With No U.S. Cruise Lines Allowed, This Ship Is Now Docked in Havana, Instead

The U.S. government dictated in early June that American citizens were restricted from traveling Cuba unless their reasons fell into very few categories, and following that, changes happened very quickly. Included in those updates were that cruise lines that left out of U.S. ports were forced to end all visits to the island nation effective immediately (I have to admit that they did a good job. Within a few hours to a few days, they all had everything squared away for their passengers, complete with huge apologies and incentives).

And so, with an empty port, the harbor in Old Havana recently began hosting a different ship…

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In Wake of Cuba Restrictions, Cruise Lines Offering Slashed Prices, Huge Compensations

In the wake of the U.S. government’s new restrictions on traveling to Cuba, cruise lines that originated in the U.S. and had ports of call in Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and/or Santiago de Cuba were forced to make sudden, unexpected changes to their respective itineraries.

Different cruise lines are handling the news in different ways…

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My Top Eleven Most Memorable Hotels

I recently started to reminisce about the most memorable hotels where I’ve stayed. They aren’t necessarily the best hotels, the fanciest hotels or the most expensive ones I’ve ever stayed in. Instead, these are the places that left the most distinct memories. I haven’t stayed at some of these places for decades and we just recently visited others. The reasons they’re memorable vary. They could be places where I stayed during a “once in a lifetime” trip or somewhere that was so unique that it was unforgettable. I think you get the picture. It’s not always the fanciest or most expensive or most popular hotel that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Any place could end up being on the list. You just have to find out for yourself what places are special to you.

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Did You Know Flamingos Can Fly? At Least, In Cuba They Do

Well I seen a horse fly 
I seen a dragon fly 
I seen a house fly 

But I’d never seen a flamingo fly. I never even realized that they could. I guess I just thought they were one of the flightless birds, like a penguin.

Now, it was quite the adventure getting to see the flamingo lagoon but it was a trip that I’ll never forget.

This was all part of our trip to Cuba in 2016. We had an itinerary all planned which met the guidelines at the time to support the Cuban people. We spent three nights in Havana and then headed to Trinidad, Playa Giron and finally to Viñales. Unfortunately, on the fourth day of our trip, most all of our group developed severe gastrointestinal distress which made it impossible for us to partake in the planned activities. After spending a day in our room recovering, we felt well enough to travel from Trinidad to Playa Giron.

Our guides, who were very understanding of our condition, tried to come up with alternate activities that were more suited to our fragile state. As a way to break up the drive, they suggested we stop at the flamingo lagoon.

Sharon’s ears perked up immediately. How come she wasn’t alerted of such a location in all of our planning? Of course, we were going!

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I Need To Plan Some Trips ASAP!

It’s the time of the year when we need to decide our travel schedule for the following year. This is a necessary task because my work obligations make me put in for coverage if I want an entire week, or two, away from my job. The good thing about this is it forces Sharon and I to decide where we want to travel, Right now this is especially important because we don’t have any trips planned in 2019. What?!?!?!?! We need to fix that ASAP!

Now, we have “ideas” about what we want to go and when we want to go but it’s a different thing to set a date. It’s helpful because it was at this time last year we finally firmed up dates for our overdue visit New Orleans (where we had a parade to celebrate).

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