Destinations & Shore Excursions

Cuba holds the trophy when it comes to cigars, so for for those interested in learning more on the given subject, here comes a light hearted review on Havana’s growing cigar tourism. Featuring tours and tales of cigar factories, tobacco fields, mogotes and drying sheds. And not a bare thigh in sight!
But first, how about a quote from George Burns to kick us off..
“Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, a good cigar and a good woman – or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle.”
Crack open the humidor and let’s get the party started!

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A big part of the cruise experience is enjoying your time ashore, discovering and learning more about the destinations and the ports of call. During my time at the wharf welcoming passengers to Iceland and dispatching the tours (and often guiding them), I have enjoyed many conversations with cruise passengers who have often told me that the cruise itinerary and ports of call played a major part in their cruise vacation choice. Cruise lines and their appointed tour operators do their utmost to bring destinations to life through interesting and safe shore excursion offerings. Read on for my top tips in getting the most out of your shore excursions and enjoying your precious time ashore.

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Welcome to the first in a series of posts on my recent trip to Havana. Tonight the shore excursion spotlight falls on the legendary Tropicana nightclub. A flamboyant, 1950s-style kitsch extravaganza that does exactly what is says on the tin and delivers a fantastic, fun night out. The show is a non-stop singing and dancing bonanza, awash with quivering tail feathers, sparkling sequins and precariously placed ginormous headdresses. Read on to hear about my night out at Havana’s legendary Topicana, located somewhere fabulous, between fantasy and fiction.

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A big part of the cruise experience is exploring the fantastic ports of call that your ship is destined to visit. In the past, shore excursions were almost always operated via the cruise lines, however today, thanks to the ease and access of the World Wide Web, many passengers are opting to purchase their tours independently. The debate continues as to which option is actually best – cruise line or on-line. Should passengers be genuinely concerned about purchasing tours from an on-line tour operator? Or are cruise lines forcing their guests in this direction by charging too much? Read on and judge for yourself.

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Cuba, namely Havana, is one hot destination at the moment! Over the next few weeks I will be writing a series of posts featuring my recent experiences in the Cuban Capital. Be sure to check back in to read my take on the many tour options available, my restaurant reviews, tips on local cuisine, the night-life, culture and the fun, local transportation options. Havana is one port of call not to miss and I look forward to sharing my colourful and candid reviews with you soon!

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