We took 3 excursions in Havana. A 4 hr. bus tour of old and new Havana. The buses are clean, a/c and have toilets. The tour guides were excellent. Spoke English that you could understand. We went to the Tropicana club. That was the hi-light of our trip. Beautiful show, 2 hrs. We also took the 4 hr. walking tour. They were all educational and professional. Havana is time stood still.
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Key West is up and running after the hurricanes. You would not know there was any damage. It is business as usual. We took the hop on/hop off trolley. Enjoyed it a lot.
Empress of the Seas
It is a small ship, 1800 passengers, easy to get around. We loved it because it was small and had no problem finding places on the ship. The entertainment was excellent and so was the food. The dress code is all casual. Very comfortable.
We boarded the ship in Tampa. Did not have time to visit, before or after.
Serenade of the Seas
The ship is easy to get around. To me, it is not a very large ship, quite quaint. Has many nice features like the solarium where many people go to read, rest, play cards and just relax. It has a great view of the ocean/land, many plants and a heated pool.