Select Tours Travel in Cuba

SelecTours Travel
A Land Less Traveled

UNIQUE CUSTOM TOURS

...until now

Reservations:
512-562-0699
877-371-2209
SelecTours Travel

www.selectourstravel.com
PO Box 27432
Austin, TX 78755

A Land Less Traveled
...until now

Presented as an exclusive travel opportunity to Cuba and
the Caribbean Islands of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands
By
SelecTours Travel
Austin, Texas

Hosted by KLBJ Radio Personality

Don Pryor

October 23rd – 30th, 2019
Featuring these Special Visits and Events
8-day luxury Cruise aboard Holland America’s Veendam
Three days visit to the Island and People of Cuba
With stops in Havana and Cienfuegos
One-day visit to the Island of Jamaica at Ochos Rios
One-day visit to the Island of The Cayman’s at Georgetown
And Many Other Exciting and Informative Events along the way
Published: January, 2019
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SelecTours Travel
PO Box 27432
Austin, TX 78755
Reservations: 512-562-0699
877-371-2209
The name “KLBJ” and “Don Pryor” are used herein and in other literature and advertisements
concerning tours organized by SelecTours Travel solely for promotional purposes. “KLBJ” and
“Don Pryor” disclaim all responsibility for the organization of the tour described herein, including,
but not limited to, travel, tour and cruise arrangements. All payments and inquiries are to be
directed to SelecTours Travel (877-371-2209 or 512-562-0699) and associated travel vendors
and cruise lines who assume full responsibility for organizing the tour.
Written by:
Herbert R. Moseley, Tour Manager

Welcome to Cuba!
This tour itinerary brochure is the property of SelecTours Travel of Austin, Texas. Selectours Travel has been a
full member of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and a sales agent for Holland America Cruise Lines
since 1985. This brochure may not be transferred from the custody or control of SelecTours Travel, its agents or
its employees, and may not be reproduced except as authorized by written contract with SelecTours Travel, its
successor or assigns, and only then for limited purposes. Neither this brochure nor the information it contains may
be used or disclosed without the prior written consent of SelecTours Travel.

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You Are Cordially Invited To Join
Fellow Austin Listeners of KLBJ
Austin, Texas

A Land Less Traveled
...until now

An informative and comfortable experience visiting

Havana & Cienfuegos, Cuba
Ochos Rios, Jamaica,
& Georgetown, The Cayman Islands
Featuring these Special Visits and Events:
An 8-day luxury Cruise aboard Holland America’s MS Veendam
Air Transportation from Austin to Ft. Lauderdale and return
Transfers from Ft. Lauderdale Airport to Port
All meals as indicated in this brochure
One extensive tour of Havana
Visits to Cuba, Jamaica and The Cayman Islands
All tips, service charges on-board and visas needed
Trip Medical and Cancellation Insurance in effect upon deposit
And many unusual and unplanned Exciting Events along the way

October 23rd – 30th, 2019
An inclusive price as described in this brochure
SPACE IS LIMITED. TO ENSURE YOUR RESERVATION

Please send the provided tour application along with
a trip deposit of $610.00 per person plus anytime cancellation insurance of $259.00
Trip Insurance covers trip medical and cancellation for any reason and is
effective immediately upon deposit. Payment accepted by major credit card.
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The Tour Hosts

DON PRYOR, PRINCIPAL HOST
Don Pryor is a life-long Austinite who was sitting in front of a microphone before he could even
talk. Being the son of legendary broadcaster Cactus Pryor meant part of his daily routine was
being on his dad’s radio show every morning broadcast live from their living room. Now Don
continues the family tradition with the Todd & Don Show each weekday morning on KLBJ.

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HERBERT MOSELEY, TOUR SPECIALIST
Mr. Moseley has been in the travel industry for more than 45 years first as a pilot for Pam
American Airways and later retail travel agencies. His first purchase of a travel agency in the
Galleria in Houston, Texas was in 1971. Within 5 years, a second agency location was opened
primarily to design and operate special tour programs for the Rice University Alumni Association.
Later, his tour design expertise was turned to fundraising tour programs and for many years
produced money-raising tours for the American Orchid Society, Lady Bird Johnson’s National
Wild Flower Research Center, and the United States Government Department of the Interior for
the 50th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii in 1991.
It is thought that while the average travel agency can certainly provide off-the-shelf popular tours,
only a specialist can design and operate tours that bring much more to the travel experience
than an ordinary public tour.

JOHN MCCARTHY, TOUR SPECIALIST
John McCarthy also began his career as a commercial pilot and later as a VIP security and
celebrity body guard. His special area of expertise for Selectours Travel is way-over-the-edge
adventure travel. His expertise on the ground for white water rafting, blue-water scuba dives,
and treks in back country and especially areas of the world where security is a concern are
invaluable. His eyes sense situational awareness by training and you can be assured that John
is watching out for everyone on our tours.

KERI GOLDEN, TOUR SPECIALIST
Keri Golden started travel planning over 20 years ago for an award winning underwater film
crew that trekked the globe. She is an excellent resource for finding the “best of” whether it’s
boutique, luxury, or just really cool. Custom itinerary experiences include stops at awe-inspiring
natural, historical or cultural locations. The common thread is always the natural world. With
a deep interest in organics and super fresh she specializes in unique chef oriented culinary
adventures & wine tours that are always thoughtful, educational and fun. Adventures lead to
great memories. Learning and improving on how to use your camera to capture images of your
travel becomes an ongoing part of the travel experience.

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Our Route for the Cruise

Fort Lauderdale

Havana
Cienfuegos

Georgetown
Grand Cayman

Ocho Rios
Jamaica

CUBA – A LESS TRAVELED LAND
...until now
uba is unlike any other place on earth. What draws people to this fascinating Caribbean
island is much more than beaches, sun, and rum cocktails, though there is plenty of all
three for those who want them. One of the last Communist-bloc nations left, Cuba doesn’t
suffer from the drab and desultory demeanor of its faded peers. Cuba’s rich culture, unique
political history, and continued survival through ongoing economic hardship make it one of the
most eye-opening countries that experienced travelers can discover. Seeing the best of Cuba
means dancing to its intoxicating music, admiring how Cubans improvise on a daily basis to
make ends meet, and visiting a land that is trying to reconcile its socialist utopia past with its
dips into capitalist waters. It’s a nation now populated by a significant swath of newly moneyed
Cubans who are, wrote Carlos Manuel Alvarez in 2015 in OnCuba magazine, “specimens at the
midway gallop between Cuba’s iron socialist morality and a certain post-realignment Havana
consumerism.”

HAVANA
Historic Havana, the capital city of Cuba, offers the kinds of authentic cultural encounters
you will love. You can stroll the grand plazas of Old Havana (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
and take in the city’s lively art scene. Enjoy traditional Cuban delicacies in a paladar, a family-run
restaurant in a private home. And, thanks to our extended hours here, even attend a show at the
Tropicana, iconic venue for some of Cuba’s greatest musicians.
Just to get you started the right way, we have selected one of the “People-to-People Approved”
tours. The price of one of these tours is included in your tour package.

CIENFUEGOS: “PEARL OF THE SOUTH”
Celebrated for its graceful Baroque and neo-classical monuments, sophistication and
spectacular natural bay, Cienfuegos is Cuba’s Paris. Those who love art and architecture will
enjoy exploring the city’s graceful central zone, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Known as La Perla del Sur (the Southern Pearl), Cienfuegos is an uncharacteristically calm
and inviting port city. Although Columbus visited the deep and protected harbor here on his
second voyage, and the Spanish built the Castillo de Jagua in 1745, it wasn’t until a group of
French colonists settled here in 1819 that Cienfuegos began to grow and develop. The French
influence continued through most of the city’s history, particularly in the 19th century, when

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Cienfuegos became a major shipping point for sugar, tobacco, and coffee. As trade with the
United States increased, Cienfuegos lost some of its strategic importance to the northern ports
of Havana and Matanzas.

OCHO RIOS, JAMAICA
It’s lush, it’s exotic, it’s beautiful and it’s all yours for the day. There are many tours to select
from with more offered when you are on-board the MS Veendam. You’re on island time the
moment you set foot in Jamaica. Relax. Go with the flow. And once you’ve had your stresses
melted away in the warm tropical sun, enjoy one of the Caribbean’s most interesting ports of call.
Make your tour activity decisions carefully as our time here is somewhat limited. (We think you
will return to Jamaica one day.)

GEORGETOWN, THE CAYMAN ISLANDS
Just a hop, skip and a jump from Jamaica is The Cayman Islands. Made up of three main
islands, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The largest Grand Cayman and
Georgetown in general has a cosmopolitan vibe, gourmet restaurants, world class diving and
the famous Seven Mile Beach. Cayman Brac is a nature lover’s heaven of stunning diving and
breath taking walls along a rocky bluff and so small only 150 people live there. From the dock
in Georgetown, there are many excellent and spectacular tours to be had. Some downright
incredible. Don’t even think of jumping ship as there is more cruising on the MS Veendam to be
done on our way back to Ft. Lauderdale.

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FEATURED ON THIS TOUR
SelecTours Travel has created in “CUBA – A LAND LESS TRAVELED ...until now” – an
informative, safe and comfortable experience vising Cuba, Ochos Rios, The Island of Jamaica,
and Georgetown, The Cayman Islands, – a more comfortable and exciting tour than can be had
as an individual traveler.
• Airfare from Austin, Texas to Ft. Lauderdale and return is included in the tour package price.
If you are originating from another home airport, we will be glad to arrange economical
transportation from your hometown to Ft. Lauderdale and return.
• Transfers from the Ft. Lauderdale airport to the Port of Ft. Lauderdale and return.
• An 8-day, 7-night luxury cruise aboard the Holland America ship MS Veendam. The tour
price includes the basic cruise cabin but higher-level cabins with more space can be
had for a small additional price. Unpack only one time, as the MS Veendam is now your
floating hotel to all ports of call.
• Port calls in Havana, Cuba – two extended days, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Ochos Rios, The
Island of Jamaica, and Georgetown, The Cayman Islands.
• A welcome aboard champagne cocktail party on the open-air fantail of the ship during the
departure process from the port of Ft. Lauderdale.
• All Meals (indicated by a “B”, “L”, “D”) are available aboard ship.
• A special one-time upgrade to a specialty restaurant aboard ship. Pick from the Pinnacle
Grill (a very upscale steak house), or Canaletto, (Italian), or Tamarino (Asian-Fusian).
These restaurants are top-notch and more formal usually than the main dining room.
• Portage, transfers, tips, (yep, that’s right, no tipping) taxes, port charges, Cuba landing fee,
Cuba Health Insurance (required by Cuba as no US health companies cover accidents
or emergencies occurring in Cuba), and all service charges. Final payment is due August
10, 2019.
• Travel, Cancellation, and Accident insurance policy (also covers emergency withdrawal
from the tour prior to departure or medical problems during the tour). This insurance is
provided by Holland America and is included in tour price. The Cancellation portion of the
policy goes into effect for a 90% refund on all funds paid upon receipt of the tour deposit.
• Tour is hosted by radio personality Don Pryor from KLBJ Radio.
• Experienced and knowledgeable tour managers traveling with the group.
• And, many unique planned and unplanned activities along the way!

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An inclusive price as described in this brochure - Refer to Deck Plan for location & cabin size.
All cabins subject to availability at booking. All prices are based on double occupancy.

Vista Suite

Type BA

$3,999.00 / Person
2 lower beds convert to Queen; whirlpool bath & shower; sitting area,;
dressing room; private verandah; mini-bar; refrigerator’ floor-to-ceiling
windows.

Vista Suite

Type BB

$3,999.00 / Person
2 lower beds convert to Queen; whirlpool bath & shower; sitting area;
dressing room; private verandah; mini-bar; refrigerator use; floor-toceiling windows.

Veranda

Type VQ

$3,999.00 / Person
2 lower beds convert to Queen; bath & shower; sitting area; private
verandah; mini-bar; refrigerator; floor-to-ceiling windows.

Lanai

Type CA

$3,599.00 / Person
2 lower beds convert to Queen; shower; sliding glass door onto promenade
Deck.

Outside View

Type DA

$2,999.00 / Person
Large: 2 lower beds convertible to queen-size bed; bathtub & shower.

Outside View

Type DD

$2,999.00 / Person
Large: 2 lower beds convertible to queen-size bed; bathtub & shower.

Outside View

Type E

$2,949.00 / Person
Large: 2 lower beds convertible to queen-size bed; bathtub & shower.

Outside View

Type EE

$2,899.00 / Person
Large: 2 lower beds convertible to queen-size bed; bathtub & shower.

Outside View

Type F

$2,799.00 / Person
Large: 2 lower beds convertible to queen-size bed; bathtub & shower.

Inside

Type K

$2,699.00 / Person
Large: 2 lower beds convertible to queen-size bed; shower.

A suite is available at a slight additional cost.
Based on double occupancy. Single Supplement is additional.

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What is NOT included?
• Parking or transportation to the Austin airport.
• Items of a personal nature or purchases aboard ship or ashore not specifically shown in
this brochure to be included.
• Fees for exchange of US dollars to any currency along the way. Note: Only Cuban pesos
may be used to purchase anything in Cuba. The current exchange rate can be seen
at www.oanda.com/convert/classic to check up-to-the-minute rates. No credit cards
may be used in Cuba. US dollars and credit cards are more readily taken aboard ship,
Jamaica and The Cayman Islands.
• Special Optional Tours available from the ship or tours ashore with the exception of one
special tour in Havana.

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Our Ship: MS Veendam
Grandly proportioned and recently enhanced, MS Veendam combines 21st-century
amenities and elegant spaces graced by a multi-million-dollar art and antiques collection.
While on board, guests can learn video-editing tips at a Digital Workshop powered by
Windows®, hone their culinary skills at an America’s Test Kitchen cooking show or handson workshop or work-out in the state-of-the-art Fitness Center. Or explore fine dining at our
specialty restaurants.
MS Veendam is a smaller more comfortable luxury cruise ship with the ability to dock
where bigger ships cannot. Holding only 1350 guests and is 719 ft. long and 101 ft. wide.
The use of state-of-the-art sea stabilizers assures a very comfortable experience. For those
concerned about la mare (sea sickness), put your worries aside. This ship is VERY enjoyable.

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A
D EC K
Staterooms 700–848

LOW E R PR O M E N A D E
D EC K
Staterooms 300–431

MA I N
D EC K
Staterooms 500–698

PROMENADE
D EC K

UP P E R P R OMENADE
D ECK

THE MAINSTAGE

THE MAINSTAGE

K500
G700

G701

N703

G702

G707

N705

G502
G508
G510
G516

M504

M503

M506
M512

M505

M514

G501

HH300

HH301
HH303

HH302

G704

G709

M513

G507
G509
G515

G706

G711
G713

E518

L520
L522

L519

E517

E524

L521

E523

H310

H311

G715

E526

L528

L527

E525

HH312

HH313

FF712

FF717

L530
K536

K535

E531
DA533

HH314

FF719

E532
DA534

L529

FF714

CA316

HH315
CA317

DA539

EE318

EE319

G708

MEDICAL
CENTER

G710

M511

FF721
F723

DA538

F718

DA540

DA541

F720

F725

DA542

DA543

EE320

EE321

F722

F727

DA544

DA545

CA322

CA323

F724

F729

DA546

DA547

EE324

EE325

E731

DA550
DA552

E726
E728

E

E730
E732

E

E733

E

E

E735
E737

K549

K537

K548

FF716

DA551

LAUNDERETTE
E

E

DA553

E326

E

E

E327

E

E

DA555

CA328

E

E

CA329

E

DA557

D741

C558

J560

J561

C559

D738

D743

C564

J562

J565

C563

D740

J742

D745

C566

J568

J569

J744

D747

C572

J570

J573

C571

D748

J750

D749

C574

J576

D751

C578

CA333

ATRIUM

C575
C577

D754

J756

D753

C580

J582

J581

C579

D760

J758

D755

C586

J584

J585

C583

D757

C588

J590

J589

C587

D759

C594

J592

J593

C591

D766

J768

D761

C596

J598

J597

C595

D772

J770

D763

C602

J600

J601

C599

D774

J776

D765

C604

J606

J605

C603

D780

J778

D767

C610

J608

J609

C607

D782

J784

D771

C612

J614

J613

C611

J617

C615

J621

C619

J786

J773

D788

J769

D764

J792

D775

C618

J616

ATRIUM

CA335
D337

C567

D746

E

E

E

E

CA331

E739

D736

D762

THE
SHOPS

E

E734

D752

W

E

E

DA554
DA556

M

M
W

PHOTO
GALLERY

D330

D339

CA332

GUEST
SERVICES
EXC
TOURS

ART
GALLERY

OCEAN
BAR

ATRIUM

THE
SHOPS

CA341

CA334
CA336

CA343
LAUNDERETTE

THE
SHOPS

CA349

CA338

I-340

CA344

I-342

CA353

CA346

I-345

CA355

CA348

I-347

CA361

CA350

I-352

CA363

CA356

I-354

CA365

CA358

I-357

CA367

CA360

I-359

D362

I-364

WAJANG THEATER &
AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN

CA351

CA369
D371

D777

C620

D794

D779

C624

D781

C626
C628

CA368

D785

C630

C629

CA370

D787

C632

CA372

D804

D789

C634

C631
C633

D806

D791

C636

C635

HH376

E808
E810

E793
E795

DA638

DA637

HH378

DA640

DA639

H380

HH383
HH385
H387

E812

E797

DA642

DA641

E382

E389

E814

E799

DA644

DA643

E384

E391

E816

E801

DA646

DA645

E386

E393

F818

F803

DA648

DA647

EE388

EE395

F820

F805

DA650

DA649

E

F807

DA652

MIX

CA377

D802

HALF
MOON

CA375

D800

HUDSON
ROOM

D373

D783

C625
C627

D366

D798

M

C623

D796

MIX

CASINO

W

D790

J622

ART
GALLERY
MERABELLA
LUXURY
COLLECTION

CA379
H381

CA374

EXPLORER’S
LOUNGE

EXPLORATIONS
CAFÉ

FUTURE
CRUISES

PINNACLE
GRILL

W
M

F822

E

F824
F826

E

F809

DA654

MM828

MM813

F811

DD656

K658

K657

DD655

EE
390
EE392

F832

MM830

MM815

F817

DD662

K660

K661

DD659

H394

L403

EE399
H401

FF834

MM836

MM821

FF819

DD664

K666

K665

DD663

MM823

FF825

DD670

K668

K669

DD667

L400

FF827

DD672

K674

K673

DD671

DD678

K676

K677

DD675

L415

EE413

FF846

FF831

DD680

K682

K681

DD679

EE408

L419

EE417

FF848

FF833

DD686

K684

K685

DD683

K690

K689

DD687

EE410
H416

L412

DD688

M692

M693

E691

E696

M698

M697

E695

E

EE421
H423

E694

E

H411

FF829

H404
EE406

L402

FF844

E

HH409

FF842

E

HH405

MM838

HH396
HH398

L407

FF840

STATEROOM SYMBOL LEGEND

Quad (2 lower beds, 1 sofa bed, 1 upper)
Triple (2 lower beds, 1 sofa bed)
Partial sea view
Fully obstructed view
Connecting rooms
These staterooms have portholes instead
of windows

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E

E

E

L414

E

E

E

EE
397

E

M

DIGITAL
WORKSHOP
W

THE
DINING ROOM

THE
DINING ROOM

L425
L431

EE429

DA653

E

EE427

E

EE418

E

DA651

E

EE420

E

E

ACCESSIBILITY STATEROOM SYMBOL LEGEND

Staterooms CA331 & CA333 are fully accessible with single
side approach to the bed, roll-in shower only, wheelchairaccessible doorways
Suites SA030, B200 & B202 and staterooms K500, G501,
G502, C567, FF829 & FF831 are ambulatory accessible,
shower only with small step, step into bathroom, standard
interior and exterior door size. Staterooms EE390, EE397,
G704, G706, G709 & G711 are ambulatory accessible, roll-in
shower only, wheelchair-accessible doorways.

SHIP SPECIFICATIONS & FACILITIES

1,348 Guests
574 Crew
• 57,092 Gross Tons
• 719 Feet Long
• 9 Guest Decks
• Wraparound Promenade Deck
• 7 Restaurants & Cafes
• 6 Entertainment Venues
• 7 Lounges/Bars



2 Outdoor Swimming Pools
(one with sliding glass roof)
• Spa & Salon
• Fitness Center
• Suite Lounge
• Duty-free Shops
• Library/Internet Cafe
• Onboard Wi-Fi Access
• Casino
• Sport Courts


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VERAN DAH
D EC K
Staterooms 100–232

N AV I GATI O N
D EC K
Staterooms 001–095

LID O
D EC K

VEENDAM

SP O RTS
D EC K

deck plans & staterooms
The deck plans are color-coded by category of
stateroom, and the category letter precedes the
stateroom number in each room. All staterooms
are equipped with flat-panel television, DVD
player, telephone and multichannel music.
Important Note: Not all staterooms within
each category have the same furniture
configuration and/or facilities. Appropriate
symbols within the rooms on the deck plans
describe differences from the stateroom
descriptions below.

OBSERVATION DECK
BRIDGE
FITNESS
CENTER

VQ101
VQ103
VQ105
VQ107
VQ109
VQ111

IQ112 IQ108

VQ100
VQ104
VQ106
VQ110
VQ114
VQ116
BA118

CROW’S NEST
W M

V E RA N DA H SUITE S

BA113

BA120

SB002

BA115

BA122

BA117

B124

E

E

B126

E

E

SB004

B119
B121

B128

SA006

B123

B130

I-127

B125

A132

I-134

A129

A138

I-136

A131

A140

I-135

A133

A142

I-139

A137

A144

LAUNDERETTE

A149

E

E

E

E

M

E

W

SA

DIVE-IN

SA005
SA007
SA009
SA011

SA016

E

E

SA003

SA014

A147

A152

E

Pinnacle Suite: Bedroom with 1 king-size
bed, oversize whirlpool bath & shower, living
room, dining room, dressing room, private
verandah, pantry, 1 sofa bed for 2 persons, mini-bar,
refrigerator, guest toilet, floor-to-ceiling windows.

W
E

SA012

A145

A150

E

PS

M

E

SA010

A143

A148

E

SA008

A141

A146

PS001

GREENHOUSE
SPA & SALON

SA015

A154

A151

A156

A153

A158

A155

A160

A157

A162

A159

A164

A161

A166

A163

A168

A165

A170

A167

A172

A169

A174

A171

A176

A173

A178
A180

A175
A177

A182

A179

A032

A184

A181

A034

A049

A186

A183

A036

A051

A188

A185

A038

A187

A040

A189

B042

B057

B194

B191

B044

B196

B193

B046

NEPTUNE
LOUNGE

I-029

SA022
SA024
SA026

SA041

SA028

B050
BA052
BA054
BA056
BA058
BB060
BB064
BB068
BC070
BC072

B203

B208

B205

B210

B207
BA209

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B228
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BB075
BB077
BB079
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Lanai: 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size
bed, bathtub & shower. Sliding glass doors lead
onto the wraparound Lower Promenade Deck.
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bed, bathtub & shower.
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Large: 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size
bed, bathtub & shower. All G-category staterooms
have portholes. All H-category staterooms have
partial sea views. All HH-category staterooms
have fully obstructed views.
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Verandah: 2 lower beds convertible to 1
queen-size bed, bath & shower, sitting area,
private verandah, mini-bar, refrigerator,
floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Vista Suites: 2 lower beds convertible to
1 queen-size bed, whirlpool bath & shower, sitting
area, private verandah, mini-bar, refrigerator,
floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Neptune Suites: 2 lower beds convertible to
1 king-size bed, whirlpool bath & shower, large
sitting area, dressing room, private verandah,
1 sofa bed for 2 persons, mini-bar, refrigerator,
floor-to-ceiling windows.


Spa

Staterooms. Opt for the serenity of a Spa
Stateroom, featuring modern spa amenities.

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Lido Deck
Navigation Deck
Verandah Deck
Upper Promenade Deck
Promenade Deck
Lower Promenade Deck
Main Deck
A Deck

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Annotated Itinerary
CUBA – A LAND LESS TRAVELED ...until now
There probably is nothing more rewarding in life than to be able to travel and explore other
lands and their people. This tour is a somewhat rare opportunity to have direct contact with a
culture that has not been readily available for American tourist until very recently. While still a
very controlled and tentative contact, experiencing the time worn colonial buildings, the old cars,
and the strong resilient spirit of Cubans who have made life work for them under Communist rule
is just exactly what this tour is all about.

DAY 1
Wednesday, October 23: Austin to Ft. Lauderdale (D)
Our group will check-in and then meet at the departure gate for our Delta Airlines flight to
Ft. Lauderdale. A Special Note: In your documents received some weeks before departure, in
addition to your luggage tags from SelecTours Travel (providing a required identification for
the airline) you will find your Holland America MS Veendam luggage tag. When you arrive and
identify your luggage in Ft. Lauderdale, our luggage handlers will accept your bag at the door of
our transport over to the port of Ft. Lauderdale.
When we arrive over to the port (about a 15min ride at most) all the bags will be turned over
to porters in charge of passing our luggage through an X-ray station and then will be carried
aboard and placed in your assigned cabins. Next, while we will have priority boarding, you can
expect some short lines where US government officials will examine our ship boarding passes
and our US passports (Note: US passports must have more than six months remaining validity
as of October 30, 2019 in order to go on this tour. As you read this, please check your passport
and if the date will run out prior to that six-month deadline, immediately visit your local post office
and get it renewed. That takes about six weeks so please plan ahead.)
After what is sometimes a tedious process of getting on board, everyone will be directed
to their cabins by ship’s personnel. (Note: Remember, tipping for ship’s personnel is included in
your tour price.) And, after you check to make sure your bags are in your cabin, please change
into something more comfortable. If you are hungry, several food options are open and ready
to serve you. About 3:30 pm, join your gracious and gregarious host, Mr. Don Pryor, near the
pool on the fan-tail of the ship. By the way, he is even funnier in person. As the ship departs the
dock, Champagne will be served to all so that we can toast each other for a safe and comfortable
journey on the MS Veendam. The Fan-tail (back of the ship) is located on Deck 11.

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After our Champagne on the pool fan-deck, the main dining room which usually has a
number of gourmet selections will be open along with all of the specialty restaurants (reservations
are required for the specialty restaurants – please use your cabin phones to make reservations
early.) The main dining room is located on the Promenade Deck – Deck 7.
At some point to be announced, the very expert Cuba ship’s personnel will hold a briefing on
what to expect on arrival in Havana. The briefing will be held on The Main Stage located forward
on Deck 8.

DAY 2
Thursday, October 24, 2019 – Havana (B,L,D)
This day will be filled with a lot of activity. So rise early and watch the docking procedure in
Havana – always interesting. Our breakfast is available in the Lido Market on deck 11. Elevators
are plentiful and quick to all decks. The Lido Market is set up with stations for a huge variety of
foods and cooked just how you want it. This is area to have an early breakfast and be able to
have a birds-eye view of the first glimpses of Havana Harbor and the main plaza of Havana. Eat
hardy, remember, your mother always said that breakfast was the most important meal of the
day. We arrive at 8:00 am. (Ship’s time will be Eastern Time Zone)
The Cuban government has some unusual requirement attached to our visit. They are very
much in control of what and who we see during our visits. Using the information from the briefing
the night before, we will easily depart from the ship directly onto the dock. (MS Veendam is best
suited for our Caribbean port calls with only 1,350 people to get off the ship and onto the busses
ready for the required government mandated tour. Don’t worry! Later in the day we will have the
ability to make some individual choices.) The government tour price is included in your tour price.
During our research to make this tour as memorable as possible, we read many references
to tours of cigar rolling factories, rum distilleries, and, of course, the many uniquely maintained old
US made antique cars. However, while these locations may well be what the Cuban government
had in mind to form favorable impressions for touring Americans, our interview with Austin local
Cubans gave us some interesting insight.
Only Cuban Pesos (CUC) may be used for any purchases in Cuba. No credit cards can
be used. So, we have noted that the best place to exchange US Dollars to Cuban Pesos will
actually be in the port area just as we leave the ship. The current exchange rate moves around
a lot so be sure to check www.oanda.com/convert/classic before you leave home. Like China,
Cuba has two different currencies. One for tourists to Cuba and another is for the local residents.
It’s done this way in both countries to just make more money in the exchange and to provide a
heavy hand to keep the ideas of capitalism in check. Please be mindful that only the Cuban Peso
may be used by our tour group.
So off we go on our tour. As the day progresses even though you may be touted on eating
away from the ship – foods good but probably limited to the famous Cuban Pork Sandwich -- the
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CUC currency
Americans in Cuba use the
nvertable Peso
also known as the Cuban Co
various food venues on the ship are available for lunch and dinner. After dinner, we suspect that
some of the famous Cuban music and dancing floor shows will be of interest. Our tour managers
will each be glad to escort a group to a SAFE venue for the evening’s entertainment. (Note: At
the entrance of each venue will be a group asking you to pay their entrance fee along with yours.
Don’t be tempted, it’s one of the results of the general poverty of the common man in Cuba.
You may come and go onto the ship at any time but absolutely no guests can come on-board.
Please consider asking our tour managers about where to go and not worry about having any
problems. Like any foreign nation, there are always pick-pockets and hustlers around looking for
the US dollar. We want you to be SAFE at all times but plunge enough into the culture to truly
experience Cuban life to make your experience truly exceptional. Maybe a ride in one of those
ancient cars would be something of interest.
A tip about Cuban cigars! We have it on good authority that the tour of a cigar factory is not
near as interesting as finding a street cigar rolling vendor to ask about cigar rolling. We think that
most speak some English and will spend a lot more time with you then the canned script at the
factory locations. You are allowed to purchase Cuban cigars to take home.
Cuban Rum at the distillery is priced very expensively. The best choice is to purchase any
rum you wish to take home from the Duty-Free Store back in the dock area near the ship. It will
be much cheaper and it’s the very same rum.
In addition to the included tour- Art and Soul In Havana, following is a list of other tours for
purchase available in Havana and our other Ports of Call.

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Buena Vista “outdoor” Social Club
Art & Soul Of Havana
This Tour is INCLUDED in your Tour Price
Port: HAVANA (LA HABANA), CUBA
Activity Level: STRENUOUS
Duration: APPROXIMATELY 8 HOURS
Meals Included: YES
Driving through Havana, there is no shortage of art and music, with Cuban artists representing
some of the best visual and auditory visionaries in the world. Travel beyond the art galleries
and explore the museum, and community projects that embrace the innovative artists who call
Havana home. You will visit the Bellas Artes Fine Arts Museum to learn more about Cuban art
and styles from an art expert working at the museum.

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Travel to the neighborhood of Fusterlandia, where artist José Fuster has turned his
community into a mosaic playground, with every inch of whimsical fantasy inspired by the
works of Gaudí and Picasso. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
You will also visit the Muraleando community project, where local residents have used
the Arts to improve their impoverished neighborhood. Centered around a 100-year-old water
tank, Muraleando offers art, dance and music classes to the children of the community.
Stop at the Almacenes San José Market to enjoy free time to interact with the local artisans
and vendors.
Notes:
Guests may have to negotiate a couple of flights of steps during this tour. Wear comfortable
walking shoes. Tour times are estimates and may be subject to change. Tours may run in
different order to provide the best experience. After guests have completed their required fulltime schedule of People-to-People activities, they are welcome to explore Cuba on their own or
participate in evening Holland America Lines excursions (not designed to be People-to-People
programs).
This tour is designed to be-in-compliance with People-to-People guidelines.

¡Acere, qué bolá!
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Fresh & Delicious
Culinary Traditions Of Cuba
Price between $101-$150
Port: HAVANA (LA HABANA), CUBA
Activity Level: STRENUOUS
Duration: APPROXIMATELY 8 HOURS
Meals Included: YES
Begin your day with a drive through Havana to view the sights and sounds of the city.
At a local restaurant, you’ll be presented with a culinary demonstration showcasing a
traditional Cuban dish then relax and enjoy your lunch of Cuban cuisine. Learn how to make the
famous Mojito during a step-by-step demonstration and have the opportunity to make your own.
You will leave with recipes to try back at home.
This is followed by experiencing the ‘Cuban marriage’ -- the ritual combination of the three
products for which Cuba is famous -- coffee, cigars and rum. Learn the art of cigar-smoking and
the process of turning sugarcane into world-class rum.

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Enjoy a guided walking tour of Old Havana. Stroll through two main plazas, each with its
own set of characteristics, vendors, street performers and musicians. Take in the sights and smell
of Plaza Vieja surrounded by culinary traditions including a local chocolate factory, churro food
cart, a coffee house where they roast beans on the premises, and a local brewpub. You’ll have
an hour of free time to experience the culture and interacting with the local people. The Plaza de
San Francisco is where you will see the Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis, the Fuente
de los Leones, and then the old Customs House and Stock Exchange and learn about the wellknown Caballero de Paris.
Notes:
Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Walking is
required on uneven ground. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
Tour times are estimates and may be subject to change. Tours may run in different order to
provide the best experience.
After guests have completed their required full-time schedule of People-to-People activities,
they are welcome to explore Cuba on their own or participate in evening Holland America Line
excursions (not designed to be People-to-People programs).
This tour is designed to be-in-compliance with People-to-People guidelines.

Come Let’s Stroll
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“400”
El Canonazo Evening Tour
Price between $51-$100
Port: HAVAN (LA HABANA), CUBA
Activity Level: STRENUOUS
Excursion Type: ALL
Duration: APPROXIMATELY 2¾ HOURS
Meals Included: NO
Set out from the ship and visit El Cristo -- an impressive a 55-foot-tall statue of Christ
sculpted from Italian marble. This location provides beautiful photo opportunities of the statue
and the Havana skyline.
Another guardian of Havana is the 18-century Fortress de San Carlos de la Cabana,
which has protected the city from pirate attacks with its massive walls for more than 400 years.
The nightly ritual known as El Cañonazo, which takes place at the fortress, began during
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Main. Every night, the closing of the city gates was announced with the firing of a cannon
and, amazingly, this ritual continues to this very day. Tonight, you have the chance to witness
the  cannon ceremony --  your part in preserving this small but important piece of Havana’s
colonial history in a rapidly-changing world. Afterwards, take time to explore the well-preserved
fortress -- a symbol that perfectly represents Havana’s complicated story.
Souvenir vendors will be on site at the fortress for guests who would like take home a piece
of Cuban memorabilia. Remember your Cuban Pesos! Never display or offer US Dollars...it’s
against the Law!
Notes:
Wear comfortable walking shoes.
Tour times are estimates and may be subject to change. Tours may run in different order to
provide the best experience. Time between daytime and evening tours is limited. You will not
miss the evening tour, but you may not have time for dinner onboard.
This evening shore excursion does not comply with the People-to-People guidelines and cannot
be considered to be part of the required full schedule of activities.
Tickets for this excursion are non-refundable.

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- Cha Cha Cha!
Hey Mambo
Modern Havana & American Classic Cars
Price over $151
Port: HAVANA (LA HABANA), CUBA
Activity Level: STRENUOUS
Excursion Type: ALL
Duration: APPROXIMATELY 8 HOURS
Meals Included: YES

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Experience a meeting of the ages as you travel in ‘50s style through Havana’s modern
neighborhoods. Your two-hour joyride in an American classic vehicle shows you the sights and
introduces you to Havana.
Travel to the Plaza de la Revolucion, where pastel-colored classic Fords, Chevys and
Oldsmobiles greet you with bright chrome smiles that belong to a different era. Learn about
José Marti, Cuba’s national hero, and the significance of this plaza in Cuban history. Ride along
the  Malecon and through the Vedado and Miramar districts, seeing some of the city’s most
famous hotels and embassies. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
Visit the Almacenes San José Market to enjoy free time to interact with the local artisans and
vendors and take your very own piece of Cuban memorabilia. Visit the Colon Cemetery founded
in 1876. A local expert will guide you through one of the Caribbean’s largest burial site and share
details about the history of this massive necropolis. Enjoy a walking tour through Old Havana’s
most active squares -- the Plaza de la Catedral and Plaza de Armas.
You’ll also have the pleasure of visiting the Retazos Dance Company. Dance is an essential
part of Cuban popular culture, social, religious and family life. You’ll experience a contemporary
dance performance combining ballet and afro-cuban dance and appreciate their artistic creations
as one of the most admired contemporary dance companies in Latin America. After the dance
performance, you will have the opportunity to talk to the dancers and learn about their training,
careers and everyday life in Cuba.
Notes:
Once this tour is sold out additional capacity cannot become obtained due to the limited availability
of the classic cars.
This tour is operated by classic car and motor coach.
For the approximately two-hour classic car portion please note -- excursion includes one Englishspeaking guide per five classic vehicles; driver may not be fluent in English; tour operator will
assign vehicles; vehicles will vary as some may be open or closed-top, some may have high
points of entry, soft seating and no seatbelts. Sunblock and hats are strongly recommended.
A walking tour portion is included through the Old Havana and the cemetery. Walking is required
on uneven ground. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour times are estimates and may be
subject to change. Tours may run in different order to provide the best experience.
After guests have completed their required full-time schedule of People-to-People activities,
they are welcome to explore Cuba on their own or participate in evening HAL excursions (not
designed to be People-to-People programs).
This tour is designed to be-in-compliance with People-to-People guidelines.

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Wearing down seven #2 pencils is a good day’

s work -EH

Hemingway’s Hangouts & Hideaways
Price between $101-$150
Port: HAVANA (LA HABANA), CUBA
Activity Level: STRENUOUS
Duration: APPROXIMATELY 8 HOURS
Meals Included: YES
Discover the people and places that made author Ernest Hemingway fall in love with Cuba,
following in papa’s footsteps from Old Havana to the shores of Cojimar.
First, travel by bus to Hemingway’s former home, Finca Vigia and learn about the
author’s attachment to Cuba and its people. Explore with your guide the fishing town of
Cojimar, which served as inspiration for the novel, The Old Man and the Sea.
Back in Old Havana, a visit a local graphic arts workshop where various artists create
and display their work will provide the opportunity to engage with local artisans. Learn about their
inspirations and the print-making process. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

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Discover the Plaza de Armas. This is the center of town and is where Papa Hemingway
resided when he first moved to Cuba. Visit the  Plaza de la Catedral  in one of the five main
squares in Old Havana. Enjoy an hour of free time to explore and interact with the locals. Visit a
couple of Hemingway’s local hangouts for an opportunity to sample a traditional Cuban cocktail.
From the cobblestone streets of Old Havana to the shores of Cojimar, locals like to think that
the spirit of Papa Hemingway still lingers in the Cuban air.
Notes:
Walking is required on uneven ground. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
The cooperative that operates the graphic arts workshop on this tour does not charge admission
but welcomes a donation of $1CUC per guest.
Tour times are estimates and may be subject to change. Tours may run in different order to
provide the best experience.
This tour is designed to be-in-compliance with People-to-People guidelines.

Papa lived Here...almost
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Colores de Caribbe!
Parisien Cabaret At Hotel Nacional
Price between $51-$100
Port: HAVANA (LA HABANA), CUBA
Activity Level: EASY
Duration: APPROXIMATELY 3 HOURS
Meals Included: NO
Hosted at the famed Hotel Nacional, the Parisian Cabaret showcases the soul of Cuba.
Inspired by Indo-American, Hispanic and African cultures, the Parisian tells the story of Cuba in
traditional cabaret fashion. Your outing includes transportation by motor coach, entrance and a
cocktail.
Notes:
Dress code is smart casual; no shorts and no flip-flops will be permitted. Minimum age is 18
years.
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This evening shore excursion does not comply with the People-to-People guidelines and cannot
be considered to be part of the required full schedule of activities.
Tickets for this excursion are non-refundable.

DAY 3
Friday, October 25, 2019 - Havana (B,L,D)
Our ship has overnighted in Havana so there is no deadline to get back onboard the first
night. However, this night (Friday) we will set sail at 2:00 am (actually Saturday morning) so
make your plans to include getting back onboard in plenty of time.
Here is a list of tours offered today. It’s probably the best day to consider doing some walking
around the main plaza and diving into some neighborhoods just off the plaza. The Colonial
buildings are not in good repair but from a little distance they still have the charm of by-gone
days. Maybe they will be restored someday.

Habana Cuba Classico
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DAY 4
Saturday, October 26, 2019 – Cienfuegos (B,L,D)
As mentioned above, our ship departs promptly at 2:00 am. If you miss the ship, you are
on your own to rejoin the ship in Cienfuegos – about a 6-hour expensive ride on some very (and
we mean VERY) bad roads.
If you are up early for a hearty breakfast, you will find that we have arrived in Cienfuegos.
Again, we dock for easy departure from the ship. Most will find it a quick walk to the main plaza
and the scenery is definitely old colonial. While there is evidence here of a lot of attempts to
modernize Cuba, the aging and abandoned nuclear power plant and it’s accompanied numerous
high line wires are evident, there is plenty of streets to explore and find many interesting small
shops and street vendors galore. Again, the Cuban peso is the only money to be used. And also
remember that lunch is available on the ship should you not want to sample the local fare.
If a local outdoor food market can be located, we will organize some kind of walking tour to
have a look. It is our experience that these markets with local farmers sporting their latest crop
are always interesting. Not only are the crops different from what we are used to but it is quite
amazing how talkative a farmer can become about his produce.
The two main areas you might concentrate on in Cienfuegos are: the historic center, which
contains the city’s central park Parque Jose Marti, and other historic buildings; and Reparto
Punta Gorda, a slightly newer section that heads out on a narrow strip to the southern point of
the city, where you’ll find the Hotel Jagua and Palacio del Valle. Calle 37, or Prado, is the main
north-south street and runs all the way to the tip of Punta Gorda. For a long stretch, it runs along
the seafront, earning it the moniker the “Malecon” (boardwalk). It is bisected by Avenida 54, an
east-west street, also called the “Bulevar,” which
is pedestrian-only for a few blocks
between the Parque Jose Marti
and Prado.
There are tours available for
those who desire less walking on
the boardwalk or the Boulevard
but both our tour managers will be
taking a stroll on these two streets
for those who want to tag along.
We sail promptly at 5:00 pm.

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Ahhh! Cuba Libra

Montecristo, Cohiba y Partegas

Rum, Tobacco & Coffee In Cienfuegos
Price between $51-$100
Port: CIENFUEGOS, CUBA
Activity Level: MODERATE
Duration: APPROXIMATELY 4 HOURS
Meals Included: NO
The city of Cienfuegos was founded in 1819 by French colonists and boasts a marvelous
setting on a sweeping bay. Cienfuegos is fortified by its geographical location and by the
impressive Castle of Jagua. A strong French influence lends Cienfuegos a distinctive air. There
is a perfect symmetry to its urban layout, while two long pedestrian promenades and some neoClassical architecture charm visitors and locals alike.
Take a panoramic drive through Cienfuegos to the Punta Gorda peninsular area, with
beautiful panoramas and historic buildings such as Palacio del Valle.

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Set out on a walk through the city center of Cienfuegos, taking you past José Martí Park
and the Tomás Terry Theater, and along the pedestrian San Fernando Boulevard and Santa
Isabel Boulevard. As you pass each landmark, your guide will explain its significance. You’ll
hear all about Cuban life -- the ration system, dual currency use, and the stores where the locals
shop. Watch for the Casa del Fundador, former home of the city’s founder, Louis d’Clouet, now
housing a cigar, rum and coffee bar.
Learn about the history of Cuba’s most iconic exports and the ritual combination of savoring
rum, coffee and tobacco, often referred “maridaje” for its marriage of flavors. Visit the Club
“El Benny” located on the San Fernando boulevard, where the unmistakable sound of Beny
Moré known as the, “Barbaro del Ritmo” -- for his fluid tenor voice and expressivity -- fills the
Cienfuegos days. The exquisiteness of these three Cuban products -- coffee, rum and tobacco
-- accompanied by the music and figure of Benny Moré, can be enjoyed in this emblematic
location. Everything begins with the tasting of a delicious criollo coffee, then Añejo Rum and
culminates with the completion of the Tobacco Ritual.
Notes:
Actual tour duration may vary from 3 to 4 hours as the ship has to navigate the narrow channel
to and from the anchorage during daylight hours.
Tour times are estimates and may be subject to change. Tours may run in different order to
provide the best experience.
This tour is designed to be-in-compliance with People-to-People guidelines.

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Wildlife is Everywhere!
Cienfuegos & Botanic Garden
Price between $51-$100
Port: CIENFUEGOS, CUBA
Activity Level: STRENUOUS
Duration: 6½ HOURS
Meals Included: YES
Don’t miss the Cienfuegos Botanic Garden -- more than 200 sprawling acres with 2,000
species of plants, including outstanding landmark ficus and palm collections. The garden is just
far enough from the city to feel restful and special. It surrounds the old Soledad Sugar Mill and
stretches along the road that leads to Trinidad in the neighboring province of Sancti Spíritus.
A naturalist guide will walk with you through the garden and share his/her enthusiasm for the
flora and the setting.
Next, set out on a walk through Cienfuegos, taking you past José Martí Park and the Tomás
Terry Theater, and along the pedestrian San Fernando Boulevard and Santa Isabel Boulevard.
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life -- the ration system, dual currency use, and the stores where the locals shop. Watch for the
Casa del Fundador, former home of the city’s founder, Louis d’Clouet.
Take a panoramic drive through the Punta Gorda area, with beautiful panoramas and
historic buildings such as Palacio del Valle. A local lunch and a beverage are included.
End your visit with a performance by a local orquestra or chorus before returning to the ship.
Notes:
Actual tour duration may vary from 5.5 to 6.5 hours as the ship has to navigate the narrow
channel to and from the anchorage during daylight hours.
Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Walking is
required on uneven ground. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
Tour times are estimates and may be subject to change. Tours may run in different order to
provide the best experience.
This tour is designed to be-in-compliance with People-to-People guidelines.

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Colonial Charm of the Caribbean
Cienfuegos & Graphic Arts
Society Workshop
Price between $51-$100
Port: CIENFUEGOS, CUBA
Activity Level: STRENUOUS
Duration: 6 HOURS
Meals Included: YES
A strong French influence -- the legacy of the early founders of  Cienfuegos  -- lends a
distinctly different air to this old and dignified city. Long pedestrian promenades, a grid system
and some fine examples of neo-Classical architecture welcome you.

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The visual arts form the cultural backbone of Cienfuegos, and indeed of Cuba itself, and you
will visit a Cienfuegos Graphic Arts Society community development project called Graphic Art
in your Hands. This is an opportunity to appreciate the artwork of local artists and to interact
with members of the community. The exhibits and contributors rotate and change, but among the
possibilities are a national stamp collecting initiative; Imagining UNITED -- interaction with young
Downs Syndrome artists; In the 4 Corners -- a program for the extension of creative processes
into Cienfuegos’ neighborhoods; and summer workshops in public open spaces catering to
children and young people. The society is backed by a number of influential and prominent artist
and politicians.
Next, set out on a walking tour through Cienfuegos. As you travel, your guide will point out
the significant landmarks, including José Martí Park and the Tomás Terry Theater. As you explore
San Fernando Boulevard and Santa Isabel Boulevard -- two major pedestrian thoroughfares -your guide will acquaint you with life in Cuba. You’ll hear all about the ration system and dual
currency, and see the stores where the locals shop -- they’re quite different from those at home.
Casa del Fundador, now a souvenir shop, was once the home of the city’s founder, Louis
d’Clouet.
Take a panoramic drive through the Punta Gorda area, with beautiful panoramas and
historic buildings such as Palacio del Valle. A local lunch with a beverage is included. End your
tour with a local artist’s exhibition or performance before returning to the ship.
Notes:
Actual tour duration may vary from 5 to 6 hours as the ship has to navigate the narrow channel
to and from the anchorage during daylight hours.
Walking is required on uneven ground. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
Tour times are estimates and may be subject to change. Tours may run in different order to
provide the best experience.
The community project associated with this tour is included to promote further understanding
and interaction with the Cuban people. As is the fluid nature of community projects in Cuba, the
location and type of community project visited may vary to provide the best experience for our
guests.
This tour is designed to be-in-compliance with People-to-People guidelines.

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Jamaica today!
Arrive
DAY 5
Sunday, October 27, 2019 – Ocho Rios, Jamaica (B,L,D)
We dock in Ochos Rios this morning at 8:00 am. The name of this city is sort of a misnomer
for Spanish to English means “Eight Rivers”. It actually translates as the Waterfalls.
Here is a list of tours available within our time period ashore. The cost of each tour is
estimated it is not included in your tour price. Each tour can be reserved in advance of the cruise
or onboard before landing in Jamaica.

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Slippery WhenWet
Highlights Of Ocho Rios & Konoko Gardens
Price between $0-$50
Port: OCHO RIOS, JAMAICA
Activity Level: EASY
Duration: APPROXIMATELY 3½ HOURS
Meals Included: NO
This scenic tour offers you a chance to get acquainted with Ocho Rios, a burgeoning town
with spacious villas, low-key hotels and multi-story resorts. The name Ocho Rios is a corruption
of the Spanish chorreras (waterfall), which speaks of the coastline of the town, where a series of
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A panoramic drive takes you through Fern Gully Gorge, where nature produces the most
magnificent sight of vibrant green trees. Digest the coolness that comes with this three-mile
stretch of roadway, running south of the town of Ocho Rios on the orginal course of an ancient
riverbed. Fern Gully, which rises approximately 500 feet above sea level, is home to many
species of ferns and tropical foliage.
The Coyaba River Garden & Museum features a Spanish-style building, with a cut-stone
courtyard fountain, three acres of lush tropical foliage and rushing mountain streams. The artifacts
in the museum date from the pre-Columbian era and trace the island’s history to present day. A
guide will escort you through the garden, showing you an abundance of exotic flowers, shaded
by giant cedars and banyan trees. The footpaths allow easy access to all the special places in
the garden. Hunt for bargains in the gift shop, browse the art gallery or just relax in the courtyard
with a refreshing tropical drink.
A scenic drive along the coast leads to the quaint town of St Ann’s Bay, which used to
be the Spanish capital of the island. Here, you will see a statue of Christopher Columbus,
who ‘discovered’ Jamaica for the Europeans. After a short tour of the area, you will stop
for shopping before returning to the ship.

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A Taste Of Jamaica
Price between $51-$100
Port: OCHO RIOS, JAMAICA
Activity Level: EASY
Duration: APPROXIMATELY 6 HOURS
Meals Included: YES
Enjoy a sumptuous Jamaican
meal at the Good Hope Great House.
The menu was designed and created
by Tammy Hart -- an experienced
chef in her own right who worked
as Al Pacino’s personal chef before
returning home to Jamaica.
Your informative tour guide will
educate you on historical Falmouth
while you drive through the town en
route to Good Hope Estate.
Tour the house, built in the 1700s
and restored to its original grandeur.
Here you will see the 2,000-acre
grounds that were once a working
plantation.

You will also tour the estate, visit
the ruins, and stroll near the Martha
Brae River.
Relax in splendor at the Great
House and indulge in a threecourse lunch. The menu includes
crisp salad, herb rice and true
Jamaica
dishes
highlighting
distinctive spices -- curried chicken
with mango chutney, escovietch fish
made with fresh local fish, and fried
plantain -- a true Jamaican favorite.
To finish, sample the sweet
tastes of coconut drops and banana
muffins that use fruits from within
and around the estate.

Notes:
Travel time to the Good Hope Estate is approximately 1½ hours each way.

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Reggae Hill & Dunn’s River Falls
Price between $51-$100
Port: OCHO RIOS, JAMAICA
Activity Level: MODERATE
Duration: APPROXIMATELY 5 HOURS
Meals Included: YES
Dunn’s River Falls  offers
adventurers a fun climb up what
might be the most celebrated falls
in the Caribbean. Your guide will
take you along best route up the
natural stone staircase, pointing
out the many cool plunge pools
you can slide into as you journey
upwards.
You will also visit Reggae
Hill  to soak in the wild beauty of
Jamaica while enjoying a delicious
feast and Jamaican hospitality.
Relax in a comfortable chair and
enjoy the beauty of colorful tropical
plants and flowers that flourish
near the tranquil river running along
the property. Cool off in the crystalclear spring water, jump into the blue swimming hole, or simply wade along the riverbank. Listen
to the sounds of reggae and dancehall music from the live band and/or DJ, and enjoy exciting
performances by cultural dancers and bongo drummers. For an authentic taste of Jamaica,
savor a gourmet, five-course, tapas-style lunch of island-fusion dishes along with champagne
cocktails, draft beer, strawberry guava rum punch, Jamaican mojitos and watermelon lemonade.
A riverside massage is available at an extra charge. Browse for authentic souvenirs featuring
logo items, cigars, Blue Mountain coffee and high-quality t-shirts.

Welcome to the Jungle

Stop for some shopping on the way back to the ship
Notes:
Wear your swimsuit under your clothing; bring a towel, sunscreen and a hat. Dunn’s River Falls
are slippery: pregnant woman and guests with heart, neck, back or knee problems should not
attempt to climb them. Massage available (at your own expense). The tour order may vary and
the Reggae Hill stop may be first.
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Rafting On The Martha Brae
Price between $51-$100
Port: OCHO RIOS, JAMAICA
Activity Level: MODERATE
Duration: APPROXIMATELY 5 HOURS
Meals Included: NO
Venture to one of the most picturesque places in Jamaica, the Land of Wood and Water, for
a uniquely Jamaican experience.
Enjoy a 1½-hour countryside drive along the coast to see the rural lifestyle of Jamaica.
At the Martha Brae rafting center, you will be greeted with a welcome tropical drink.
On a bamboo raft built for two, you’ll glide slowly down a river that meanders gently through
whispering groves of bamboo and ferns, listening to the chatter of birds and the soft chop-chop
of the raft man’s pole. Your raft makes its way past shaded banks and dappled sunlight as the
mild river breeze washes over you.
Float along the river relaxing in an atmosphere of tranquility for approximately one hour and
fifteen minutes before arriving at the Rafter’s Rest, where a bus waits to return you to Ocho
Rios.
Back in town, you will have some free time for shopping. Duty-free and curio shops will add
a new dimension to your experience.
Notes:
Beware: You will no doubt be taken to
a shop that has a little-higher-prices so
get some local advice about the best
places to shop. Very touristy.
Each raft seats two people and a
raft captain, with a low seatback and
minimal seat cushioning. Restrooms
are available at the rafters’ village.
There may be a short wait as you board
your raft. Maximum weight is 250 lbs.
Minimum age is 3 years.
We set sail at 4:00 pm.

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DAY 6
Monday, October 28, 2019 – Georgetown, The Cayman Islands
(B,L,D)
This morning we dock at 8:00 am in Georgetown, The Cayman Islands.
The Cayman Islands is an autonomous British Overseas Territory in the western Caribbean
Sea. The 102-square-mile territory comprises the three islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman
Brac, and Little Cayman, which are located to the south of Cuba and northeast of Honduras,
between Jamaica and the Yucatán Peninsula. The total population of the three islands is
approximately 60,765. The capital city is George Town, situated on Grand Cayman.
The Cayman Islands is considered to be part of the geographic Western Caribbean Zone as
well as the  Greater Antilles. The territory is often considered a major world  offshore financial
haven for international businesses and many wealthy individuals. Well, here is your opportunity
to play with the big financial boys. Just walk into any bank and set up your account…or not.
The Cayman Islands has a tropical wet and dry climate, with a wet season from May to
October, and a dry season that runs from November to April. Seasonally, there is little temperature
change.
Here are tours available for booking while still aboard ship:

Arrive Cayman Islands tod

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Atlantis Submarine at Grand Cayman
Price between $51-$100
Port: GEORGETOWN, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Activity Level: EASY
Duration: APPROXIMATELY 1½ HOURS
Meals Included: NO
This  submarine  ride  allows you
the complete range of underwater
experiences without getting wet. The
crystal-clear water surrounding these
special islands are renowned for rich
marine life and are among the top dive
destinations on the planet, but you don’t
have to be a scuba diver to experience
this underwater world.
Your 1½-hour excursion, including
the ferry ride, conveniently begins and
ends at the Atlantis Dock, located next to
the cruise ship tender pier in the heart of
the Grand Cayman shopping district.

Beep! Beep!

Step aboard the 48-passenger Atlantis
Submarine -- an advanced technological
marvel. Discover the vast coral canyons
and brilliant tropical fish of Cayman National Marine Park to depths of 100 feet.

At the helm of the Atlantis XI submarine is a highly skilled pilot assisted by a co-pilot and
guide who make this an entertaining experience.
Huge barrel sponges and star corals abound on the reef while snapper, grouper, stingrays
and turtles may pass within a few feet of your large viewport.
Notes:
Those concerned about safety should note that the Atlantis is naturally buoyant; in the highly
unlikely event of any systems problems, the submarine will simply rise to the surface. Minimum
height is 3’0”. Participants must be able to access the sub via a ladder with 11 steps. Not
available on all sailings.

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School’s Out
Cayman Islands Shipwrecks &
National Museum
Price between $0-$50
Port: GEORGETOWN, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Activity Level: EASY
Duration: APPROXIMATELY 2 HOURS
Meals Included: NO
This state-of-the-art semi-submarine is developed for comfort and maximum viewing of the
shallow reefs. It departs from the dock right by the cruise ship pier in George Town. The vessel
does not submerge; instead you descend into the hull of this cruising underwater observatory
and sit in air-conditioned comfort five feet below the surface of the water. As you explore you will
view an abundance of marine life through large, clear windows.
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View a dramatic shipwreck, the Cali -- a steel schooner built in 1900. This ship ran aground
100 yards off the coast of Grand Cayman in 1944. A knowledgeable marine expert will provide
answers to your questions and informational narration on the amazing underwater world around
you.
The semi-submarine takes you to see the wreck of the Balboa -- a 375-foot freighter that
was traveling from Cayman to Cuba in 1932 when she encountered one of the worst hurricanes
in the island’s history.
Return to the pier and the crew will escort you to the Cayman Islands National Museum.
Watch a 15-minute video on the settlement and development of the Cayman Islands; then you’ll
have time to browse among the museum’s two permanent exhibits at your own pace.
The Natural History Gallery gives visitors a realistic look at the diversity of environments
and species that are found in the Cayman Islands. In this gallery, a variety of panels, dioramas,
taxidermy, and interactive features bring the islands’ natural history to life.
The Cultural History Gallery offers exhibits on the political and judicial systems, life in the
islands, and the nation’s seafaring history.

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The Trolley Roger
Price between $0-$50
Port: GEORGETOWN, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Activity Level: EASY
Duration: APPROXIMATELY 1 HOUR
Meals Included: NO
Permission to come aboard mateys, and bring all yer wee ones too for a swashbuckling tour
of George Town, Grand Cayman.
Grand Cayman’s rich history and folklore of pirates and hidden loot awaits you on the oneand-only Trolley Roger.
Your expert guide relates the entertaining history of the island and its colorful past as
this open-air trolley ride takes you past many of the 600 banks adjacent to some of the oldest
buildings in Grand Cayman, the central park area and the statue of National Hero, Jim Bodden.
Pass through the beautiful residential area of South Sound, where you will see the intricate
decoration of old-time Caymanian houses nestled amongst a myriad of tropical Caribbean
flowers and trees.
After a short stop at a favorite local beach, the journey continues along the scenic coastal
road towards Hog Sty Bay and the harbor area, passing McCoy’s Villa with chance to take a
photo of this immaculately restored house.
In the center of George Town, pick up some treasures of your own at the shops or return to
the nearby cruise ship terminal.
Notes:
This is an open-air trolley pulled behind a vehicle. Dress accordingly on windy, rainy or cooler
days. There is a considerable walk from the cruise terminal to the bus terminal.

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DAY 7
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 – At Sea (B,L,D)
Now we really get to enjoy our luxury ship. We will be spending the entire day working out
way back to Ft. Lauderdale. A leisurely breakfast perhaps, maybe a late lunch around the pool,
and especially, if you have not used your Specialty Restaurant reservation as yet, this is time
to enjoy a late night truly special dining occasion. Be sure you make your reservation early in
the cruise. It will be a more formal night then in the main dining room. (Suit and tie would be
appropriate).
This is a pretty big ship with many, many things to do. There is the cooking class by “America’s
Test Kitchen”, there is a very nice casino, a show room with presentations most nights, many
duty-free shops and a main gallery with art work from around the world. There is much to explore
if you have not already done so. Oh, and don’t forget the full gym…don’t miss a single workout.
There is always music in several bar venues and even a “Rolling Stone Rock Room”, B.B. King’s
Blues Club, Lincoln Center State and of course, the SPA.

DAY 8
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 – Port of Ft. Lauderdale (B)
Breakfast should be early on your agenda as we dock in Ft. Lauderdale at 8:00 am. It’s
time to pack up and leave the ship. We will spend some time passing through US Customs and
Immigration Services before boarding our transportation over to the Ft. Lauderdale airport.
We will board our Delta Flight
departing Ft. Lauderdale at 11:55
am and scheduled to arrive at
Austin Bergstrum Airport at 5:35
pm. For those on other flights,
the transportation from the port to
the Ft. Lauderdale airport will be
available.
Please remember, there is
no tipping along the way and any
required tipping has been included
in the tour pricing.

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WHAT TO BRING
Cuba Checklist
In preparation for your amazing adventure to historic Havana, we have prepared a checklist with
items relevant to Cuba to review before the big day arrives:
Passport – All guests require a passport to travel to Cuba, valid for at least six months from
your scheduled return date. Birth certificates and passport cards are not acceptable. If you are a
U.S. citizen/ resident traveling with a valid Cuban passport, you will need to bring your American
passport or Resident Alien Card to re-enter the U.S.
Just a word about your U.S. Passport. It is very important that you have your passport with
you at all times especially off ship. Small safes are available in each cabin and can be used
to store valuables like passports while dining or enjoying some aspect of the ship. We really
take our passports for granted sometimes and you should know that on the black market, U.S.
Passports go for a lot of money. Take some time and read the first page of your passport. Take
those words to heart. You are a U.S. Citizen and that is something very special in this world.
Travel Affidavit – According to U.S. travel requirements, all guests traveling to Cuba must
complete a travel affidavit that identifies one of twelve categories approved to enter Cuba.
Please print your affidavit when completing your Online Check-in and present a completed copy
at embarkation. Guests will be responsible for retaining a copy of their affidavit for their records
for five years. This travel affidavit will be presented to each passenger at the pre-cruise meeting
in Austin. There really is not much to it but formally lets the Cuban government know why you are
visiting Cuba. (A copy of this document is available for reading on our website and will be made
available to each passenger on embarkation.)
Cuba Issued Visa – For most guests a tourist visa will be required which Holland America
will facilitate at a cost of $75 (this is included in the tour price). You will receive your visa at
embarkation. Cuban-born guests and guests traveling to Cuba for any reason other than standard
people-to-people activities (e.g. press, business) must present a Cuban passport and/or special
visa at embarkation.
Currency Exchange – The Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) is the currency used by tourists.
Guests can exchange money at the terminal in Havana, as well as hotels, banks and exchange
offices for a fee. To expedite the currency exchange process, it is recommended you be prepared
to exchange in multiples of $50. Guests are highly encouraged to carry enough cash for your day
in Havana since U.S. credit cards and debit cards are not accepted in Cuba.
Packing – We suggest for Cuba you pack light weight clothing and plenty of sunscreen.
Additionally, please limit gifts, if any, for the Cuban people to a handful of items (e.g. toiletries,
pencils, candies, toys) that will fit within the personal items you plan on bringing off the ship.
Donations are generally discouraged by Cuban officials and may delay your debarkation process.

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GENERAL GUEST FAQ Cuba Travel Requirements
Special Note to our group. Most of what is written below is just technical material from
the Cuban government. In practice, we guarantee you will have more than adequate time
to roam on your own, take any tour you want, and interact with any Cuban you encounter.
Who is eligible to travel to Cuba? U.S. (including Cuban-born) and international guests
are eligible to travel to Cuba from the U.S. if they either a) meet at least one of 12 categories
of authorized travel (and you do); or b) obtain a specific license issued by the Office of Foreign
Assets Control (OFAC).
How will recent announcements on U.S. Cuba policy changes impact cruises to
Cuba? The Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued new regulations regarding travel to
Cuba, effective November 9, 2017. The new regulations modify travel authorization and restrict
some transactions in Cuba, among other things. The following changes may impact you:
1. Guests who made their booking on or after June 16, 2017 will no longer be permitted
to engage in “self-guided” people-to-people travel. Instead, guests disembarking in
Cuba must participate in group people-to-people programs sponsored either by Holland
America Line or a third-party U.S. sponsoring organization, and do not qualify for the
other authorized categories of travel to Cuba. However, you will find plenty of time to
actually be on your own and meet the Cuban people. And, there are plenty of interesting
tours, both individual or small groups, offered near the dock.
2. As part of the revised regulations, guests are now prohibited from engaging in direct
financial transactions with businesses controlled or acting on behalf of the Cuban military,
intelligence or security services or personnel.
3. A Cuba Restricted List naming these business establishments has been released by the
U.S. State Department. What are the 12 categories of authorized travel?
a. Family visits;
b. Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain
intergovernmental organizations;
c. Journalistic activity;
d. Professional research and professional meetings;
e. Educational activities (also called People-to-People/ P2P);
f. Religious activities;
g. Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and
exhibitions;
h. Support for the Cuban people;
i. Humanitarian projects;
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k. Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials; and
l. Certain authorized export transactions. For more information about each of the 12
categories, and what the U.S. Government requires with respect each category, we
recommend you read the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Frequently Asked Questions
Related to Cuba.
How will guests certify that they are traveling to Cuba under one of the 12 categories
of authorized travel? All guests (including children) will be required by the U.S. Government to
complete a travel affidavit identifying their approved category of travel. This must be completed
prior to boarding the vessel in Ft. Lauderdale.
Will all guests be required to have a passport to travel to Cuba? Yes, all guests (including
international guests) will be required to have a passport. Guests cannot travel to Cuba with only
a driver’s license, birth certificate, or passport card. Passports must be valid for six months after
their travel to Cuba.
Will guests be required to have a visa to enter Cuba? All guests are required to obtain
a visa in order to enter Cuba. The type of visa that a guest will need will depend on certain
factors, including the reason for travel to Cuba. Most guests will be able to enter Cuba utilizing
a “Tarjeta Turistica” (or “tourist card”) visa. Guests will purchase the “Tarjeta Turistica” from
Holland America at a cost of $75 per person (already covered in the inclusive price of the tour).
Holland America will distribute this visa during embarkation and guests will be responsible for
providing their visa to the Cuban authorities upon arrival in Cuba. If a guest loses their visa, they
will be able to purchase a new visa onboard at an additional cost of $75.
Guests who were born in Cuba or are traveling for specific reasons, such as journalists, will
need to obtain non-tourist card visas from the Cuban consulate or a visa service.
Are Individuals who were born in Cuba allowed to travel to Cuba with Holland
America? Yes. Cuban-born guests are permitted to travel to Cuba by ship. However, any guest
who was born in Cuba who wishes to travel to Cuba by ship must request a visa from the Cuban
Embassy or use a Cuban issued passport in order to enter the country. Requirements will vary
from guest to guest based on their circumstances around moving from Cuba. Visa and passport
requests can be made directly to the Cuban Embassy or through the use of third-party service
providers that are authorized to process these types of applications. Guests will be responsible
for the cost of obtaining their visa or passport. Please understand that the application process
may take several months to complete. Visa and passport requests can be made directly to the
Cuban Embassy (1-202-797-8518) or through the use of third-party providers that are authorized
to process these types of applications. ABC Charters (1-877-817-1160) and Visa-Central (1-877535-0688) are two examples of such companies.

TRIP ACTIVITIES

Can guests go as tourists to Cuba? TTravel to Cuba for tourist activities is not allowed.
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tourist activities, travel in pursuit of a hobby, self-directed educational activities only for personal
enrichment, or research for personal satisfaction only.
How do the people-to-people programs work? People-to-people programs are a
permitted category for U.S. guests to visit Cuba. These programs must include a full-time
schedule of activities that will create educational interactions between guests and the Cuban
people. Activities do include shore excursions offered by Holland America Line.
If my cruise stays in Cuba overnight, do I have to engage in people-to-people activities
both days? Yes. For Day 2, any guest who wishes to get off the ship will need to participate in a
people-to-people activity/ shore excursion. They cannot rely on the prior day’s people-to-people
activities for the next day. For those sailings that depart at noon on Day 2, guests wishing to get
off the ship will need to participate in 2-3 hours of peopleto-people activities.
Does Holland America offer shore excursions that comply with one of the 12 general
licenses? Yes, Holland America Line offers shore excursion programs that fully comply with all
the requirements for peopleto-people programs. In planning activities ashore, guests should
keep in mind that people-to-people activities must be fulfilled before guests can engage in free
time. Evening shore excursions offered by Holland America Line do not currently comply with the
people-to-people guidelines and cannot be considered to be part of the required full schedule of
activities. Popular tours do sell out so guests wanting to ensure they book their preferred shore
excursions should book early at HollandAmerica.com.
How much free time is there? After completion of a full-time schedule of people-to-people
activities, guests are free to explore as they wish. Our first day tour, included in your tour price,
satisfies all requirements.
Do air carriers or vessel operators need to obtain specific licenses from OFAC to
provide services? No. A general license authorizes persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction to provide
carrier services by vessel or aircraft to, from, or within Cuba, in connection with authorized travel,
without the need for a specific license from OFAC. However, while no additional license is required
from OFAC, persons providing carrier services may still need to secure regulatory approvals
from other concerned U.S. government agencies, including the Department of Commerce’s
Bureau of Industry and Security, the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Secretary and
the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security. For a complete
description of what the OFAC general license authorizes and the restrictions that apply, see 31
CFR § 515.572(a)(2). Holland America operates its cruises to Cuba pursuant a general license
promulgated under U.S. Federal Regulation 31 CFR §515.572 (Provision of travel, carrier, other
transportation-related, and remittance forwarding services). Page 2 SHOPPING What are guests
allowed to bring back from Cuba? Guests are generally authorized to bring into the United States
merchandise acquired in Cuba for personal use and/or consumption as accompanied baggage
including Cuban cigars and rum. Please keep in mind that the revised U.S. Cuba Regulation
includes a prohibition from engaging in direct financial transactions with businesses controlled
or acting on behalf of the Cuban military, intelligence or security services or personnel, as listed
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hotels, shopping centers and other businesses which may cater to tourists. While there is no
limit on the value of the goods that may be brought back from Cuba for personal use; goods
brought back to the United States from Cuba as accompanied baggage are subject to the normal
customs value limits on duty and tax exemptions for merchandise imported.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Are there any vaccines required or recommended for travel to Cuba for adults and
children? You do not need any inoculations before visiting Cuba. Will my medical insurance cover
any medical requirements during my visit to Cuba? We encourage guests to check with their
health care provider to understand coverage for their stay in Cuba. Please note that Medicare
only covers medical costs within the U.S. and not in any other countries.
Will the Cuban Government require health insurance to be purchased to cover local
medical services required while I am in Cuba? Yes, the Cuban Government requires all
guests to pay a Cuba Health Insurance fee. This fee is included in the taxes, fees, and port
expenses and is already made a part of the inclusive tour price.
Is Cuba accessible for guests that use a wheelchair, scooter or other mobility devices?
Accessibility in Cuba is limited due to a lack of adequate infrastructure. While accessible facilities
(such as hotels) may exist, these facilities may not be comparable to accessible facilities found
in the U.S. Guests using mobility devices may be limited to ground floor facilities as there are
often no elevators to access upper levels. Streets often have curbs without ramp access and
many surfaces are uneven or cobble stone. Motor coaches and other transportation may not
have the equipment to accommodate or store mobility devices or assist with boarding.

BANKING

What currencies are accepted in Cuba? There are two types of currencies in Cuba – CUC
(Cuban Convertible Peso) and CUP (Cuban Peso). The CUC is the currency used by tourists
while the CUP is used by locals. Guests can exchange money to convertible pesos (CUCs) at the
terminal in Havana, as well as in hotels, banks and exchange offices. Guests are highly encouraged
to carry enough cash for the day when disembarking the ship. Please note that transaction fees
of approximately 10% will apply to USD to CUC exchanges. It is advisable to change U.S. dollars
into another accepted foreign currency (British pounds, Canadian dollars, Danish krone, euros,
Japanese yen, Mexican pesos, Norwegian Krone, Swedish Krona, Swiss francs) as a 10% fee is
charged if you use U.S. dollars to change into Cuban pesos (none of the other foreign currencies
face this charge). Guests cannot exchange CUC back to USD once in the US so all remaining
currency should be changed back to USD prior to leaving the last Cuban port.
What about using credit & debit cards in Cuba? While U.S. guests are now technically
allowed to use U.S. credit and debit cards in Cuba where they are accepted, most U.S. banks
have not yet finalized arrangements for credit card transactions in Cuba and most places do not
accept credit cards. Please check with your card provider to determine if they have established
access in Cuba. It is recommended that guests bring cash and do not rely on credit cards.

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SAFETY & SECURITY

Are there any important safety tips? As you would in any major city or destination in the
world, guests should consider the following: • Leave valuables onboard the ship. • Avoid wearing
expensive jewelry. • Carry only the cash that you will need for the day. • Use discretion when
handling cash publicly. • Keep your belongings secure and out of sight.
What are additional tips that I should know when traveling on shore in Cuba? • Drink
only bottled water • Due to tropical climate, wear loose fitting airy clothes, comfortable shoes
and a hat. • Wear sunblock and bug repellant. • Only a few places are air conditioned; bring
a fan and/ or mister • Purchase items only from authorized sellers • Exchange money only at
CADECAs (Currency exchange houses) or hotels.
What should I carry ashore while in Cuba? • Passport • Visa • Holland America issued
room key • Cash.

CONNECTIVITY

Will my cell phone work in Cuba? You will need to check with your phone provider
regarding international coverage in Cuba. Will I be able to access the internet on this cruise? WiFi is available onboard. You will not have access to the internet while ashore in Cuba.

TIPPING

Are gratuities included for Cuban tour guides and restaurants? Holland America Line
does not include gratuities or tips for our ground tour guides, drivers, or waiters. Guest should
expect to tip their guides, drivers, and waiters. However, as always, gratuities are an expression
of thanks and should be based on the level of service provided. We suggest the following as a
guide for tipping: • National guide: 4-6 CUCs per person • Local (site specific) guide: 1 CUC per
person • Driver: 2 CUCs per person • Wait staff: 3 CUCs per person or 10% of the bill (if you
are eating out on your own) • Street Performers / Characters: 1-2 CUCs per person • Bathroom
Attendants: .50 CUC per person.
Note:
To the best of our knowledge, the above Q&A information is accurate at the time writing.

SUGGESTED READING
Frommer’s Easy Guide to Cuba, © 2016 Frommer Media LLC.
ISBN 978-1-62887-234-7
Photo Adventures in Cuba by Judy Krings  ISBN 978-1607462682
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Cuba  ISBN 978-1465460325

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the payment schedule. Reservations received within payment schedules will require
payments due at the time of reservation. SELECTOURS accepts personal checks,
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30 days prior to departure date.
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departure will receive a 50% of payments made refund; d) cancellations received
between 149 days prior and 121 days prior will receive a 25% of payments made
refund; e) cancellations received less than 120 days prior to departure will receive no
refund. Some brochures have different refund schedules and will be used instead of the
terms shown above. Name changes will be accepted up to 60 days prior to departure
with a fee charged of $75.00 for processing. Name changes less than 60 days prior
to departure will be at the discretion of the tour operator. Changes and cancellations
must be received in writing. .A passenger failing to make a departure will be considered
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the sole judgement of the tour operator or carrier, in a physical or mental condition
as to be incapable of participating in the tour, cruise or package, or who may require
care beyond that which the tour operator or carrier can provide. Only limited medical
facilities and treatment are available onboard ships. Carriers are nnot responsible
for medical care. Prescription medicines are the sole responsibility of the passenger.
Refrigeration may or may not be available at all times on all itineraries. Certain safety
regulations may cause minor difficulty for the mobility impaired. Passengers with
physical limitations are advised to check on facilities for each departure prior to booking.
The charter operator and carriers cannot provide special assistance. Special transfer
arrangements may need to be made by the passenger at their expense. WE HIGHLY
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physically challenged persons travel with someone who is able to assist them in their
travel needs. And, these passengers cannot participate in the single share programs
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All bags must be securely packed and labeled with the passenger’s complete name as
it appears on the passport, the tour or ship name, cabin or room number, and date of
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passenger’s baggage or personal property. Any liability for loss or damage to baggage
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of sailing vessels; due to the type and nature of the vessel departure/arrival times,
anchor locations, and other associated limitations are at the discretion of prevailing
winds, tides and weather conditions. At all times, participants are required to carry a
valid passport. All passengers are solely responsible for visa and entry requirements of
given countries and municipalities. Booking agents will advise, at time of booking and
to the best of their knowledge, visa requirements.
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passenger shall have no claim against the tour operator and/or carriers for resulting
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reimbursement of the unearned tour or cruise fare for the cancelled tour or cruise. If,
after departure, the tour or cruise is interrupted by a fortuitous event, Act of God or any
other cause for which neither the tour operator, carrier or passenger is responsible.
Or if the tour or ship is or will be unduly delayed or prevented from proceeding in the
ordinary course; the tour operator and/or carrier shall have the right to terminate the
tour or cruise at its option based on the safety of the passenger, crew, vessel or value
thereof. Passengers will be refunded unearned portions of the tour or cruise upon
recovery of funds or a substitute carrier may be engaged to fulfill the balance of the tour
or cruise. In all such cases, unless otherwise stated herein, the passenger shall not
be entitled to any compensation of any kind and shall have no other claim against the
tour operator or carriers. In all situations the tour or ship shall have liberty to proceed
without pilots, to tow and assist, and to deviate from the advertised routings and to call
or omit to call at any port or place for any reason or purpose which in it judgement is
reasonable under the circumstances then existing, and to comply with all orders given
by governmental authorities, the underwriters or the carriers. The passenger shall have
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arrange other services. SELECTOURS accepts no responsibility in any way for any
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