Between their famed Tropicana, cigars and sugar-white beaches, Cuba has become a destination on everyone’s bucket list. Recently, Travel Advisor Vicki Keune returned from the Seaside Silhouettes itinerary with Oceania Cruises. This itinerary took Vicki through the colorful cities and legendary cars of Cuba, the greenery of the Domincan Republic and the beautiful white-sand beaches of the Bahamas.
What did you enjoy most about Oceania Cruises?
I really enjoyed the size of the ship. There were only 688 guests in all. I got to know almost everyone during this 10-day voyage.
Tell us about the cities you visited with this itinerary.
We visited Havana, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba, Punta Cana and Great Stirrup Cay. In Old Havana I was so impressed with its history. The people are so friendly and helpful. They are rebuilding at a very rapid pace to be ready for the opening of their beautiful island. Santiago de Cuba was also very nice, but much smaller than Havana. Not as much to do here. Nassau was beautiful, but keep in mind everything is much more expensive here. You should plan accordingly – especially if you like to shop!
What shore excursions did you go on? Which ones would you recommend?
I did two shore excursions while in Havana. First, I went on “Cuba’s Classic Cars” excursion where we took a ride through the old streets of Havana in our own vintage car. Then, I took an “Old Havana Walking Tour” where we walked through its streets and took in the Cuban culture.
What advice would you give to someone going on a similar trip?
I would advice you to book your excursions well in advance due to Cuba’s restrictions. I would also get involved with the activities. Finally, leave your fancy clothes at home. Aboard Oceania Cruises the atmosphere is relaxed – no need for your heels!
What are 3 things one can expect from Oceania Cruises?
a) Excellent food
b) Quality of service
c) Quality of ship
Did you enjoy any specialty dining on board the ship? What were your favorites?
I thoroughly enjoyed the food at Tuscan Steak House! I highly recommend making reservations to eat there!