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Varadero Beach
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Havana

An Irresistible Charm

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


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

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

Must see places in Havana

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Limited number of guides in languages different from English. Should your language be not available the tour will be performed in English.
  • HAVANA CITY TOUR

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

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adult price starting from44Price per person

      • Child price starting from 41Price per person

      CUB01

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

      CITY TOUR
      • Drink included

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

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adult price starting from55Price per person

      • Child price starting from 39Price per person

      CUB18D

      Bring your Havana experience to a perfect close before being dropped at the airport to catch the flight home on this leisurely tour of old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After leaving the ship and boarding a coach, you’ll head for the old quarter and then walk through its appealing historical streets. You’ll cross both Plaza des Armas and Cathedral Square on your way to the Palacio de la Artesanía, an 18th-century colonial palace that is now home to an artisanal arts and crafts centre. This is the perfect spot to browse, pick up a souvenir and enjoy a refreshing drink. Back on the coach again, you’ll continue on a route that will take you past Capitol building, the Museum of Revolution, the National Museum of Fine Arts and Havana Theatre. To round off your farewell tour, you’ll also stop at El Floridita, one of the city’s oldest cocktail bars, to enjoy a delicious daiquiri. Finally, a photo stop is scheduled at Revolution Square before you then head for the airport, bringing the tour and your holiday to a close.Please note: this tour is available only for disembarking guests with flights scheduled from 21.00 h onwards. It is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. The duration of the tour includes the transfer time to the airport. Excursion available only during your cruise.
    • WALKING TOUR OF HAVANA

      CITY TOUR
      • Limited seats

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

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        3 h

      • Adult price starting from25Price per person

      • Child price starting from 22Price per person

      CUB22

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

      CULTURE AND HISTORY
      • Long route by bus

      • Lunch or dinner included

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

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        13 h

      • Adult price starting from139Price per person

      • Child price starting from 125Price per person

      CUB10

      Tucked away in the Province of Sancti Spíritus in the middle of the island and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988 is the Cuban village of Trinidad, your destination on this leisurely all-day excursion. With your friendly tour guide remaining on hand throughout, you’ll first board a coach and enjoy a scenic journey of about 5.5 hours to reach the picturesque village. Time to stretch your legs then follows during a walk around Trinidad, its centrally located park and a visit to Trinidad Cathedral. There will also be time for you to browse through the Museum Palacio Cantero, located in an old colonial house, for an encounter with the ancient culture of the island. Since museum browsing can be thirsty work, your next destination is the Taberna La Canchánchara for a taste of Trinidad’s most famous cocktail: the Canchánchara. Made with lemon juice, honey and Cuban rum, this delicious treat makes a perfect aperitif, since you’ll then move on to a local restaurant to enjoy a leisurely lunch. The drive back to Havana and your ship will then give you plenty of time to relax and savour wonderful island views.Please note: for MSC Opera guests, this tour is available on 03 and 04 December 2016 and on every Sunday. For MSC Armonia guests, this tour is available on 22 and 23 November and on every Wednesday. It is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
    • HAVANA & HEMINGWAY

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

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adult price starting from49Price per person

        • Child price starting from 40Price per person

        CUB03

        Just 97 miles due south of Key West and yet a world apart from its American neighbour, the island of Cuba was the place that the late American novelist, Ernest Hemingway, chose to make his home for 20 years from 1939 onwards. It is this literary connection that this guided half-day tour seeks to explore, beginning with a coach transfer to the author’s former residence and now museum, FincaVigia. Located only a few miles out of Havana in San Francisco de Paula, the beautiful old finca has been fully restored and provides a unique insight into how the novelist lived and worked. You will have a chance to take a look through the house open and glass windows for an insight view of the places where Hemingway lived. You’ll also get to view Havana’s Virgen del Camino monument and a chance to enjoy panoramic views of the Cojimar district, a former fishing village. A brief look at the Hemingway monument and the seafront Malecón boulevard then follows, after which a stop is scheduled at La Terraza de Cojimar for a Don Gregorio cocktail, a tasty blend of blue curaçao and maraschino liqueur, another of Hemingway’s little helpers. Splendid views of Ambos Mundos Hotel, San Gerónimo University and Plaza de la Catedral then follow as you head for the last stop: Floridita Restaurant, where not only a delicious daiquiri, but also a life-sized bronze statue of the man himself await you at the bar. Your return to the ship then brings the tour to a close.Please note: for MSC Opera guests, this tour is available only on Mondays, for MSC Armonia guests, this tour is available on 22/23/24 November 2016, on 15.03.2017 and on every Wednesday and Thursday. The tour is run only in the morning. The inside visit to Hemingway’s House is not included. This tour is not available for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
      • HAVANA CITY TOUR BY OLD AMERICAN CARS

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

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            3:30 h

          • Adult price starting from92Price per person

          • Child price starting from 92Price per person

          CUB04

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

          CULTURE AND HISTORY
          • Lunch or dinner included

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

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            8 h

          • Adult price starting from80Price per person

          • Child price starting from 71Price per person

          CUB02

          Get your fill of Havana’s old-world beauty on an all-day tour full of city highlights. Once aboard a coach in the company of your tour guide, you’ll first head for the 16th-century Morro Castle on the other side of Havana’s port. A leisurely stroll through Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de la Catedral in the quaint old quarter then takes you to the lovely Palacio de los CapitanesGenerales. Once the official residence of Havana’s colonial governors, the palace now houses the Museum of the City of Havana. Spend some time browsing the museum’s colonial artefacts and decor before you move on to one of Havana’s most iconic bars, La Bodeguita del Medio, for an external viewing. Next, you’ll pass the Museum of the Revolution, the National Museum of Fine Arts, Parque Central and the Great Theatre of Havana on your way to El Capitolio building. A traditional Creole lunch, plus a drink, then follows in a typical Cuban restaurant. Following a photo stop at Plaza de la Revolución, a panoramic drive will take you through the seafront Malecón area, down Quinta Avenida with its luxury homes and hotels in the Miramar district, then along Avenida de los Presidentesand Avenida Paseo in the El Vedado quarter to reach your ship.Please note: for MSC Opera calls, this tour is available on 03.12.2016, 04.12.2016, 05.12.2016 and every Sunday and Monday. For MSC Armonia calls, this tour is available on 21.11.2016, onevery Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,with the exception of fallowing cruises, when the tour is run only on Wednesday: AX04, AX06, AX10, AX12, AX14, AX16 and AX19. It is also available on 14 and 15 March 2017. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
        • REVELATIONS OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION

          CULTURE AND HISTORY
          • Limited seats

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

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            4 h

          • Adult price starting from62Price per person

          • Child price starting from 55Price per person

          CUB20

          Round out your knowledge of Cuban history on this enjoyable half-day excursion, which begins when you board an air-conditioned coach at the pier, accompanied by a friendly tour guide. You’ll first head for Havana’s historical quarter to visit the Museum of the Revolution. After browsing the collection, you’ll move on to a glass enclosure behind the museum: the memorial to the Granma, the famous yacht that brought Fidel Castro and 81 other rebels from Mexico in 1956. You guide will provide information on Cuban history as well as fascinating details on the life of Fidel Castro himself. Next up is the 18th-century Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña and the co-located Che Guevara Museum, which showcases Che-themed memorabilia in his old office at the fort. A photo stop at the nearby Christ of Havana will then deliver gorgeous views of Havana and the bay, after which you’ll head for Revolution Square for a photo stop at the memorial to José Martí, a Cuban national hero. Your guide will tell you all about it before you return to the ship. Please note: this tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. This tour is available only on Sunday.
        • SANTA CLARA: CHE GUEVARA CITY

          CULTURE AND HISTORY
          • Long route by bus

          • Lunch or dinner included

          • Limited seats

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

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            14 h

          • Adult price starting from145Price per person

          • Child price starting from 102Price per person

          CUB21

          This all-day outing is your chance to visit the lovely city of Santa Clara, which played a key role in the liberation of Cuba under Che Guevara. The tour begins with a relaxing 3.5-hour trip in an air-conditioned coach, with an experienced guide on board and a stop en route. After passing through the south of Havana and skirting the coastal Matanzas, you’ll head inland, with views of farmers tending their crops alongside the production sites of various industries to enjoy. The tour of Santa Clara includes outside views of the University “Marta Abreu” of Las Villas en route to the Armoured Train Monument, which marks the pivotal role played by the capture of an armoured train in liberating Santa Clara. You’ll also pass the beautiful façade of the 18th-century Church of Our Lady Carmen and the 1950s high-rise Santa Clara Libre Hotel, still the only one in town, as well as the late 19th-century Teatro de la Caridad. After lunch at a local restaurant and a visit to the Che Guevara Mausoleum and museum the tour draws to an end with your return to Havana. Please note: as this tour includes walking with some steps, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. This tour is available only on Sunday.
        • NCA Shorex Package Spain CUB01 COZ37
          MTB12

          Excursions package included in the cruise
            • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

              Difficulty Level
              Strenuous

            • Duration
              00 m

            • Adult price starting from150Price per person

            • Child price starting from 120Price per person

            NCASPAI1

            NCA Shorex Package Spain CUB01 COZ37 MTB12
          • LAS TERRAZAS VILLAGE & NATURE
            RESERVE

            NATURAL WONDERS
            • Lunch or dinner included

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

              Difficulty Level
              Moderate

            • Duration
              8 h

            • Adult price starting from90Price per person

            • Child price starting from 80Price per person

            CUB06

            Located in the middle of the western end of Cuba you’ll find a glorious nature reserve and village community called Las Terrazas, which is part of the Artemisa Province and forms your destination on this appealing all-day outing. A coach, with your guide on board, will first take you on a panoramic drive through Havana’s exclusive Miramar residential area, past the national hideaway and on to the Rosario Mountains to reach Las Terrazas. A welcoming drink will then be waiting for you at the appealing lakeside restaurant known as Rancho Curujey, where you can savour gorgeous views of the mountainside setting while finding out about the area’s ambitious sustainable tourism project. Next up is a visit to the remains of the old French Buena Vista coffee plantation and the leafy grounds of the Moka Hotel, after which you’ll have a chance to touch base with the locals as you take a look around the community. Then get set for a taste of typical Cuban Creole cuisine and a chance to kick back and relax at a local restaurant. As a final treat on the tour, you’ll also have a chance to go for a dip in the San Juan River, so do bring a towel and wear a swimsuit under your clothes if you plan to spend time in the water. The tour finally draws to a scenic close with your return trip to the port and your ship.Please note: for MSC Opera guests, this tour is available on 03 and 04 December and on every Sunday. For MSC Armonia guests, this tour is available 22 and 23 November 2016 and on every Wednesday. It not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
          • VERDANT VIÑALES VALLEY, PINAR DEL
            RIO PROVINCE

            NATURAL WONDERS
            • Lunch or dinner included

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

              Difficulty Level
              Moderate

            • Duration
              10 h

            • Adult price starting from113Price per person

            • Child price starting from 104Price per person

            CUB07

            Take a day of your time, a coach plus a friendly tour guide and you have all you need to enjoy Cuba’s wonderful landscape down in the Viñales Valley, a particularly fertile area where crops such as tobacco are grown. A 2-hour coach ride through glorious scenery begins your tour to the Pinar del Rio Province, with your destination being a cigar factory in the region’s largest town. A stop will also be made on the way at the Los Jasmines vantage point for you to take some photos of the splendid views. Your visit to the cigar factory, where you’ll find out just how the island’s famous Habanos are rolled, will be followed by a look at some tobacco fields along with a farmer’s house. Moving on, you’ll head for a panoramic look at Viñales village, including a stop at the Dos Hermanas valley to take photos of the huge prehistoric mural that graces the rock face. To round off your day of Cuban discovery, you’ll also visit a local restaurant for a typically Creole lunch. The scenic return drive adds a further highlight to the tour, which comes to a close when you reach the port and your ship.Please note: for MSC Opera guests, this tour is available on 03 and 04 December and on every Sunday. For MSC Armonia guests, this tour is available 22 and 23 November 2016 and on every Wednesday. It not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.For all calls from 18.12.2016 until 20.01.2017, the stop at the cigar factory will be replaced with a visit to a farm and a plantation.
          • BEACH TIME AT SANTA MARIA DEL MAR

            SEA & SUN
            • Lunch or dinner included

            • No guide available

            • Possibility of swimming

            • Limited seats

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

              Difficulty Level
              Moderate

            • Duration
              6:30 h

            • Adult price starting from86Price per person

            • Child price starting from 63Price per person

            CUB09

            As one of 15 beaches that together form the so-called Playas del Este, Santa Maria del Mar is situated in Habana del Este, which in turn constitutes the eastern end of Havana’s greater metropolitan area. After boarding your coach along with your tour guide at the port, an approximately 30-minute transfer will see you reach the beautiful beach complex. You’ll have access to the buffet and beverage service. Remember to take a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to ensure safe enjoyment of the warm Caribbean water, the beach and all the fun it can provide. If you’re feeling energetic, you may even want to shake a leg to the sound of Cuban music or take part in beach games. Your return to the ship then brings your beachy outing to a close.Please note: for MSC Opera guests, this tour is available on 03/04/05 December 2016 and on every Sunday and Monday. For MSC Armonia guests, this tour is available on 21/22/23 and 24 November 2016, on every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with the exception of fallowing cruises, when the tour is run only on Wednesday: AX04, AX06, AX10, AX12, AX14, AX16 and AX19.It is also available on 14 and 15 March 2017.This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available but in limited number.
          • SUN, SEA & SAND AT VARADERO BEACH

            SEA & SUN
            • Long route by bus

            • Lunch or dinner included

            • No guide available

            • Possibility of swimming

            • Limited seats

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

              Difficulty Level
              Moderate

            • Duration
              10 h

            • Adult price starting from109Price per person

            • Child price starting from 99Price per person

            CUB08

            Varadero beach and town are situated in Cuba’s Matanzas Province on a narrow spit of land that stretches up like a protective arm over the Bay of Cardénas, about 2 hours by coach from the port of Havana. Your friendly tour guide will remain on hand throughout to provide assistance and information on places of interest on the way. Your journey to the beach will include a photo stop at Bacunayagua Bridge, which demarks the border between the Mayabeque and Matanzas Provinces. A drive-by look at the towns of Matanzas and Varadero then follows, after which you’ll be able to enjoy all the delights afforded by the 18-km stretch of fine white sand from a local Hotel. The idyllic natural setting and warm, Caribbean water are perfectly complemented by a delicious buffet and drinks. You’ll have about 5 hours to savour the surroundings, go swimming, stroll along the beach, listen to Cuban music or even have a go at beach games – but do take a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect you in the sun. This thoroughly relaxing tour ends with your scenic return journey to the port and your ship.Please note: for MSC Opera guests, this tour is available on 03 and 04 December 2016 and on every Sunday. For MSC Armonia guests, this tour is available 22 and 23 November 2016 and on every Wednesday. It is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available but in limited number.
          • A NIGHT AT THE HABANA CAFÉ

            SOMETHING SPECIAL
            • Tasting included

            • Limited seats

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

              Difficulty Level
              Easy

            • Duration
              4 h

            • Adult price starting from76Price per person

            • Child price starting from 0Price per person

            CUB14

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

            SOMETHING SPECIAL
            • Drink included

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

            • Limited seats

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

              Difficulty Level
              Moderate

            • Duration
              4 h

            • Adult price starting from59Price per person

            • Child price starting from 0Price per person

            CUB05

            Take some time out from the ship and instead prepare to acquaint yourself with what it takes to make fine Cuban cigars and rum, two luxury items for which the island is known the world over. Once aboard the coach along with your helpful tour guide, you’ll head for a nearby cigar factory to witness the entire process of rolling fine Cuban “Habanos” cigars, which involves the nimble fingers of highly skilled rollers known as torcedors. Next up is a panoramic drive along Avenida de los Presidentes, past San Gerónimo University and then down Avenida 23 to reach Plaza de la Revolución. You’ll have some free time at the square to take photos and enjoy the scenery before you continue on the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, with lovely views of the Museum of the Revolution, the harbour-front boulevard and Plaza Francisco de Asis to enjoy on the way. Then it’ll be time for your visit to the Havana Club Museum for a guided tour of the fascinating facilities. After finding out precisely how freshly cut sugarcane ends up as fine, aged rum, you’ll also get to sample some of the popular drink at the end of the guided tour. Free time is also scheduled for you to browse for a souvenir and take photos before your return trip to the ship brings the excursion to a close.Please note: for MSC Opera guests, this tour is available on 03/04/05 December 2016 and on every Sunday and Monday. For MSC Armonia guests, this tour is available on 22/23/24 November 2016, on 15.03.2017 and on every Wednesday and Thursday, with the exception of fallowing cruises, when the tour is run only on Wednesday: AX04, AX06, AX10, AX12, AX14, AX16 and AX19. It is always available in the morning. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. For all calls from 18.12.2016 until 20.01.2017, the stop at the cigar factory will be replaced with a stop at “Marijada del Artesanía”. Guests must be 18 years old to take part in this tour.
          • OLD HAVANA & CANNONBALL CEREMONY

            SOMETHING SPECIAL
            • Lunch or dinner included

            • Limited seats

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

              Difficulty Level
              Moderate

            • Duration
              5 h

            • Adult price starting from82Price per person

            • Child price starting from 59Price per person

            CUB16

            While away a few enjoyable afternoon and evening hours checking out Havana’s atmospheric old city centre, then having dinner and finally enjoying the city’s time-honoured cannonball ceremony. First up is a leisurely stroll through the historical quarter, taking in such sights as St. Francis of Assisi Square, Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja and Cathedral Square, before you then head for a local restaurant for dinner. Suitably refreshed, you’ll then catch views of Morro Castle lighthouse and pass through a tunnel that runs under Havana harbour on your way to San Carlos de la Cabaña, an 18th-century hilltop fortress that was built as a reinforcement to the nearby Morro Castle. During your visit, the guide will provide information on the site, which now hosts various museums. The highlight of your time at the fortress will then be “El Cañonazo de las 9”, an event that dates back to colonial times and involves the ceremonial firing of a cannon at 9 p.m. every night. The tour then draws to a close with the coach ride back to the ship.Please note: for MSC Opera guests, this tour is available on 02/03/04 December 2016 and on every Saturday (only for guests not embarking in Havana) and Sunday. For MSC Armonia guests, this tour is on 21/22/23 November 2016, on every Tuesday and Wednesday, with the exception of fallowing cruises, when the tour is run only on Tuesday: AX04, AX06, AX10, AX12, AX14, AX16 and AX19. It is also available on 14.03.2017. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Since the tour departs at approx. 16:30 hours, it may be dark while visiting some of the sites.
          • THE ONE AND ONLY: TROPICANA CABARET

            SOMETHING SPECIAL
            • Drink included

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

            • Limited seats

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

              Difficulty Level
              Moderate

            • Duration
              4 h

            • Adult price starting from120Price per person

            • Child price starting from 0Price per person

            CUB12B

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

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

          REACH THE PORT

          Port of Havana

          This section contains information on how to reach the port.

          Cruise Terminal:

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

          Reach the port by

          • Plane

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

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


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

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