal use and/or consumption, as accompanied baggage. (That means you can’t bring it back to resell.) While there is no limit to the value of goods that may be brought back from Cuba for personal use, remember that your bags are subject to the normal U.S. customs value limits on duty and tax exemptions for merchandise imported.

MEDICAL FACILITIES

Cuba’s medical facilities are reputable and easily accessible, so don’t worry.

Cuba’s health care system is widely recognized to provide quality care. The Cuban government requires that all visitors pay a small local health insurance fee in case medical services are needed in Cuba. This fee is included in your taxes, fees, and port expenses charged when you book a cruise.

No special vaccinations are required for visiting Cuba.

 

Wheelchair users are welcome in Cuba, but set your expectations.

Accessibility in Cuba can be limited due to infrastructure, which is not as extensive as in other countries. While accessible facilities do exist, visitors using wheelchairs may be limited to the ground floor of buildings, since many buildings do not have elevators.

 

PREPARE TO USE CASH IN CUBA

There are two Cuban currencies: CUP (Cuban Peso) and CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso). Tourists will generally use CUC, while CUP is used by locals. Guests can exchange their money for CUC at the cruise terminal, in hotels, banks and exchange offices (those are known as “CADECAs”). We’d recommend starting the day with enough local currency for the rest of the day.

The U.S. government now allows travelers to use their credit and debit cards in Cuba, though most U.S. banks have not yet worked out the necessary arrangements, so your cards still may not work. (Also, most businesses in Cuba are still cash-only, so keep that in mind.)

You’ll definitely want to check with your card provider to see if your card will work in Cuba. Still, we recommend you bring cash — you can’t rely on a credit card in Cuba.

SAFETY

Always be careful in Cuba (like everywhere else)… but don’t worry.

Think of Havana the same way you would any other travel destination! Here are a few Cuba safety tips:

  • Leave your valuables aboard the ship in your locked stateroom safe.

  • Don’t be flashy — avoid wearing expensive jewelry.

  • Carry only as much cash as you think you’ll need for the day.

  • Be discreet when handling cash in public.

  • Keep your belongings secure and out of sight. 

DEPARTING THE SHIP

When you leave the ship, remember to carry the following:

  • Your passport

  • Your visa

  • Your Carnival “Sail and Sign card” (you’ll get this on the ship)

  • Cash (see notes about converting money)

 

TRAVEL TIPS

  • Don’t count on cell phones or Internet access in Cuba.

  • We can’t say for sure whether your cell phone will work once you get off the ship. Check with your mobile phone provider about coverage in Cuba.

  • Wi-Fi is available aboard the ship, but Internet access is generally not available on land in Cuba.

 

CRUISE TRAVEL POLICY:

  • Making reservations for this package signifies your acceptance of our Terms and Conditions.

  • All of your payments to Cruises and Tours Unlimited and Travel Revolution, LLC are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

  • Reservations must be made in your FULL NAME as it appears on your passport/birth certificate.

  • Each guest must complete a cruise information sheet at the time of your first deposit payment.

  • A valid passport is required .

  • Monthly payments are required to keep your reservations current.

  • You must ensure your roommate, if applicable, is also making timely monthly payments.

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