Cuba’s climate can be hot all year round, but in order to avoid the possibility of heavy downpours, consider booking a Cuba cruise during the dry season from November to April. Alternatively, the rainy season can be cheaper.
Cuba can be very busy during the traditional holiday season around December and January, and visiting in February or March can avoid the festive holiday rush.
The capital, Havana, is a bustling city and commercial center, and home to over two million people. Havana's port is the country’s largest, while others are Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.
Strolling through the streets of Havana, it will seem almost as if time stands still with its many colonial-era buildings and classic American cars. The old city’s Plaza de la Catedral is one of the country’s most famous architectural landmarks, and the National Museum of Fine Arts has a world-class selection of Cuban and international art. There are plenty of beaches, including Playa Los Flamencos, Punta Francés, Playa de Tortuga, Cayo Coco and Cayo Levisa, which all make for a fun day trip.
Popular shore excursions include an evening at the Cabaret Parisien in Havana, with its colorful and vibrant show full of dance and costumes. Visitors to the house of American novelist Ernest Hemingway a few miles out of town will find it incredibly well preserved in its original 1930’s appearance. The house also his yacht, which is dry docked in the area that used to be the tennis courts. Don’t miss a chance to walk through Revolution Square, the site of mass political rallies. It’s easy to recall the spirit of Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution in this somewhat daunting example of Soviet-style architecture.
Among the many cruise lines visiting Cuba are Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, which recently launched cruises to Cuba, and the fun-loving Carnival Cruises.
Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas is a popular option, with this modestly sized vessel departing from Miami. Noted for its onboard entertainment including dancers and comedians, it attracts fun-seeking crowd.
Alternatively, there is the Norwegian Sun, which sets off from Port Canaveral for Havana on a four-night trip which could appeal to seasoned cruisers who want to check Cuba off their list.
A luxurious Cuban cruise option is the Holland America’s Veendam, which travels on an epic 21 night cruise through Cuba in the summer, which is perfect for those with more refined tastes.