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Havana

An Irresistible Charm

When you disembark in Havana during a cruise to the Caribbean, you will be immediately struck by the city’s sensuality.


It’s buildings have sinuous lines, and its colours and spiced aromas are intoxicating. The aroma of the city’s famous cigars floats through the air, beaches of sugary hues smoothly transition into transparent waters of the sea, music accompanies the captivating movements of the Caribbean dances, and cars from a different century create a moving exhibit in the streets of the city centre: sailing with MSC Cruises to Cuba will let you to touch this fascinating world with your own hands.

On your trip, as soon as you disembark from your cruise ship, an excursion will take you on a discovery of the capital, a populous city full of contradictions with over two million inhabitants. One of the must see places to visit is Castillo del Morro: a fortress constructed on a hill in the 16th century that takes its name from one of the Biblical Wise Men. From here, you can reach Vieja Habana (Old Havana), a UNESCO world heritage site, with its Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de la Catedral. Bodeguita del Medio, a locale where personalities such as Ernst Hemingway, Salvador Allende and Pablo Neruda often stopped to sip a mojito, is a must stop. El Capitolio (the Capital Building), one of Cuba’s symbols, stands out in its whiteness from amongst the colorful colonial buildings. Plaza de la Revolución is also of great impact; here the memorial to the national hero José Martí and the Interior Ministry with the famous image of Che Guevara made by Enrique Ávila and inspired by a statue of Alberto Korda, are situated. But, a trip to Havana will also take you beyond squares and buildings. For example, Varadero is considered the most beautiful beach in the world.

Must see places in Havana

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  • HAVANA CITY TOUR

    CITY TOUR
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults44Price per person

      • Children41Price per person

      CUB01

      The captivating charm of Havana’s cityscape awaits the pleasure of your company on this fully guided half-day tour, which begins when you board a coach at the pier. With your friendly tour guide on hand to provide information as you go, you’ll head to your first stop on the other side of Havana harbour: the imposing 16th-century Morro Castle, named after the three biblical Magi. The tour then continues on foot through Havana’s old quarter, taking in four of the city’s most iconic squares: Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de la Catedral. You’ll also get to retrace the footsteps of famous American author, Ernest Hemingway, when you visit one of his favourite haunts, La Bodeguita del Medio. Your sightseeing tour will continue passing Havana’s El Capitolio and catch appealing views of the Museum of the Revolution, the National Museum of Fine Arts, Parque Central and the so-called Great Theatre of Havana. A photo stop is scheduled at Plaza de la Revolución, after which your return to the ship brings the tour to a close. Please note: for MSC Opera calls, this tour is available on:03.12.2016 (am and pm), 04.12.2016 (am and pm), 05.12.2016 (only am), every Saturday (only pm and only for those not embarking in Havana), every Sunday (am and pm) and every Monday (only am). For MSC Armonia calls, this tour is available on 21.11.2016 (am and pm), on 22 & 23 November 2016 (am and pm), on 24.11.2016 (only am). Moreover, on following Tuesday calls, this tour will be available only in the afternoon on: 29.11.2016, 13.12.2016, 10.01.2017, 24.01.2017, 07.02.2017, 21.02.2017 and 07.03.2017; on the remaining Tuesday calls, it will be available am and pm. Also, on all Wednesday calls, the tour will be available am and pm. On 14 & 15 March 2017, the tour will be available only am. Have the precise departure time of the tour on each day reconfirmed during your cruise. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
    • WALKING TOUR OF HAVANA

      CITY TOUR
      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        3 h

      • Adults25Price per person

      • Children22Price per person

      CUB22

      Spend a few hours off the ship stretching your legs and soaking up the vintage charm of Havana’s historical quarter – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – on a leisurely walking tour. Enjoy the old-world ambience as you stroll past Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco and Plaza Vieja before you continue on to Plaza de la Catedral, where you’ll also find the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art. After a look at the fascinating 17th- to 19th-century artefacts on display, you’ll head down Calle Mercaderes, an old merchants’ street now almost fully restored to its former 18th-century glory. Following a final visit to Havana’s ancient arsenal, the tour then wraps up with your return to the ship. Please note: this tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. This tour is available on Sunday and Monday.
    • HAVANA CITY TOUR BY OLD AMERICAN CARS

      CULTURE AND HISTORY
        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          3:30 h

        • Adults92Price per person

        • Children92Price per person

        CUB04

        If bubble-gum colours and classic American car names like Pontiac, Chevrolet and Cadillac float your personal boat, prepare to step off the ship and straight into a celebration of the 1950s on this motorised half-day tour of Havana. Once you’re comfortable in your classic “Yank tank”, you’ll head for your first stop for a refreshing Cuban cocktail. Moving on, you’ll be driven down both the magnificent Malecón boulevard that flanks the sea and the trendy Quinta Avenida in the upmarket Miramar district, a neighbourhood known for its luxury villas and hotels. A stop is scheduled at Plaza de la Revolución for you to take photos and enjoy the surroundings, followed by a tour of Christopher Columbus Cemetery. Established in the late 19th century, the park-like cemetery boasts more than 500 major mausoleums, family vaults, chapels and galleries. As a finishing flourish to the tour, you’ll be taken on a panoramic drive – with information provided by your tour guide – around some of the city’s key sights before you return to your starting point and then the cruise liner.Please note: for MSC Opera guests, this tour is available on 03/04/05 December 2016 and on all Sundays and Mondays. For MSC Armonia guests, this tour is available on 21/22/23/24 November 2016, on every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with the exception of fallowing cruises, when the tour is run only on Wednesday: AX04, AX06, AX10, AX12, AX14, AX16 and AX19.It is also available on 14 and 15 March 2017. This tour is available am and pm; have the precise departure time of the tour on each day reconfirmed during your cruise. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Guides will give information during each stop. Each car has a capacity of max 3 guests.
      • A NIGHT AT THE HABANA CAFÉ

        SOMETHING SPECIAL
        • Tasting included

        • Limited seats

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults76Price per person

        • Children0Price per person

        CUB14

        Styled to create a feel of the 1950s with meticulous attention to detail and a venue for an ever-changing line-up of great performers, the Habana Café – part of Havana’s lovely MeliáCohiba Hotel – whisks visitors back in time in the most becoming way. Your outing begins with a short trip in a coach, naturally accompanied by your friendly tour guide. As you then savour the nostalgic feel of the café and enjoy the show, you can sip your welcoming drink. Best of all, once the show is over, you’ll have a chance to dance to the infectious Cuban music yourself. The short coach transfer back to the port and your ship then brings your tour to a close.Please note: this is a night tour. For MSC Opera guests, this tour is available every Saturday and Sunday. For MSC Armonia guests, this tour is available every Tuesday and Wednesday, with the exception of fallowing cruiseS, when the tour is run only on Wednesday: AX16 and AX19. It is also available on 14.03.2017. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair; children are not allowed to take part in this tour . Aprrox. tour departure 20:30 h.; please have precise time of departure reconfirmed during your cruise. Dress code: for men long trousers and closed shoes; elegant dress for women.
      • THE ONE AND ONLY: TROPICANA CABARET

        SOMETHING SPECIAL
        • Drink included

        • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults120Price per person

        • Children0Price per person

        CUB12B

        Dancing girls, bare skin, spectacular costumes, feathered headgear, Cuban rhythms and tropical surroundings under a velvety night sky await you on this tour to one of the island’s most enduring attractions: the Tropicana Cabaret in the Havana suburb of Marianao. A short transfer by coach, accompanied by your tour guide, begins your outing to what is Cuba’s largest nightclub. Similar in design to the sort of extravaganzas for which Las Vegas is more usually known, the show sees in excess of 200 performers take to the stage to dance and sing to the sound of a live orchestra. And they do it every single night. Your Tropicana experience includes the show itself, a welcome drink and a ¼ bottle of Havana Club rum plus a mixer to keep you refreshed throughout. After the show, your return to the port and your ship brings your night-time jolly to a close. Please note: this is a night tour. The tour departure is at approx. 20.00 h; please have precise time of departure reconfirmed during your cruise. For MSC Opera guests, this tour is available on 02/03/04 December 2016 and on every Saturday and Sunday. For MSC Armonia guests, this tour is available on 21/22/23 November 2016, on every Tuesday and Wednesday, with the exception of fallowing cruises, when the tour is run only on Tuesday: AX04, AX06, AX10, AX12, AX14, AX16 and AX19.It is also available on 14.03.2017. Guests will be assigned seats in zone 2: middle distance from the stage; they are assigned by the local agency directly at the site and cannot be changed on the spot. There is a fee for using video and photo cameras, cell phones, tablets, etc., to be paid directly on the spot in local currency. Depending on weather conditions on the day of call, the show may take place in open air or in a closed theatre.This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.Dress code: for men long trousers and closed shoes; elegant dress for women. Children are not allowed to take part in this tour.

      The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Cruises guests with an idea of the different tours which can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
      Shore excursions programmes and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
       
      Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

      Cuba

      Light-heartedness, Sun and History
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      Sailing with MSC Cruises to the Caribbean will take you on a discovery of – among other jewels of the region -  Cuba, a destination of all-around enjoyment


      Among the many of Caribbean islands that can be visited with MSC Cruises, Cuba is a historical and artistic treasure that can only be admired – from the sea and from the land. Strategically located between the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, this splendid island is caressed by the trade winds and enjoys a tropical climate with humid summers and dry winters.
      Marvellous natural inlets are the sites of its main cities: Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago di Cuba. Saying Cuba calls to mind the white beaches of Varadero and Cayo Largo, crystal-clear waters, and lush vegetation of all shades of green, as well as the bright colours of the buildings, the music, the food and a culture that blends Spanish colonialism with the traditions of African slaves.

      Those who come to Cuba cannot but be enchanted by it. It is no accident that Christopher Columbus exclaimed “The most beautiful land that the human eye has ever seen!” when he landed here. And what about the Nobel prize laureate Ernest Hemingway? He was so fascinated by the island that he decided to move here and spent the next twenty years at his Finca Vigia (lookout house).

      REACH THE PORT

      Port of Havana

      This section contains information on how to reach the port.

      Cruise Terminal:

      Terminal de Cruceros - San Pedro, n. 1 – Avenida del Puerto, Muelle San Francisco, Centro Histórico Habana Vieja – Habana Cuba

      Reach the port by

      • Plane

        The international airport Jose Martí is about a 30 minute taxi ride away from the port of Havana. Should you arrive at Havana’s second airport, Varadero, the taxi ride will take up to 1 hour and 40 minutes. 
          
        There is limited public transport available from either airport, and it is always recommended to take the official Havana taxis rather than the typical vintage cars also available outside both airports. 
          
        This information is subject to change, and passengers are responsible for verifying transport routes before departure.
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