Preparations before Cuba
Basically, Cuba is very pleasant in winter, in fact … but it’s always good to be prepared for a cool night. During the day, 25-30 degrees Celsius can be expected.
It’s officially the dry season in the winter, but the weather is never a guarantee, so it’s better to have a waterproof jacket with you just in case. However, expect mainly sunshine, humidity and warmth.
Have these on you
There is no obligatory shot for Cuba, but ask your local doctor for vaccinations.
Cuban food is basically simple. What you can always expect is a combination of beans and rice, as well as fried bananas, limes, simple meats, simple vegetables.
All the meals on the cruise are included. We will most often dine at local restaurants, giving you a complete picture of Cuban gastronomy.
Since the Western stomach may need a few days to acclimatize, it is recommended to drink plenty of water and high quantity of cheap local rum. Perhaps that is why gentlemen tend to adapt easier to Cuba than ladies.
There is no need to be frightened if your metabolism changes, it does not mean you have eaten something bad, but simply your body is not used to tropical bacteria and other microorganisms. Again, it’s worth pouring meals down with 1-2 shots of rum.
The local currency is Convertibilis Peso (CUC). As of November 2004, foreign currencies are not accepted. Most international credit cards and debit cards are accepted at hotels as long as they are embossed. Electronic credit cards (Maestro, Visa Electron) are not accepted.
It is very important that you cannot use cards from American (US) banks in Cuba. Ask if your bank is okay in Cuba and really make sure it’s embossed.
It is worth exchanging euro cash at home. The Cuban peso can be exchanged at several locations, at the hotel reception and in cadeca exchanges.
You need a Tourist Card (visa), which you can redeem individually at the Cuban Embassy in your country. Purchase requires the presentation of a flight ticket and booking confirmation. More information directly from the embassy.
In addition, a passport that is valid for a minimum of 6 months (relative to the date of departure) is required for entry. When crossing the border, you may be asked to provide proof of sufficient financial resources (min. 70, – USD / person / day). And you might need a valid BBP insurance.
Usually 110V (adapter / converter required), some hotels offer 220V North American type plugs, or best to buy a globally usable travel adapter at home.
Tap water is not potable, so you should always have a bottle of water with you.
Any technical or reservation questions will be forwarded to the tour operator. For any other questions, please contact me.