Cuba is a unique holiday destination. From the days of Spanish colonization to the dawn of the Castro era and the present day it has intrigued, fascinated and surprised those who travel here on vacation. The Cuban love of life, epitomized by colorful carnivals and the vibrant dance rhythms, conceals a desperately low standard of living and a country whose stability is constantly under threat.
Cuba is the largest yet least developed place in the Caribbean Islands. If you enjoy going off the beaten path and exploring then cruise to Cuba is a great way to begin any Caribbean adventure. Wherever you travel on this lovely island the rhythms of Cuba are never far from earshot. The heated debates on topics ranging from politics to baseball, the Spanish guitars and African drums that beat out the rhythms of the salsa, son and rumba, permanently display the passion that is every Cuban's birthright.
Cuba is located just off the coast of Florida, but Americans had long been forbidden to travel there since the Cold War. Still, a Canadian cruise company found a "loophole" in these restrictions, and launched a cruise to Cuba from the Bahamas in year 2000. Cuba Cruise Company's ship M/V La Havana ran three- and four-night sailings.
Today CruiseHavana features legal cruises to Havana, the capital of Cuba for U.S. citizens aboard the West Indies Cruises' Valtur Prima. This cruise to Cuba travel site is a visual, interactive, and informative guide to Caribbean and Cuban cruising. With Havana being a port city, you can take a cruise to Cuba with some of the popular cruise lines like Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Windstar.
Thread a passage through the Panama Canal to the jungles of Belize, to Mayan temples for so long hidden in rainforests that ring with rhythms to rival any in Havana. Though Cuba's capital is a huge city, only one small area is really of interest to tourists: Old Havana. The size of about 1 sq mile, it originally developed around a thriving port in the 17th century. Its narrow streets are full of once-grand buildings, varying in age from the 17th to the start of the 20th century. The majority of the buildings is over-occupied, without any maintenance and has been reduced to crumbling slums.
Day and night, the heart of Old Havana beats with an infectious rhythm. Countless bars and restaurants greet you, the sound of Latin music and the scent of rum drawing you in. Marbled hotels, once all but derelict, once again welcome guests, landmarks like the Nacional where Churchill and Brando would turn up and turn in after puffing on one of Havana's finest. Havana is the strangest possible mix with beautifully restored buildings within yards of ruins and squalor. Once so splendid, now so depressing but still a unique historical gem of the Caribbean Islands.
No matter the controversy behind it or what time of year it is, it's always a perfect time and a perfect opportunity to take a cruise to Cuba.