glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Would You Consider Taking One of Carnival's 7-Night Cruises to Cuba From Miami?

By now we have all heard the news that Carnival is starting up 7-night cruises to Cuba in May 2016 from Miami, FL.  The cruises will alternate with cruises going to the Dominican Republic for volunteerism on the company's fathom brand - the  710- passenger Adonia.  It will still operate under the people-to-people travel restrictions.  You will not need a license  in advance of the cruise.  Although no itinerary has been released so far, Carnival is accepting advance reservations accompanied by a $600 deposit. Prices start at $2,990pp.  Some on shore activities will be included. The US Department of the Treasury and Department of Commerce have already approved it.  Carnival is awaiting Cuban Government approval. Would you consider taking Carnival's cruise assuming that the ports of call were satisfactory to you?

Tags: Carnival Miami Carnival Cruise Lines Fathom brand Adonia 7-night Cruises to Cuba FL

10 Answers

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I would want to see the itinerary first.  I would not put down a deposit without knowing where the ship will stop and how many days will be spent in Cuba.  I also feel that the price will decline after there is more competition of ships sailing to Cuba.  So right now I am taking a wait and see attitude, although I am anxious to visit Cuba.  Also I want the people-to-people restrictions lifted.  I think that the embargo might be lifted soon if the US government has approved this venture. 

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

If it were no more than a tour stop, I would consider it (only at normal prices), but to pay that much for the privilege of working, I will not even consider it.

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I do not pay to to work,  wasn't that an indentured servant ?  Also 3K for a one week cruise?   that is steep and then to have to work....... not my idea of a vacation.  In a few years when things relax and open up I would love to see Cuba,  great food, great old cars, great architecture and fantastic beaches with clear water.

CrusinTim
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I agree that the $3000 to cruise AND work is ludicrous!! I would sail to Cuba but maybe in a few years. I don't feel that Cuba is prepared port wise yet for thousands of cruise passengers. I go on a cruise as a vacation and to relax. NOT to work!

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

In our church it would be considered a mission trip, not a vacation. The fathom cruises are service-oriented.

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

I will take a wait and see attitude. 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

From the press releases, it is uncertain that there actually is a work requirement on the cruises to Cuba.  I'm thinking that one activity that the ship may offer will be a volunteer activity on shore.  I think for the most part  the sightseeing will be what the other groups'  land trips have -  talking and interacting  with musicians, dancers, cigar makers, farmers, etc...  There would probably be visits to social, religious and cultural institutions plus UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  

Vantage has a 10 day trip, includes airfare from MIami, hotel stay in Miami, 8 hotel stays in Cuba, many meals but only 3 dinners, full days of People-to-People sightseeing and Cultural Connections. It also includes a lunch with Cuban environmentalists.  Their price is just under $4,000 including thr Cuban Travel Visa.  I do wonder if the Cuban Government gets a cut. The per day cost is $399, higher than every other trip Vantage offers except their one to Machu Pinchu & The Galapagos.   Airfare from certain cities may bring up the cost of those other trips, however.

 

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

No,

As a Canadian, I can travel to Cuba with no real trouble. For the price of this cruise I can get a 7 day golf holiday to Varedaro, with Air and hotel.

I understand what they are trying to do, and maybe in the future will consider a cruise with one stop at Cuba while cruising, but not at the moment.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I can understand - these cruises are costing so much money.  I wonder why?  Is it just because there is little competition especially in America?  Is the Cuban government charging them a high fee to dock here?  I'd love to know the answer.  I, too, will wait until the cost comes down.  I want a traditional cruise experience not something that just the Cuban Government wants me to see. 

 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

 

I agree.  I do wonder how the advance bookings are going.  I have a friend who works for Carnival.  I have to inquire when I see her.  She told me that Carnival was going to Cuba before it was announced by the media.

 

 

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