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Title: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: davidch on September 18, 2013, 01:16:22 AM
Has anybody been to cuba and have any tips on were to stay and what to do (have a friend going there now)
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Mrp alert on September 20, 2013, 06:18:32 AM
I stayed at the NH property http://www.frommers.com/destinations/havana/H46419.html before touring the vibrant Jewish community. Make sure you bring goods for tzedakah.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 17, 2014, 11:35:19 AM
Looks like big changes are afoot...

Anyone else dying to go? JFK-HAV only 10k Avios 8)...

Would make for an epic PhotoDO.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: DMYD on December 17, 2014, 11:41:29 AM


Would make for an epic PhotoDO.
O definitely, Time stopped there in the 70s would love to see how it looks.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: efflpetzel on December 17, 2014, 11:43:54 AM
All I can think of is bringing in Cuban cigars without worry,

Ahhhhh
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 17, 2014, 11:56:21 AM
Looks like big changes are afoot...

Link?
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 17, 2014, 12:01:14 PM
Link?

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/world/americas/us-cuba-relations.html?_r=0&referrer=

Quote
WASHINGTON — The United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cubaand open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century.

In addition, the United States will ease restrictions on remittances, travel and banking relations.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: gavhaller on December 17, 2014, 12:03:30 PM
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/world/americas/us-cuba-relations.html?_r=0&referrer=
Yeah, but it's a process. Just because the hands have shaken, it doesn't mean that we're anywhere near TRUE diplomatic relations.
It might even take years... But I've been dreaming of seeing the "old world"- i think it would be so cool, especially the cars that everyone keep talking about.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 17, 2014, 12:10:14 PM
Yeah, but it's a process. Just because the hands have shaken, it doesn't mean that we're anywhere near TRUE diplomatic relations.
It might even take years... But I've been dreaming of seeing the "old world"- i think it would be so cool, especially the cars that everyone keep talking about.

Of course - note that I didn't say that that JFK-HAV flight is actually bookable ;).

But it's a start, and we might actually be able to visit normally in the not too distance future.

And BTW you could totally go to Cuba now - there are multiple flights per day from YYZ. The catch is that you have to go as an aid worker. There are a couple of tour companies who take groups and do humanitarian work half the time and touring the other half.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Ergel on December 17, 2014, 12:13:07 PM
Of course - note that I didn't say that that JFK-HAV flight is actually bookable ;).

But it's a start, and we might actually be able to visit normally in the not too distance future.

And BTW you could totally go to Cuba now - there are multiple flights per day from YYZ. The catch is that you have to go as an aid worker. There are a couple of tour companies who take groups and do humanitarian work half the time and touring the other half.
The people at my work (who have CA passports) go all the time. Apparently it's a great place to hang out on the beach, drink and smoke pot.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: chucksterace on December 17, 2014, 12:14:26 PM
The people at my work (who have CA passports) go all the time. Apparently it's a great place to hang out on the beach, drink and smoke pot.

Sounds like a great place. Maybe I should make a trip.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: MC on December 17, 2014, 12:14:52 PM
Apparently it's a great place to hang out on the beach, drink and smoke pot.
Sounds just like Venice Beach . . .
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: VacationLover on December 17, 2014, 12:15:54 PM
Sounds like a great place. Maybe I should make a trip.
Who will bail you out if arrested? I mean a Jew is definitely a spy!
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 17, 2014, 12:17:41 PM
Who will bail you out if arrested? I mean a Jew is definitely a spy!
Neh, I know a Jew that goes back and forth. No issues.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: TimT on December 17, 2014, 12:18:27 PM
Who will bail you out if arrested? I mean a Jew is definitely a spy!
Just don't do any work there. Hanging out on the beach should be fine.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: VacationLover on December 17, 2014, 12:20:16 PM
Neh, I know a Jew that goes back and forth. No issues.
NP i just wanted to clarify that i won't help if  there will be a DDF fund to bail him out...
@Hershel I wouldn't be surprised if "you" go to Cuba ;)
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: VacationLover on December 17, 2014, 12:22:03 PM
Just don't do any work there. Hanging out on the beach should be fine.
There is nothing more to do there then in the Caribbean or Porto Rico besides the "adventure"
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: chucksterace on December 17, 2014, 12:23:59 PM
Neh, I know a Jew that goes back and forth. No issues.

Wanna go?
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 17, 2014, 12:25:59 PM
Wanna go?
Yes, but not on my top priority list. North Korea would be more interesting though
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: DMYD on December 17, 2014, 12:26:30 PM
@Hershel I wouldn't be surprised if "you" go to Cuba ;)
Or if he was there already ;)
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 17, 2014, 12:27:50 PM
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/world/americas/us-cuba-relations.html?_r=0&referrer=

Thanks. This is great.

Sounds just like Venice Beach . . .

Lol :)
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: DMYD on December 17, 2014, 12:28:06 PM
Yes, but not on my top priority list. North Korea would be more interesting though <img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/tapatalk-emoji/emoji6.png" />
Why is North Korea more interesting?
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 17, 2014, 12:30:37 PM
Why is North Korea more interesting?
It's the hardest to get to place in the world. And the culture is exotic .

Havana, was always accessible via Panama, and the culture there is not that Unique.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 17, 2014, 12:31:18 PM
It's the hardest to get to place in the world. And the culture is exotic .

Havana, was always accessible via Panama, and the culture there is not that Unique.

And NK is accessible through China. $9 Tickets to boot!
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 17, 2014, 12:31:48 PM
And NK is accessible through China. $9 Tickets to boot!
But close to impossible to obtain a visa
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: DMYD on December 17, 2014, 12:32:53 PM
And NK is accessible through China. $9 Tickets to boot!
How would they treat an American Jew?
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 17, 2014, 12:34:32 PM
When the Jews went to North Korea http://www.jta.org/2011/12/21/news-opinion/world/when-the-jews-went-to-north-korea#.VJG-k2d-CM0.twitter
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 17, 2014, 12:37:48 PM
Jew who visited NK

"A person told me he'd never met a Jew but was taught that Jews were the cleverest people in the world."


http://www.jpost.com/Features/In-Thespotlight/Flashback-American-Jew-recalls-travels-to-N-Korea
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 17, 2014, 12:37:54 PM
But close to impossible to obtain a visa

Many tourist groups arrange them. Probably not much harder than getting a visa to some other visa-hard countries on Americans.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 17, 2014, 12:44:48 PM
It's the hardest to leave place in the world.

FTFY ;)
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 17, 2014, 12:45:52 PM
FTFY ;)
Oh thanks
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 17, 2014, 12:54:49 PM
Best one liners.... @DannyNis: It is no longer cool to say you've been to #Cuba.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: TimT on December 17, 2014, 12:57:58 PM
It's the hardest to get to place in the world. And the culture is exotic .
& now that the 3 year mourning period is over for Kim Jung ill you could really have a blast.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: gavhaller on December 17, 2014, 04:34:31 PM
Has anyone ever volunteered or know of someone who did in Cuba? I'd absolutely love to do that, my wife would probably  kill me though.
Title: how to get to Cuba on points ?
Post by: incendia on December 17, 2014, 06:47:28 PM
If you haven't heard already Pres Obama is changing the US's stance towards Cuba including easing of travel restrictions. My question is what will the best way to get to cuba from the US {specifically NYC} using points?
Title: Re: how to get to Cuba on points ?
Post by: AJK on December 17, 2014, 06:49:01 PM
It just happened.

1. No US airline has announced service at all.
2. I'm not sure if anyone knows yet the practicalities of flying to Cuba now, i.e. will there be visa restrictions, will there be US non-stop flights, etc.
Title: Re: how to get to Cuba on points ?
Post by: incendia on December 17, 2014, 06:54:36 PM
I know early, but I want to start the conversation now so I can visit before it becomes a tourist trap.

there arent any direct flights from the US but partner tickets might become available soon

many Americans travel to Cuba as is I;m pretty sure that they dont need visas (because they cant get any)
Title: Re: how to get to Cuba on points ?
Post by: A3 on December 17, 2014, 07:11:51 PM
I know early, but I want to start the conversation now so I can visit before it becomes a tourist trap.

there arent any direct flights from the US but partner tickets might become available soon

many Americans travel to Cuba as is I;m pretty sure that they dont need visas (because they cant get any)

As soon as there r non stop flights, it will be tourist trap.
Title: Re: how to get to Cuba on points ?
Post by: chff on December 17, 2014, 09:59:03 PM
I know early, but I want to start the conversation now so I can visit before it becomes a tourist trap.

there arent any direct flights from the US but partner tickets might become available soon

many Americans travel to Cuba as is I;m pretty sure that they dont need visas (because they cant get any)
Many travel, you can fly from YUL on Cubana, or YYZ on AC.
They don't stamp your passport (like Israel), and you can only spend cash.
Disclaimer: Travel is not allowed by law, and you could be prosecuted when returning to the US.
You can't buy a ticket on any US site, you will need to buy it on the Canadian version of AC, preferred with a Canadian citizens CC.
(Not taken in today's news)
Title: Re: how to get to Cuba on points ?
Post by: menachem_m on December 18, 2014, 12:33:46 AM
Here's your answer:

Facilitating an expansion of travel under general licenses for the 12 existing categories of travel to Cuba authorized by law-

• General licenses will be made available for all authorized travelers in the following existing categories: (1) family visits; (2) official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations; (3) journalistic activity; (4) professional research and professional meetings; (5) educational activities; (6) religious activities; (7) public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions; (8) support for the Cuban people; (9) humanitarian projects; (10) activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes; (11) exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials; and (12) certain export transactions that may be considered for authorization under existing regulations and guidelines.

• Travelers in the 12 categories of travel to Cuba authorized by law will be able to make arrangements through any service provider that complies with the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations governing travel services to Cuba, and general licenses will authorize provision of such services.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: HarryPotterFan on December 25, 2014, 05:20:51 AM
Sunwing.Ca - they take American bank credit cards and everything  ;)
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Moishy on December 28, 2014, 10:06:56 PM
Just went to Cuba with my wife for Pesach 2014, we loved it.
It is much more interesting than typical south america, because of actual communism etc etc
Very limited internet and phone access to america makes it a real getaway.
Beautiful weather and beaches too. Highly recommended trip if you get the chance.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: TimT on December 28, 2014, 10:08:25 PM
Just went to Cuba with my wife for Pesach 2014, we loved it.
It is much more interesting than typical south america, because of actual communism etc etc
Very limited internet and phone access to america makes it a real getaway.
Beautiful weather and beaches too. Highly recommended trip if you get the chance.
How about a TR ?
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Centro on December 28, 2014, 10:10:33 PM
How about a TR ?
This is probably the censored version..
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: txtmax4 on December 28, 2014, 10:22:21 PM
Been there twice.
An island in time.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: TimT on December 28, 2014, 10:23:35 PM
Been there twice.
An island in time.
Did you drive one of those cars from the 14th century ?
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Moishy on December 28, 2014, 10:50:08 PM
I went via CFCJ in Toronto. Flew from NYC via YYZ.
We flew with about 8 giant suitcases filled with all types of stuff for Pesach and to distribute packages to the Jewish community.

I decided to risk a few vacuum packages of meat which luckily made it thru. Other than meat they wouldn't care to let me bring in pretty much any other food. (we brought in wine, which they decided to allow, milk, tuna, bread etc.)
Convinced the customs that we were a couple going on a honeymoon and needed to bring all our stuff because of Kosher laws. (Friend of mine went in with a case of Gefilte Fish and told them he eats only that, 3 times a day for a month...) got in without trouble, they already know american's can't get a stamp in their passport, but if you aren't american, make sure to tell them not to stamp. They did make me buy some sort of medical insurance plan (a few bucks a day) because US banks, insurance or CCs aren't acceptable there. (this may change based on the latest news). I would suggest to divide up and hide your cash you bring in, in case they have trouble with it etc. Bribes are not allowed, so if you have trouble at customs, they will more likely accept your offer of some of your american food than risk accepting cash, so don't try that. People are really nice, including the guards.

In Cuba there are two currencies, one for locals (CUP?) which is close to worthless, and CUC for foreigners, which is more than 1 USD to the CUC. Taxi drivers and everything else will only accept CUC.

We stayed in a "Casa Particular" in Havana, which is kind of like AirBNB. Basically many people in Cuba rent out the main part of their house, furnished, prices weren't super cheap. These arrangements were made by CFCJ beforehand. There are some nice hotels in Havana, all government owned, but to american standards I believe. We would go to Hotel Melia Cohiba for the WiFi, which was slow, and $14 CUP for 2 hours.

We went primarily to deliver packages to all the Jewish families before Pesach, and to make Sedorim. There are a few functioning Shuls in Havana, one of which I believe may be officially Orthodox. There are signs pointing them out for tourists, we did not risk going there, as the people in charge of the Jewish community there with government connections, have had fallings out over the years with CFCJ (at least in part because they know we don't recognize the conversion of some of the prominent people in the community as Jewish, due to their non Halachic conversion).

Bring food with you, as you can't rely on much being available, even for money. (We spent 2 days looking for an apple for Charoises). There might be some fresh fish available, but it tasted horrible. Eggs, potatoes, tomatoes, bananas, eggplant, cucumber are some of what was available. (people did not know what a hot pepper was).

Always haggle on taxi prices, or souvenirs. In stores prices are generally regulated and marked.
Old Havana is really beautiful. There is a Rum factory which has tours, did not get to check it out. There is a Cigar factory which is only open in the morning hours, also did not get to it. There are plenty beautiful beaches only 20 minute drive from Havana, which you can find relatively empty patches on. You can see the particles of white sand thru the crystal clear blue water. (I have not been to some of the other places out there to compare, but Cuba is legendary for the beaches). Some of the nicest beaches there is in the next city Varadero, like 1.5 hours, and also has hotels and many shops with many foreigners and foreigner prices.

Personally I mainly enjoyed the local culture over the tourist traps. So just walking down streets, is an experience. Literally go back in time a few decades.
People on the street don't all smoke cigars, as they can't afford it. Every guy is ready to hook you up with "brand name" cigars his "brother/friend got from the truck/factory". You can buy proper ones from any normal looking cigar shop or lounge and in the nice hotels.

According to the US, you are still not allowed to go for vacation, but you can go for a number of other reasons: journalism, culture, humanitarian etc. So if you can go legally by applying for permission from the US, go ahead. otherwise you risk the chance of US customs catching you coming back from canada, in which case you will need to fill out the paperwork of what you went for, who paid for your trip and expenses while there etc. Nothing is allowed to be brought back in (don't know yet how this might change) so anything that said cuba on it, was destroyed in front of me, and I had to sign that I witnessed it.

There are awesome cars from the 50s, 60s and 70s all over the place. the taxi drivers will try to get extra for a ride, knowing it is a thrill for foreigners. Did not drive one, but did take some rides in them. :D

The local people can really use the food, so please please bring extra if you are going on your own, and give everything to them when you are done with it. (We served some fried eggplant with a drop of may on top by the Seder, and the people were all excited "how healthy it is" because it contains nutrition. They live on the equivalent of $30 USD a month, regardless of occupation. Unless you are retired, then you get about 11/12. They have little ration books "la librita" which entitles them to a certain amount of certain foods at a discounted rate (read: affordable on their salary). About 1/4 of a chicken per family per 10 days. A certain amount of rice and eggs and bread and milk etc. So with money you can buy as much as you would like. (If you can get a local to do the shopping for those foods for you, it is in the cheaper currency, and won't be extra price for you).
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 28, 2014, 11:12:57 PM
Wow! Awesome TR! Added to the list (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2882.0).

Any pics to share?
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: TimT on December 28, 2014, 11:18:13 PM
Nice, thanks. Pics would be awesome.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Moishy on December 28, 2014, 11:52:39 PM
My first TR.
What type or how many pictures is the norm?
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: smart brit on December 28, 2014, 11:55:30 PM
My first TR.
What type or how many pictures is the norm?
great first tr!
Thanks
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: TimT on December 29, 2014, 12:04:09 AM
My first TR.
What type or how many pictures is the norm?
If you have lots of photos you could split it up by days or places.
As for what type, nice scenery & pics that bring out how different life is over there.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Centro on December 29, 2014, 12:05:44 AM
Very nice!
You keep on repeating how much they'd appreciate food and stuff, they must be in bad shape, I hope it'll become easier on them in the months/years to come.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Moishy on December 29, 2014, 12:13:09 AM
Unfortunately Castro is running a successful communism, and seeing that in real life today is what effects you most, although it was still a very enjoyable trip, it was an experience.

My personal opinion is that although the US plans on making major changes, the Cuban govt has made it clear they have no intention of changing the situation on the ground, so I can't say I have my hopes up.

I would mention that despite the communism, a trip there is not cheap.
Another interesting part of life there, stores are not open early or stay open late.
If you come in to a store at 445, they may not feel like helping you because they close at 5 and want to catch the bus home. They aren't making money off the store being open, so why feel like staying around... They aren't paid to be invested personally in it. LOL

I expected everyone to be all depressed, the way we imagine communist Russia, but apparently that's more of a Russian thing, as Russia still has that feel now, and Cuba the people are very south american attitude and easy going.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: TimT on December 29, 2014, 12:18:19 AM
Were you in any danger at any point ?
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 29, 2014, 12:21:51 AM
Great TR. Post pics using SFs method plz ;)
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Moishy on December 29, 2014, 12:22:31 AM
Not at all.
They were all very welcoming to americans, although English of course is not common.

I am sure if you try hanging out by a military base or some other trouble you can get on their radar, but we weren't doing anything illegal, nobody bothered us.
Felt very safe. Especially because the govt runs a tight ship, people are afraid to commit crime (unless you are in a bad neighborhood at night) so guns, drugs or violent crimes are very low there.

btw, excuse my ignorance, but how do you post pictures here?
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 29, 2014, 12:24:00 AM
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=46084.0.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Moishy on December 29, 2014, 12:37:57 AM
Thanks!
Will post pictures shortly or tomorrow
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: TimT on December 29, 2014, 12:40:29 AM
Thanks!
Will post pictures shortly or tomorrow
Great, looking forward
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on December 29, 2014, 01:24:14 AM
Thanks!
Will post pictures shortly or tomorrow
Amazing TR. Thanks. Added Cuba to my Bucket list
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Moishy on December 29, 2014, 01:33:43 AM
Food we brought to distribute
(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba/10257515_10154037918460697_2941274521998358020_o_zps38b51a2b.jpg)
Food to distribute, in our apt in Havana
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View from our Dining room/porch
(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba/10295207_10154037924380697_8232149960915621446_o_zps0ea4c8ef.jpg)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba/10298474_10154037924695697_3074836080324039672_o_zpse8e6bddb.jpg)

Lobby of Hotel Melia Cohiba
(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba/10014050_10154037975700697_918742816830225562_o_zpsf7838084.jpg)

Price of a small Coffee in a nice shop, 3 CUC
(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba/10257976_10154037915040697_1092428130296406700_o_zpsacf712dc.jpg)

Spotted in a liquor shop around the corner from Hotel Melia Cohiba
(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba/901755_10154037940325697_3819742548847968185_o_zps8a57492f.jpg)

A Pharmacy
(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba/1956930_10154037923345697_1196961284368243432_o_zps2144920a.jpg)
The Pharmacy inside, this is everything they have to offer
(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba/10007364_10154037923615697_3716757179105219902_o_zps29623ec3.jpg)

A fruit store
(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba/1618137_10154037932240697_1152618233288869427_o_zps821e00ef.jpg)

A man selling cigars on the street
(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba/10257892_10154037967525697_1063437933248544230_o_zpsb17f3f5e.jpg)

La Bodeguita del Medio - A cafe in Havana Vieja, a tourist attraction
(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba/10258455_10154037967835697_8746715673677490346_o_zps3138d661.jpg)

Beach "Playa Santa Maria" 20 min from Havana
(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba/1836923_10154037996575697_2329905062939713162_o_zps18c88d7a.jpg)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba/10010297_10154037996995697_4410520634918239709_o_zps5ffb25da.jpg)

The beach in Varadero, 1.5 Hours from Havana
(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba/10257310_10154038001350697_8784116951364419617_o_zps002368bb.jpg)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba/10284630_10154038002885697_2076975779645878311_o_zpsa63ceb1b.jpg)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba/10321165_10154038004050697_2835481781781381611_o_zpsc03535eb.jpg)
Varadero
(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba/10264112_10154038003690697_921628245585921192_o_zps292487a5.jpg)



I have a bunch more of just random scenery, buildings and of course many of the cars :)
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 29, 2014, 07:46:18 AM
The Pharmacy inside, this is everything they have to offer

A fruit store

A man selling cigars on the street

Wow. That place is sad. These pictures are so different than the romantic ones may people come back with.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: txtmax4 on December 29, 2014, 03:39:15 PM
Did you drive one of those cars from the 14th century ?
I drove on a pre-embargo Buick, the owner kept it in great condition, looked like it had just been bought, but from the 60's.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: txtmax4 on December 29, 2014, 03:53:19 PM
I have nice pics but they're all physical, went before the digital era.
Would have to dig them up and scan them or snap pics of them.
If there's a real demand I might do it.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Moishy on December 29, 2014, 09:13:30 PM
Just a bunch of random pictures, not really sorted

The hall we used for the events
(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_10286810_10154037939330697_7621214311358983543_o_zps7ef8e1a6.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/10286810_10154037939330697_7621214311358983543_o_zps7ef8e1a6.jpg.html)

The Capitol building
(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_10005996_10154037949715697_3582661349653189058_o_zpsb3045691.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/10005996_10154037949715697_3582661349653189058_o_zpsb3045691.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_1524202_10154037994415697_7005218160296235243_o_zpsbb5e781a.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/1524202_10154037994415697_7005218160296235243_o_zpsbb5e781a.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_10321210_10154037935065697_3559748704471717688_o_zps9edef6f6.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/10321210_10154037935065697_3559748704471717688_o_zps9edef6f6.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_10272735_10154037913395697_2957177933204481030_o_zpsc0a2409d.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/10272735_10154037913395697_2957177933204481030_o_zpsc0a2409d.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_10317603_10154037922520697_4468546623493399952_o_zpsa16fa30e.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/10317603_10154037922520697_4468546623493399952_o_zpsa16fa30e.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_10007372_10154037923015697_2571669825251718316_o_zps32867e2c.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/10007372_10154037923015697_2571669825251718316_o_zps32867e2c.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_10255947_10154037912830697_3832112902353153041_o_zpsc1d56f9e.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/10255947_10154037912830697_3832112902353153041_o_zpsc1d56f9e.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_1398590_10154037913145697_9140278418609681405_o_zps434ae066.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/1398590_10154037913145697_9140278418609681405_o_zps434ae066.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_859298_10154037938750697_9182500296529945685_o_zps52190117.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/859298_10154037938750697_9182500296529945685_o_zps52190117.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_10298510_10154037941510697_7891955360508162826_o_zpsbab898c2.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/10298510_10154037941510697_7891955360508162826_o_zpsbab898c2.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_10298510_10154037941510697_7891955360508162826_o_zpsbab898c2.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/10298510_10154037941510697_7891955360508162826_o_zpsbab898c2.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_1015457_10154037910445697_1377711832983214071_o_zps8b735b5a.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/1015457_10154037910445697_1377711832983214071_o_zps8b735b5a.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_10298444_10154037966480697_2875537946121807473_o_zps09872fdd.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/10298444_10154037966480697_2875537946121807473_o_zps09872fdd.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_10286809_10154037945355697_731460792245745199_o_zpsa79b4748.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/10286809_10154037945355697_731460792245745199_o_zpsa79b4748.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_10295504_10154037928015697_6870638077959114817_o_zps87ef2e99.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/10295504_10154037928015697_6870638077959114817_o_zps87ef2e99.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_10298444_10154037960675697_1816930445497226301_o_zpsb2ddd11c.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/10298444_10154037960675697_1816930445497226301_o_zpsb2ddd11c.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_10284779_10154037950260697_4111161866103675234_o_zps76aed67d.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/10284779_10154037950260697_4111161866103675234_o_zps76aed67d.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_10013391_10154037951020697_4779255593427165126_o_zps3c7db6d3.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/10013391_10154037951020697_4779255593427165126_o_zps3c7db6d3.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_10272617_10154037950000697_1302926264516725274_o_zps46080011.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/10272617_10154037950000697_1302926264516725274_o_zps46080011.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_1890375_10154037950800697_1903557599407872816_o_zpsee4711dd.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/1890375_10154037950800697_1903557599407872816_o_zpsee4711dd.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_1399670_10154037945855697_8014205597645378460_o_zps90aa8ffa.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/1399670_10154037945855697_8014205597645378460_o_zps90aa8ffa.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_1075410_10154037959870697_2656810621425268197_o_zps39ac9bf1.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/1075410_10154037959870697_2656810621425268197_o_zps39ac9bf1.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_1243949_10154037945045697_4021232411706896752_o_zps5b617c90.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/1243949_10154037945045697_4021232411706896752_o_zps5b617c90.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_856900_10154037960085697_5690086867218488885_o_zps02acc213.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/856900_10154037960085697_5690086867218488885_o_zps02acc213.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_981454_10154037957720697_5013698499484708189_o_zpsd525a9d8.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/981454_10154037957720697_5013698499484708189_o_zpsd525a9d8.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_1973334_10154037984340697_2146270265243558481_o_zps80b2867b.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/1973334_10154037984340697_2146270265243558481_o_zps80b2867b.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_966578_10154038001085697_3720267652918229012_o_zps5cd4e0b1.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/966578_10154038001085697_3720267652918229012_o_zps5cd4e0b1.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_980637_10154037977060697_3926896726968524176_o_zps1c99d559.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/980637_10154037977060697_3926896726968524176_o_zps1c99d559.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_1965526_10154037983750697_1539257647980796223_o_zpsd93b7f87.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/1965526_10154037983750697_1539257647980796223_o_zpsd93b7f87.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_1487898_10154037979125697_4517394830883246779_o_zps0f6eb339.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/1487898_10154037979125697_4517394830883246779_o_zps0f6eb339.jpg.html)

(http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/MoishyDDF/Cuba%20Random/th_1502716_10154037980090697_7293772544287409616_o_zps17542a49.jpg) (http://s1081.photobucket.com/user/MoishyDDF/media/Cuba%20Random/1502716_10154037980090697_7293772544287409616_o_zps17542a49.jpg.html)
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: TimT on December 29, 2014, 09:18:52 PM
I have nice pics but they're all physical, went before the digital era.
Would have to dig them up and scan them or snap pics of them.
If there's a real demand I might do it.
Would like to see them, if it's not too much trouble.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Moishy on December 29, 2014, 09:20:34 PM
I have nice pics but they're all physical, went before the digital era.
Would have to dig them up and scan them or snap pics of them.
If there's a real demand I might do it.
+1
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Moshe123 on December 29, 2014, 09:30:50 PM
Amazing TR!
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: A3 on December 29, 2014, 09:51:52 PM
Awesome
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: txtmax4 on December 29, 2014, 10:31:29 PM
OK, will try to dig them out sometime soon IYH, have to go through some 100 pic envelopes and than do the scanning.

Actually, I'm dreading scanning them, too long..
Anyone have any suggestions to do this on mobile?
Example: The ideal way to do this would be to take a pic of them from my cell and share it. Something as easy as sharing on whatsapp where I can share in bulk, but even one by one (for the ones that need captions) will be faster than scanning, saving, attaching.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: TimT on December 29, 2014, 10:43:34 PM
OK, will try to dig them out sometime soon IYH, have to go through some 100 pic envelopes and than do the scanning.

Actually, I'm dreading scanning them, too long..
Anyone have any suggestions to do this on mobile?
Example: The ideal way to do this would be to take a pic of them from my cell and share it. Something as easy as sharing on whatsapp where I can share in bulk, but even one by one (for the ones that need captions) will be faster than scanning, saving, attaching.
Paging Something Fishy
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 29, 2014, 10:46:50 PM
I have nice pics but they're all physical, went before the digital era.
Would have to dig them up and scan them or snap pics of them.
If there's a real demand I might do it.

Sure if not too hard.

Just a bunch of random pictures, not really sorted

Nice thanks. Do most people have normal cards there and this is attraction or is this the norm?
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Moishy on December 29, 2014, 10:51:13 PM
Do most people have normal cards there and this is attraction or is this the norm?

Many people can't afford a car, or can't afford to run it. Most of them are owned by people who got them from parents or bought them for thousands of dollars, and use them as taxis. But they are quite common, so I am sure many of them aren't taxis. The govt has laws to not allow them sold off the island, so they clearly know what they have, but its pretty normal as you can see from the abundance of pictures of them LOL
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: TimT on December 29, 2014, 10:54:21 PM
I've read that due to the embargo they haven't been able to get new cars or car parts.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Moishy on December 29, 2014, 10:57:44 PM
I've read that due to the embargo they haven't been able to get new cars or car parts.

To some extent that's probably true. Although they do have many many russian cars, especially from the 80s. And I think they had some new buses from China or something.

The embargo mainly has an effect on what they can get from the US, so parts, if they are around in the US would be hard to get. The AC in the hall we rented was broken, waiting on a piece from the US, they expected to wait at least another few months till it would be fixed...
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Centro on December 29, 2014, 11:10:30 PM
Actually, I'm dreading scanning them, too long..
Anyone have any suggestions to do this on mobile?
Example: The ideal way to do this would be to take a pic of them from my cell and share it. Something as easy as sharing on whatsapp where I can share in bulk, but even one by one (for the ones that need captions) will be faster than scanning, saving, attaching.
You can take pics of them with your phone then multi select the photos and upload them to imageshack (Android app) all at once.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: txtmax4 on December 30, 2014, 08:34:16 AM
Can you please send me a safe apk for imageshack, or link to market?
Can't find it in market or Amazon appstore.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Centro on December 30, 2014, 08:42:36 AM
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.codeminders.imageshackdroid (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.codeminders.imageshackdroid)
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: txtmax4 on December 30, 2014, 09:13:46 AM
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.codeminders.imageshackdroid (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.codeminders.imageshackdroid)
Weird, when searching for imageshack I get all different results for similar apps (image related) but no Imageshack.
Upon clicking on your link I get "item not found" and a retry button..

Looks like my phone might have an aversion to that app LOL.
HTC one
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Centro on December 30, 2014, 09:53:00 AM
Try this
https://www.dropbox.com/s/xx44xzexejbbloe/com.codeminders.imageshackdroid.apk?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/xx44xzexejbbloe/com.codeminders.imageshackdroid.apk?dl=0)
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: txtmax4 on December 30, 2014, 10:46:33 AM
Try this
https://www.dropbox.com/s/xx44xzexejbbloe/com.codeminders.imageshackdroid.apk?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/xx44xzexejbbloe/com.codeminders.imageshackdroid.apk?dl=0)
Installed.
Tried to upload a pic by sharing and got
Quote
"There was a data transferring error. Check your network connection and try again".
No connection issues AFAIK. Using same network for other apps on phone and working..
Title: Re: how to get to Cuba on points ?
Post by: Myccrabbi on January 06, 2015, 10:00:24 PM
So what's the cheapest route to get there?
Title: Re: how to get to Cuba on points ?
Post by: JoeCha on January 06, 2015, 10:26:57 PM
So what's the cheapest route to get there?
(http://s11.postimg.org/pgpap9t3n/Capture.png)
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: AWAYD on January 06, 2015, 10:28:27 PM
So i want to go - any ideas - thinking JFK/EWR to Toronto for avios and then Toronto to Hav or Cienfugos.

Any ideas? Heard may be easier to go via Jamaica/Mexico
Title: Re: how to get to Cuba on points ?
Post by: Myccrabbi on January 06, 2015, 10:29:10 PM
(http://s11.postimg.org/pgpap9t3n/Capture.png)
I can get cheaper then that via Mexico that's definitely not the cheapest!
Title: Re: how to get to Cuba on points ?
Post by: JoeCha on January 06, 2015, 10:31:01 PM
I can get cheaper then that via Mexico that's definitely not the cheapest!
Online?
Title: Re: how to get to Cuba on points ?
Post by: Myccrabbi on January 06, 2015, 10:31:26 PM
Online?
Avianca...
Title: Re: how to get to Cuba on points ?
Post by: JoeCha on January 06, 2015, 10:38:30 PM
Avianca...
A little cheaper but you have to route through BOG.
I'd rather spend an extra $100 to fly via YYZ.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: efflpetzel on January 20, 2015, 11:52:20 AM
http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2015/01/20/can-redeem-miles-cuba/
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: solls108 on January 20, 2015, 09:43:54 PM
How long until BA availability?
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: AJK on January 21, 2015, 05:14:15 PM
A year?
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: solls108 on January 21, 2015, 05:44:17 PM
A year?

What are the best 7.5k - 10k BA trips from NYC?
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: AJK on January 21, 2015, 05:45:43 PM
What are the best 7.5k - 10k BA trips from NYC?

Even a modest bit of effort on your part would reveal Dan's many posts on the subject.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: solls108 on January 21, 2015, 05:46:32 PM
Even a modest bit of effort on your part would reveal Dan's many posts on the subject.

I know he does. And I have seen them.

I see your the trip Guru.

I meant to ask in your opinion...
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: AJK on January 21, 2015, 05:56:18 PM
I know he does. And I have seen them.

I see your the trip Guru.

I meant to ask in your opinion...

No guru here. And, in any event, can't do better than he already has done on the subject (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/32877).


Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: solls108 on January 21, 2015, 05:58:27 PM
No guru here. And, in any event, can't do better than he already has done on the subject (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/32877).

I have that link. It lists the point redemptions for each location traveled from each local airport. I asked which one is the best location to visit in your opinion.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 21, 2015, 06:38:34 PM
I have that link. It lists the point redemptions for each location traveled from each local airport. I asked which one is the best location to visit in your opinion.

So why even post that here.. It has nothing to do with Cuba right now..

And in any case, for that question here would be better to post it - http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=20823.0
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: solls108 on January 21, 2015, 11:00:59 PM
So why even post that here.. It has nothing to do with Cuba right now..

And in any case, for that question here would be better to post it - http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=20823.0

You are correct. Posted in that link. Ty.

Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: CS1 on February 26, 2015, 11:55:53 PM
News -- new travel to Cuba opening up: https://www.yahoo.com/travel/cheapair-announces-flights-to-havana-cuba-112116911602.html
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: ual902 on February 27, 2015, 12:26:27 AM
How long until BA availability?

By the time you are able to use BA Avios to Cuba, McDonald's and Starbucks will have already opened up shop in Havana.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: ual902 on February 27, 2015, 01:16:58 AM
Chabad emissaries face shut doors in Havana :-X:


http://www.timesofisrael.com/chabad-emissaries-face-shut-doors-in-havana/
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Ergel on March 30, 2015, 12:39:48 AM
http://forums.redflagdeals.com/rt-toronto-cuba-cheap-all-inclusive-getaways-3-464-4-624-tax-fees-1702817/
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Emkay on March 30, 2015, 07:24:52 AM
http://forums.redflagdeals.com/rt-toronto-cuba-cheap-all-inclusive-getaways-3-464-4-624-tax-fees-1702817/
pretty good deal, to bad i cant fly coach anymore  :)
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Ergel on March 30, 2015, 08:35:18 AM
For a 2 hour flight? Nebach
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Emkay on March 30, 2015, 08:40:35 AM
For a 2 hour flight? Nebach
It is the only downside for me about this whole game.  I realized how deep I was in yesterday when I was looking for a flight from NYC-TLV and turned down a decent option since one leg was only angle flat, instead I'm likely gonna go with 3 stopovers!
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: sky121 on March 30, 2015, 08:59:41 AM
It is the only downside for me about this whole game.  I realized how deep I was in yesterday when I was looking for a flight from NYC-TLV and turned down a decent option since one leg was only angle flat, instead I'm likely gonna go with 3 stopovers!

That's your choice. If the 'discomfort' of having to stop 3 times is better for you than having to lay angle flat then go for it.
I generally prefer one stop. But to each their own.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Emkay on March 30, 2015, 09:05:39 AM


That's your choice. If the 'discomfort' of having to stop 3 times is better for you than having to lay angle flat then go for it.
I generally prefer one stop. But to each their own.

Not a discomfort for me, I enjoy getting out for a day though 3 stops is extreme and I'm looking for other options
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on April 18, 2015, 11:18:38 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2015/04/15/cheapaircom-launches-first-online-bookings-for-us-cuba-flights/25806545/
Title: cuba master thread
Post by: chucksterace on April 18, 2015, 11:40:28 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2015/04/15/cheapaircom-launches-first-online-bookings-for-us-cuba-flights/25806545/

Old news

News -- new travel to Cuba opening up: https://www.yahoo.com/travel/cheapair-announces-flights-to-havana-cuba-112116911602.html
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 01, 2015, 07:55:25 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/06/30/us-cuba-reportedly-to-announce-embassy-openings-wednesday/
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: MosheD on July 01, 2015, 08:49:49 AM
Stumbled upon this today when trying to click thread below. Grrat tr moishy! Appreciate all the effort
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: efflpetzel on July 09, 2015, 03:21:14 PM
http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2015/07/09/heres-what-you-really-need-to-know-when-planning-a-trip-to-cuba/
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2015, 03:30:07 PM
Nothing terribly useful there.

More useful would be which currency to use (LM or SQ probably)
And for our crowd, that you can't bring in most foods and there's little to no kosher food to be bought there.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on October 07, 2015, 07:09:35 PM
Anyone planning to go? We brought back around 80 CUC (equiv. to $80) that we're trying to get rid of.

You'd save the 10% exchange penalty and the 3% fee on those.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 02, 2015, 06:30:10 PM
http://gizmodo.com/sprint-will-be-the-first-american-carrier-to-offer-serv-1740069469
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Brian93 on December 05, 2015, 07:23:03 PM
Any way to book with mileage with any partner airlines through Canada or Mexico?
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 05, 2015, 07:55:19 PM
Any way to book with mileage with any partner airlines through Canada or Mexico?

Copa via PTY on *A, Areomexico via MEX or CUN (good luck with availability). Air Canada flies via YUZ and YUL but doesn't allow mileage redemption on those routes.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 01, 2016, 12:16:49 PM
http://gizmodo.com/cuba-is-finally-getting-home-broadband-1756338203
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 09, 2016, 01:11:36 PM
Apparently Air China flies a 5th freedom route YUL-HAV and back. I checked some random dates and found fares for ~#350 in Y and ~$850 in lie-flat J (773).

Theoretically this should be bookable for 35/60k SQ (UA can't book to HAV).

Cuban visa is included in the price and gets picked up at the gate.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: G11600 on February 09, 2016, 02:42:16 PM
Apparently Air China flies a 5th freedom route YUL-HAV and back. I checked some random dates and found fares for ~#350 in Y and ~$850 in lie-flat J (773).

Theoretically this should be bookable for 35/60k SQ (UA can't book to HAV).

Cuban visa is included in the price and gets picked up at the gate.

See review here

http://gossipmiles.com/2016/01/23/air-china-yul-hav-j/
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Emkay on March 16, 2016, 03:44:02 AM
http://www.euronews.com/2016/03/16/cuba-reports-first-zika-case-contracted-in-the-country/
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: yitzyul on March 16, 2016, 04:29:41 PM
Starwoods coming to Cuba soon?

http://www.travelmarketreport.com/articles/Starwood-Marriott-Individual-Travelers-Line-Up-As-Tourism-Floodgates-Open-In-Cuba
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: yitzyul on March 19, 2016, 11:30:59 PM
Starwoods coming to Cuba soon?

http://www.travelmarketreport.com/articles/Starwood-Marriott-Individual-Travelers-Line-Up-As-Tourism-Floodgates-Open-In-Cuba

I guess it is happening.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-hotel-company-starwood-run-3-cuban-hotels-000320663--finance.html


(Hmmm…Chinese owned getting approval in communist Cuba)
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: CS1 on March 20, 2016, 08:33:15 PM
I guess it is happening.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-hotel-company-starwood-run-3-cuban-hotels-000320663--finance.html


(Hmmm…Chinese owned getting approval in communist Cuba)

Lets take guesses on which categories these 3 SPG hotels will be. I'm assuming cat 3 & 4. I want to book with cash and points.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: yitzyul on April 01, 2016, 11:39:28 AM
I really want to go to Cuba for a few days and need some help as don't even know where to start. Ideally want to go from sun-fri so I don't have to stay over Shabbos (dunno if that's possible as I have to either fly from NY to either Canada or Cancun and then will take away some days) , because if Im correct there aren't really any kosher food or orthodox shuls etc.
I emailed Chabad that's affiliated with Cuba and they didn't reply to any of my emails.
I am wondering about where to stay?
How to get around? nice quite beaches would be nice?
Meet some of local Jewish community etc.
What to do about kosher as I was told cant really bring much in etc

If anyone who was there can help me out would appreciate it.

Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on April 01, 2016, 12:24:40 PM
I really want to go to Cuba for a few days and need some help as don't even know where to start. Ideally want to go from sun-fri so I don't have to stay over Shabbos (dunno if that's possible as I have to either fly from NY to either Canada or Cancun or Panama and then will take away some days or you could book on Sun Country Air from MIA and save a lot of time, but it won't be cheap) , because if Im correct there aren't really any kosher food correct or orthodox shuls etc and correct.
I emailed Chabad that's affiliated with Cuba and they didn't reply to any of my emails.
I am wondering about where to stay? Airbnb has many options, and there are hotels as well. Most are garbage, but the Hotel Parque Central is stunning (and has a price tag to match).
How to get around? Mostly walk around Old Havana, take a classic convertible tour (around $30-40/hour) to the further spots (revolution Square and the like), and a taxi to/from the airport and if you want to go outside of Havana nice quite beaches would be nice? Varedero is supposed to be stunning.
Meet some of local Jewish community etc. Easier said than done. Before I went I read that "they'll find you, don't look for them", and so it was.
What to do about kosher as I was told cant really bring much in etc We could have walked a live cow through and no one would have stopped us. Obviously YMMV. Canned fish from a "national brand" (their words) is allowed in. Other than that, wraps, PB/J, tradition soups, snacks, etc. are not a problem. Fruits and veggies are available all around town, but be prepared for somewhat low quality.

If anyone who was there can help me out would appreciate it.

See in red above.

Also:

- How are you going? It is illegal to go for tourism and you need to fit one of 12 classes as defined by the government. The big change that opened the floodgates is that you can no self-certify that you fit in a class, and so anyone could be a journalist (for example) if they have a blog. Used to be you needed legit press credentials.

Now the fact is that no one has gotten into too much legal trouble over visiting Cuba in years, but you do need to have your paperwork in order. Upon return in JFK, the guy I went with got interrogated for 45 minutes in a back room. Had his papers not been in order he would have been in potential hot water.

That brings me to my next point - if you go as a journalist, you could officially only do journalism-related things. That means that if we had gone to the beach, customs would have found my friend's sandy bathing suit and the whole tower of cards would have come tumbling down (and yes, they went through his luggage with a microscope).

Now of course the chances of this happening is very small (no Global Entry, over-zealous agent, connecting a sand to "illegal actvities", and so on), but is it worth it? There are nicer beaches in other places; go to Cuba for the people and culture, and the stopped time. Swim in MIA.

 - Try to get out of the city. Havana is incredible and all that, but you'd want to see some other aspects of the country. Trinidad de Cuba is a very popular 2-day trip, and I HIGHLY recommend spending a day in Vinales. Unbelievable place.

- If you want to do a tour in a classic convertible (and you should!), don't get them near the Capitolio. Flag one down on the Melecon instead, you'll pay half or less.

- Drink drink drink! 3-4 liters a day, at least. Get a Hydroflask, you'll be grateful you did. Don't drink tap water (unless you like cholera), get bottled water in the store (pronounce it "aqua fria en botehya" or else no one will know what you want).
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Brian93 on April 01, 2016, 02:19:42 PM
They usually don't stamp American passports, so I didn't have any issue coming back through Canada
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: yitzyul on April 01, 2016, 02:23:04 PM
TY Something Fishy! At least now I have from where to start.

I'm still trying to find some fo the Jewish organizations that help out our brethren, so that maybe I can bring items that are needed and so forth....
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on April 10, 2016, 01:05:35 AM
http://m.chabadkeys.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/3268723/jewish/Cuba-Trip.htm
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: chevron on April 10, 2016, 01:10:45 AM
Id go with my israeli passport but not from or returning to USA, I read about trips people took to cuba from other Caribbean islands..

The issue with group trips is, chabad one for example is too short, too little done and they are mega expensive
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on April 10, 2016, 01:15:51 AM
too short, too little done and they are mega expensive

+1000
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: chevron on April 10, 2016, 01:24:07 AM
3000$ a person for 3 nights and not 4 days is beyond my scope of understanding,

Bnaoi brith had a trip at 3k for 5 nights in cuba 1 night in miami, but as I was not interested in the miami night and they would not deduct it and kosher food was not an option I bailed, plus I was not really crazy about the whole bb shpiel

Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: VacationLover on April 11, 2016, 02:07:18 PM
See in red above.

Also:

- How are you going? It is illegal to go for tourism and you need to fit one of 12 classes as defined by the government. The big change that opened the floodgates is that you can no self-certify that you fit in a class, and so anyone could be a journalist (for example) if they have a blog. Used to be you needed legit press credentials.

Now the fact is that no one has gotten into too much legal trouble over visiting Cuba in years, but you do need to have your paperwork in order. Upon return in JFK, the guy I went with got interrogated for 45 minutes in a back room. Had his papers not been in order he would have been in potential hot water.

That brings me to my next point - if you go as a journalist, you could officially only do journalism-related things. That means that if we had gone to the beach, customs would have found my friend's sandy bathing suit and the whole tower of cards would have come tumbling down (and yes, they went through his luggage with a microscope).

Now of course the chances of this happening is very small (no Global Entry, over-zealous agent, connecting a sand to "illegal actvities", and so on), but is it worth it? There are nicer beaches in other places; go to Cuba for the people and culture, and the stopped time. Swim in MIA.

 - Try to get out of the city. Havana is incredible and all that, but you'd want to see some other aspects of the country. Trinidad de Cuba is a very popular 2-day trip, and I HIGHLY recommend spending a day in Vinales. Unbelievable place.

- If you want to do a tour in a classic convertible (and you should!), don't get them near the Capitolio. Flag one down on the Melecon instead, you'll pay half or less.

- Drink drink drink! 3-4 liters a day, at least. Get a Hydroflask, you'll be grateful you did. Don't drink tap water (unless you like cholera), get bottled water in the store (pronounce it "aqua fria en botehya" or else no one will know what you want).
When are you coming out with your TR? I mean... Didn't you go for Journalism? ;)
And a piece of advice: When you do get to write it up, please write it yourself because if you will do it together with ... It will take a few years till it will be posted  ;D
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on April 11, 2016, 02:09:55 PM
When are you coming out with your TR? I mean... Didn't you go for Journalism? ;)
And a piece of advice: When you do get to write it up, please write it yourself because if you will do it together with ... It will take a few years till it will be posted  ;D

;D ;D ;D

I think I'll do the writing and have the others just add pictures and notes on their own time :P.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on April 17, 2016, 12:53:45 PM
I am going the week after Pesach.

Something Fishy would love to see your report.

We plan on spending 2 days in Havana - booking through Airbnb and another day and half in Trinidad. I also plan to scuba dive in the Bay of Pigs.

I plan on renting a car there. Is that wise? Trinidad is far and I like to have my own wheels so I can control the schedule. In Trinidad itself there are slim pickings on Airbnb. As per  Lonely planet there's no reason not to just book something when I get there. Is that crazy? I am going with friends and not my wife and kids so that does make things easier  :)
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on April 17, 2016, 01:49:50 PM
Something Fishy would love to see your report.

So would I :))... No way that it'll be done by then.

I plan on renting a car there. Is that wise?

NO!

Do not rent a car in Cuba. Other than the obvious - the terrilbe, unmarked roads, the old, beaten up and problem-prone cars - if you get in to any kind of accident, even a minor fender-bender, you cannot leave the country until it's resolved. And with Cuban bureaucracy, that often takes months. And if your determined to be a flight risk, you get free lodging for the duration in the local jail.

So, hire a driver or take the bus.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on April 17, 2016, 01:55:06 PM
For anyone going, I have around 50 CUC left over. You'll save 13% vs. getting it in Cuba.

Please PM if you want it (no reason you shouldn't, if you're going ;D).
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on April 17, 2016, 11:48:05 PM
So would I :))... No way that it'll be done by then.

NO!

Do not rent a car in Cuba. Other than the obvious - the terrilbe, unmarked roads, the old, beaten up and problem-prone cars - if you get in to any kind of accident, even a minor fender-bender, you cannot leave the country until it's resolved. And with Cuban bureaucracy, that often takes months. And if your determined to be a flight risk, you get free lodging for the duration in the local jail.

So, hire a driver or take the bus.
So glad you are warning me about the car rental. I am definitely going to cancel my reservation. Wow. Do you know of any reasonable drivers for getting around?

Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on April 18, 2016, 12:04:42 AM
So glad you are warning me about the car rental. I am definitely going to cancel my reservation. Wow. Do you know of any reasonable drivers for getting around?

I need to find his info, I'll post it in a bit.

In the meantime, what's your routing?
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on April 18, 2016, 12:08:51 AM
I need to find his info, I'll post it in a bit.

In the meantime, what's your routing?
Flying on United EWR to Nassau and then connecting 3 hours later on Cubana to Havana. I know Cubana doesn't have a great reputation but it's a short flight and hoping all will work out. Return is through Cancun. Cubana to Cancun and then Dynamic airways to JFK. Total ticket cost was 610 so not to crazy.

I didn't want to go in through Mexico as I was told I'd have to clear Mexican customs and I didn't want issues with my food. This way I just have the Cubans to worry about.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on April 18, 2016, 12:30:54 AM
Flying on United EWR to Nassau and then connecting 3 hours later on Cubana to Havana. I know Cubana doesn't have a great reputation but it's a short flight and hoping all will work out. Return is through Cancun. Cubana to Cancun and then Dynamic airways to JFK. Total ticket cost was 610 so not to crazy.

I didn't want to go in through Mexico as I was told I'd have to clear Mexican customs and I didn't want issues with my food. This way I just have the Cubans to worry about.

Wish I could've gotten a chance to fly Cubana, but they aren't exactly in *A yet ;D...

Have your affidavit and visa info sorted out yet?
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on April 18, 2016, 12:42:33 AM
So glad you are warning me about the car rental. I am definitely going to cancel my reservation. Wow. Do you know of any reasonable drivers for getting around?

Email Elvis at noe72@nauta.cu. We hired him to take us to Vinales for the day and were very happy. Very fun guy.

Plus he drives a smashing '53 Dodge:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/775/20442423363_c67cd16c5a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/x9qLge)

You won't find too many cars that use a dipstick and a hole in the trunk to gauge fuel, but have a dash-mounted TV .

Now as far as Trinidad, are you sure you want to do that? Personally, I would recommend Vinales instead. Aside from being closer to Havana, it's radically different as well. Trinidad is lovely, but is still quite similar to Havana. Old cars, colorful buildings, and the like. Sure there's more of a country feel and the cobblestones add a unique charm, but it's not a world apart. Vinales on the other hand is 180 degrees from Havana. Rural, more oxen and donkeys than cars, stunning little towns and farmhouses, and astonishing natural beauty (see above picture).

Trinidad is a different flavor of Havana; Vinales is a completely different world.

Think about it.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on April 18, 2016, 11:04:36 AM
Definitely going to give Vinales some thought. Looks really cool. I don't see how I'd get in the scuba diving that way however the trip isn't about the diving!

I didn't do any work on the affidavit. I was under the impression I can self license my "support for the Cuban people" trip. What do I need to do beforehand?

I am game for a ride in that car  :) Hard to beat - I sent him an email.


Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: yitzyul on May 07, 2016, 10:12:29 PM
Definitely going to give Vinales some thought. Looks really cool. I don't see how I'd get in the scuba diving that way however the trip isn't about the diving!

I didn't do any work on the affidavit. I was under the impression I can self license my "support for the Cuban people" trip. What do I need to do beforehand?

I am game for a ride in that car  :) Hard to beat - I sent him an email.

When are you going, because would love some tips? SOmething Fishy helped allot but I'm still so lost. I am looking to go in a few weeks hopefully If I can figure out logistics and stuff as I am horrible at it!
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: yitzyul on May 10, 2016, 12:56:31 PM
Would 3.5 days be enough in cuba , just to see the sights and possibly some beach (and of course meet the Jewish community) or do I need more time? I was thinking of possibly going via a one day stopover in Panama and still want to be back before Shabbos?
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 10, 2016, 01:11:19 PM
Would 3.5 days be enough in cuba , just to see the sights and possibly some beach (and of course meet the Jewish community) or do I need more time? I was thinking of possibly going via a one day stopover in Panama and still want to be back before Shabbos?

That was exactly my schedule, totally doable. I hope to go back for longer in the fall/early winter, but 3.5 days on the ground is definitely enough to see the sights.

You may want to be careful about the beach (see my post here (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=32472.msg1447995#msg1447995)).
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 10, 2016, 02:11:58 PM
That was exactly my schedule, totally doable. I hope to go back for longer in the fall/early winter, but 3.5 days on the ground is definitely enough to see the sights.

You may want to be careful about the beach (see my post here (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=32472.msg1447995#msg1447995)).
+1 we had 3 days and felt it was adequate as well. That being said I would totally go back.

I wouldn't bother with the beaches there unless you have a lot of time as you can go to the beach anywhere. My opinion would be not to spend Shabbos there and just skip the beach. It's really hot there now so you may be better off not being there Shabbos in any case.

Regarding getting there you can route through the Bahamas, Mexico or the Cayman islands. Check the national carrier for each of those countries and see when they fly etc. Interjet also flies from Cancun. Your best bet will likely be Cancun.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 10, 2016, 02:39:00 PM
Don't forget the Air China flight from YUL, I saw some really good rates this week.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: yitzyul on May 10, 2016, 02:55:29 PM

Regarding getting there you can route through the Bahamas, Mexico or the Cayman islands. Check the national carrier for each of those countries and see when they fly etc. Interjet also flies from Cancun. Your best bet will likely be Cancun.
Is there a reason why not to fly directly there from either NY (very limited flights) or Miami? is that because of cost? or afraid of not getting pre check?

Problem is that any routing options I find, I now want to go there as well  ;)....Copa had with stop in Panama now I wondering if 1 day in Panama is enough..lol...Thru Cayman Islands....Yikes I will need a few day stopover and im trying to do everything within 1 week to avoid shabbos
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: yitzyul on May 10, 2016, 04:41:00 PM
That was exactly my schedule, totally doable. I hope to go back for longer in the fall/early winter, but 3.5 days on the ground is definitely enough to see the sights.

You may want to be careful about the beach (see my post here (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=32472.msg1447995#msg1447995)).

Did you book that using miles? copa Via united over the phone? online they don't allow to HAV.  and can that be considered a stopover so its only 30K on J?
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 10, 2016, 05:15:06 PM
Did you book that using miles? copa Via united over the phone? online they don't allow to HAV.  and can that be considered a stopover so its only 30K on J?

United can't book HAV, even through the Mexico office. We used 60k SQ for RT J on Copa.

Being that CM J is basically UA domestic F, you may want to consider using 35k SQ for Y instead.

Either way, you also get a free domestic stopover with SQ.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: yitzyul on May 10, 2016, 08:27:12 PM
Being that CM J is basically UA domestic F, you may want to consider using 35k SQ for Y instead.

Either way, you also get a free domestic stopover with SQ.

Can I book SQ all the way to HAV or only to Panama? If yes I check availability on Copa?
If only to Panama,  tickets from Panama-HAV are ridiculous expensive unless I purchase from NY
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 10, 2016, 09:05:22 PM
Can I book SQ all the way to HAV or only to Panama? If yes I check availability on Copa?
If only to Panama,  tickets from Panama-HAV are ridiculous expensive unless I purchase from NY

All the way through. Check availability on Lifemiles (select Copa, don't rely on the auto feature).
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: yitzyul on May 11, 2016, 05:49:59 PM
All the way through. Check availability on Lifemiles (select Copa, don't rely on the auto feature).
I know I'm getting off topic, so hopefully last one. If availability on Lifemiles I transfer SPG to SQ (or is there another points that I can use?) then call SQ to book? and how do I add an extra leg?  I would book JFK-PTY-HAV   HAV-PTY-JFK-LAX (a few months out)?
 Im assuming the amount of miles Lifemiles is quoting would be less with SQ?

Thanks tons for all your help!
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 11, 2016, 05:55:03 PM
I know I'm getting off topic, so hopefully last one. If availability on Lifemiles I transfer SPG to SQ (or is there another points that I can use?) then call SQ to book? and how do I add an extra leg?  I would book JFK-PTY-HAV   HAV-PTY-JFK-LAX (a few months out)?
 Im assuming the amount of miles Lifemiles is quoting would be less with SQ?

Thanks tons for all your help!

MR and UR transfer to SQ as well.

For the stopover you book JFK-PTY-HAV//HAV-PTY-JFK//NYC-XXX.

I think that LM will be the same amount as SQ, but it doesn't matter. You just need availability from there, but the price.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on May 11, 2016, 06:11:44 PM
MR and UR transfer to SQ as well.

For the stopover you book JFK-PTY-HAV//HAV-PTY-JFK//NYC-XXX.

I think that LM will be the same amount as SQ, but it doesn't matter. You just need availability from there, but the price.
Do I have to do that on the phone for the stopover? as well as to extend the stopover in PTY?  If yes easier with Life miles or SQ?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 11, 2016, 06:13:08 PM
Do I have to do that on the phone for the stopover? as well as to extend the stopover in PTY?  If yes easier with Life miles or SQ?

Partners always have to be booked on the phone with SQ. No idea if LM is better or worse, I've never really looked into it.

What do you mean "extend the stopover on PTY"?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on May 11, 2016, 06:16:09 PM
Partners always have to be booked on the phone with SQ. No idea if LM is better or worse, I've never really looked into it.

What do you mean "extend the stopover on PTY"?

Online was only allowing a short stopover and wasn't allowing me an option to stay longer in PTY.  If I have to do it over the phone anyway Its a non-issue.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on May 12, 2016, 10:11:25 PM
Partners always have to be booked on the phone with SQ. No idea if LM is better or worse, I've never really looked into it.

What do you mean "extend the stopover on PTY"?

Can you do it on a one way such as, HAV-PTY-JFK//NYC-XXX?
and if the nyc-xxx? route does not show business availability do you go on waiting list?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 12, 2016, 10:22:30 PM
Can you do it on a one way such as, HAV-PTY-JFK//NYC-XXX?
and if the nyc-xxx? route does not show business availability do you go on waiting list?

Adding a stop over to a one way costs $100.

If there's no availability book a random date and pay the $20 change fee once it opens.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on May 16, 2016, 04:36:15 PM
Adding a stop over to a one way costs $100.

If there's no availability book a random date and pay the $20 change fee once it opens.

There are some cheap tickets via Cuban airlines which is kinda scary to fly. Have you ever flown interjet? they have some cheap tickets via CUN.

I found on Copa for $550 so prob doesn't pay to use miles for that
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on May 24, 2016, 06:18:00 PM
If I bring along food do the apt (Casa) have fridge and ovens to warm up the food?
Casa or Airbnb?
 Or better off not brining perishables which will make the trick a bit harder?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 24, 2016, 06:19:37 PM
If I bring along food do the apt (Casa) have fridge and ovens to warm up the food?
Casa or Airbnb?
 Or better off not brining perishables which will make the trick a bit harder?

I used airbnb.

Some places have a fridge and an oven, some don't. Just like anything else.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 24, 2016, 06:22:07 PM
For anyone going, I have around 50 CUC left over. You'll save 13% vs. getting it in Cuba.

Please PM if you want it (no reason you shouldn't, if you're going ;D).

Sold
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on May 24, 2016, 11:20:57 PM
I used airbnb.

Some places have a fridge and an oven, some don't. Just like anything else.
Did you base out of Havana and travel around on day trips or moved from place to place?
What else do you recommend besides Venalos for a day trip?
Thanks
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 24, 2016, 11:36:18 PM
Did you base out of Havana and travel around on day trips or moved from place to place?
What else do you recommend besides Venalos for a day trip?
Thanks

We stayed in one place in Havana and went to Vinales for 12 hours or so. No need to "travel around" really, Havana is where you want to be.

Other than Vinales many people go to Trinidad for a day or two, but for reasons I've outlined upthread, I think Vinales is the better option of the two (and Fan of Dan agrees with me, now that's he's done it as well).
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on May 24, 2016, 11:50:08 PM
We stayed in one place in Havana and went to Vinales for 12 hours or so. No need to "travel around" really, Havana is where you want to be.

Other than Vinales many people go to Trinidad for a day or two, but for reasons I've outlined upthread, I think Vinales is the better option of the two (and Fan of Dan agrees with me, now that's he's done it as well).
I reserved the same drive to take me to Vinales as well.
Where in Havana do you recommend….the old city or anywhere n particular?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 24, 2016, 11:51:12 PM
I reserved the same drive to take me to vin ales as well.
Where in Havana do you recommend….the old city or anywhere n particular?

Old city is best.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on June 03, 2016, 10:44:35 AM
Old city is best.

Something Fishy I PM you.
TY
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on June 16, 2016, 11:07:36 AM
https://www.aa.com/i18n/urls/cuba.jsp?anchorLocation=DirectURL&title=visitcuba

Here come the rabble :'(...

(I guess since HAV is not yet bookable there's still some hope for a bit.)
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on June 16, 2016, 11:20:44 AM
https://www.aa.com/i18n/urls/cuba.jsp?anchorLocation=DirectURL&title=visitcuba

Here come the rabble :'(...

(I guess since HAV is not yet bookable there's still some hope for a bit.)

It s not new. Jet Blue also has but you have to book those flights thru a charter company which adds on the fees.

BTW I had an amazing time there, and Highly recommend it. Thanks for all your help!
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on June 16, 2016, 11:28:39 AM
It s not new. Jet Blue also has but you have to book those flights thru a charter company which adds on the fees.

BTW I had an amazing time there, and Highly recommend it. Thanks for all your help!

The fact that's it's bookable on AA directly (cash and miles) is the big thing here.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: mena613 on June 26, 2016, 06:42:02 AM

Why do the cubans not just buy there cars from other south american countries ?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on June 26, 2016, 11:25:22 AM
Why do the cubans not just buy there cars from other south american countries ?

They do, it's not all old cars.

I'd call it around 40% classic American cars, 30% old junk (Russian Ladas and the like), and 30% regular cars, mostly European and Korean.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: bluestrings on July 03, 2016, 09:44:49 AM
Do U.S. Citizens need visas? Where and how can I get one? I booked tix for September.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on July 07, 2016, 10:58:04 AM
https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/Havana_Fact_Sheet_Show_Cause_Order_0.pdf

Flights to HAV.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on July 26, 2016, 06:06:47 PM
Do U.S. Citizens need visas? Where and how can I get one? I booked tix for September.
No. You need to go for one of the 12 so called reasons.

The airline should sell you a "visitor" stamp for $15 before you board the flight. This is just a fee for Cuba to make money.

I went thru customs on both sides and nobody even looked at me.
You will have a great time in Cuba
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on July 28, 2016, 10:23:23 PM
JB starting $99 OW flights to Cuba in a month.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on July 28, 2016, 10:27:11 PM
Even that is high for the 30 minute flight.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 15, 2016, 02:18:33 AM
Trip report is live (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=65070.0)
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on August 22, 2016, 11:44:47 PM
If anyone is interested I have $190 Cuc available for a swap for USD. That will save you the 10% USD penalty.

PM if you need!
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: CholentTheTraveler on September 27, 2016, 11:47:08 PM
Trip report is live (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=65070.0)
How did you hook up such a sweet ride? Thinking of going in January...
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on September 27, 2016, 11:48:34 PM
How did you hook up such a sweet ride? Thinking of going in January...

Email Elvis at noe72@nauta.cu. We hired him to take us to Vinales for the day and were very happy. Very fun guy.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 28, 2016, 12:42:26 AM
If anyone is interested I have $190 Cuc available for a swap for USD. That will save you the 10% USD penalty.

PM if you need!
How did you and SF both leave the country with extra money?!?! By the time we left we were totally strapped for cash. We clearly weren't used to how much of a cash society Cuba really is.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on September 28, 2016, 01:10:47 AM
How did you and SF both leave the country with extra money?!?! By the time we left we were totally strapped for cash. We clearly weren't used to how much of a cash society Cuba really is.

There supposedly is a 25CUC departure tax which could only be paid in cash, so we each put that amount aside. We were never made to pay any tax in the end, so we came home with 75CUC between us.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 30, 2016, 01:01:47 AM
There supposedly is a 25CUC departure tax which could only be paid in cash, so we each put that amount aside. We were never made to pay any tax in the end, so we came home with 75CUC between us.
I guess we were lucky there was no tax :) We did have minimal USD we could have always changed in a pinch.



Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: latke on November 07, 2016, 12:50:42 PM
Hi! I am going to Havana with a friend next month- I saw Something Fishy's post suggesting Elvis as a tour guide for Vinales and emailed him, but his responses are very short, and it's been a week and I don't have much more info than when i started :)  I inquired about a tour, and he replied simply "ok".  Then I asked the price and was told 150CUC- unsure if that's for 2 or 1.  Would you be so kind as to give a little more detail about Elvis and the tour?  Did he meet you somewhere in Havana?  Was he reliable?  How did you stay in contact once you arrived in Cuba?  Thanks so much!!

Email Elvis at noe72@nauta.cu. We hired him to take us to Vinales for the day and were very happy. Very fun guy.

Plus he drives a smashing '53 Dodge.

You won't find too many cars that use a dipstick and a hole in the trunk to gauge fuel, but have a dash-mounted TV .

Now as far as Trinidad, are you sure you want to do that? Personally, I would recommend Vinales instead. Aside from being closer to Havana, it's radically different as well. Trinidad is lovely, but is still quite similar to Havana. Old cars, colorful buildings, and the like. Sure there's more of a country feel and the cobblestones add a unique charm, but it's not a world apart. Vinales on the other hand is 180 degrees from Havana. Rural, more oxen and donkeys than cars, stunning little towns and farmhouses, and astonishing natural beauty (see above picture).

Trinidad is a different flavor of Havana; Vinales is a completely different world.

Think about it.
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 07, 2016, 12:59:49 PM
Hi! I am going to Havana with a friend next month- I saw Something Fishy's post suggesting Elvis as a tour guide for Vinales and emailed him, but his responses are very short, and it's been a week and I don't have much more info than when i started :)  I inquired about a tour, and he replied simply "ok".  Then I asked the price and was told 150CUC- unsure if that's for 2 or 1.  Would you be so kind as to give a little more detail about Elvis and the tour?  Did he meet you somewhere in Havana?  Was he reliable?  How did you stay in contact once you arrived in Cuba?  Thanks so much!!

He's not a tour guide, he's a taxi driver who happens to know his way around Vinales. But he won't give you lectures about the history or whatnot, he'll just drive you to interesting spots. (In fact he was more interested in pointing out pretty ladies as we drove along, and couldn't for the life of him understand why we were taking pictures of the scenery instead .)

150CUC sounds about right, we paid 120 but what with tourism exploding it makes sense that the price went up. We paid for his time and car, not per person.

We didn't need to be in contact with him. We met him on the street, struck up a conversation, and made up to meet at the same spot at a given time. I suggest you make up a time and place to meet and hope he shows up. This is Cuba, things are more fluid here...

We found Elvis reliable, great fun, and very good at dispensing bribes to keep his passengers out of jail. But that story will have to wait .

ETA: Re. reliability - when we were done with Vinales we made up to have him take us to the airport at the end of our trip, but he never showed up. I don't know if that was a communication issue (maybe he came the wrong day?) or something else. So I wouldn't call him 100% reliable, I suppose...
Title: Re: cuba master thread
Post by: yitzyul on November 07, 2016, 02:17:30 PM

150CUC sounds about right, we paid 120 but what with tourism exploding it makes sense that the price went up. We paid for his time and car, not per person.

ETA: Re. reliability - when we were done with Vinales we made up to have him take us to the airport at the end of our trip, but he never showed up. I don't know if that was a communication issue (maybe he came the wrong day?) or something else. So I wouldn't call him 100% reliable, I suppose...

Prices have gone up allot. There is hardly no email or internet service in Cuba, that's why he hardly responds. I actually got his phone number and he was a no show. The Casa I stayed in hooked me with a driver (who spoke limited English) (who brought along a "translator" friend for free) and I paid $180 CUC. IT was well worth it and I ended up using him 3 straight days. They were so funny and so much fun that they were the highlights of the trip and thanks to them we had a blast, that Im dying to go back. (I dont know if they work as a team or the friend just came because his car was broken, we did tip him as well). I might have their number but you can only really communicate with them once in Cuba.

I do have $190 CUC if you are interested.
Word of advice: Bring tons of CASH   
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on November 07, 2016, 02:20:42 PM
There supposedly is a 25CUC departure tax which could only be paid in cash, so we each put that amount aside. We were never made to pay any tax in the end, so we came home with 75CUC between us.

It is now included in the price of the ticket. You only have to pay $25 tourist visa which the airline sell's you at the gate before departing. You do need medical insurance that specifys that they cover Cuba. Nobody stopped me to check, but well worth to have and was cheap.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 07, 2016, 02:29:03 PM
It is now included in the price of the ticket. You only have to pay $25 tourist visa which the airline sell's you at the gate before departing. You do need medical insurance that specifys that they cover Cuba. Nobody stopped me to check, but well worth to have and was cheap.

Interesting about the tax, good to know.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 07, 2016, 03:02:34 PM
Just testing the waters here... Anyone interested in a photography workshop in December? Jetblue JFK-HAV is 3.5k miles each way.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 07, 2016, 11:13:33 PM
Has anyone taken POM meals or the like recently?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on November 13, 2016, 01:53:20 AM
Has anyone taken POM meals or the like recently?
I took, and had no problems. The Casa Lady warmed them up on the oven for me. Find out before you go if the place will have a microwave or oven. I found most had microwaves but ovens were far and few
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 13, 2016, 01:54:32 AM
I took, and had no problems. The Casa Lady warmed them up on the oven for me. Find out before you go if the place will have a microwave or oven. I found most had microwaves but ovens were far and few

Awesome, thanks.

Did they x-ray your bags at the airport?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on November 13, 2016, 10:23:07 AM
Awesome, thanks.

Did they x-ray your bags at the airport?
Nothing! they didn't even ask me for proof of medical. The only thing they said was "i shouldn't stamp your passport, right?".
I did arrive about 12 midnight so could be they were just tired
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on November 13, 2016, 10:36:18 AM
BTW Im reading your TR which is excellent. I Just got add that times have been changing. I didn't experience anything that you have. No X-rays, soldiers, etc. I hardly even saw any police anywhere in Cuba. I stayed in a Case that was a bit rundown because I wanted one smack in the middle of old havana (across the capital) and it had spoty internet which was important (so I could iMessage the kids) and it was way better condition then the one your describing.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on November 26, 2016, 01:35:19 PM
Fidel Castro has died at 90.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: iAm on November 28, 2016, 09:24:26 AM
Im going to be there for Fidel's levaya this week and through Shabbos. Anyone else around?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: iAm on December 04, 2016, 04:56:59 PM
Shabbos in Havana:

In case anyone needs info regarding spending Shabbos here...

Mincha and Maariv Friday night at Adath Israel was at 15 minutes before Shekiah. The synagogue is officially orthodox, but the Rabbi and myself were the only ones not carrying a cellphone Fridat Night. When I asked him about it later, he said that he and his wife are the only shomer shabbos people left and the community pretty much assimilated after the Revolution.

The Rabbi, Rabbi Yacob Hernandez, also functions as the mohel, shochet, chazzan, and chevra kaddisha.

After Maariv, there was a community wide meal. The meal consisted of wine for kiddush, two challos split among the whole kehilla, and pasta with tomato sauce.

Shabbos morning, shachris was at 7:30. That was again followed by a meal of pasta with tomato sauce.

Mincha and shabbos (no minyan) was at 45 minutes before shekiah, followed by a third meal of pasta and tomato sauce.

(If you havent figured it out, the community is super poor; Im not sure if there will be a sudden influx of Orthodox visitors for shabbos now that there are flights, but they definitely dont have the infrastructure for that).

All in all, the experience was surreal and I strongly recommend everyone visit before theres a McDonalds on every block.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 04, 2016, 05:01:08 PM
Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

I strongly recommend everyone visit before theres a McDonalds on every block.

This cannot be stressed enough... I agree 1000%.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 05, 2016, 04:00:43 PM
So apparently the Jeep carrying Fidel's remains broke down in middle of the funeral procession, forcing soldiers to push it the rest of the way.

It don't get any more Cuba than that .
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: latke on December 08, 2016, 02:01:44 PM
Shabbos in Havana:

In case anyone needs info regarding spending Shabbos here...

Mincha and Maariv Friday night at Adath Israel was at 15 minutes before Shekiah. The synagogue is officially orthodox, but the Rabbi and myself were the only ones not carrying a cellphone Fridat Night. When I asked him about it later, he said that he and his wife are the only shomer shabbos people left and the community pretty much assimilated after the Revolution.

The Rabbi, Rabbi Yacob Hernandez, also functions as the mohel, shochet, chazzan, and chevra kaddisha.

After Maariv, there was a community wide meal. The meal consisted of wine for kiddush, two challos split among the whole kehilla, and pasta with tomato sauce.

Shabbos morning, shachris was at 7:30. That was again followed by a meal of pasta with tomato sauce.

Mincha and shabbos (no minyan) was at 45 minutes before shekiah, followed by a third meal of pasta and tomato sauce.

(If you havent figured it out, the community is super poor; Im not sure if there will be a sudden influx of Orthodox visitors for shabbos now that there are flights, but they definitely dont have the infrastructure for that).

All in all, the experience was surreal and I strongly recommend everyone visit before theres a McDonalds on every block.

Thanks for the update.  Did you bring any ready to eat food in? Deli? Cheese?  Were the bags x-rayed?  Were you stopped?

Going in a few weeks for 6 days and would like to bring some perishable foods, but not going to take too much if there's a chance it'll all be taken away. 

Sad about the pasta- were the dishes meat or dairy? I would like to arrive at the Shul before Shabbos with something added to the meal, but would need to know what the dishes used during the meal are.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 13, 2016, 01:24:51 PM
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/11/cuba-cruise-tourism-america/
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: sams on January 05, 2017, 01:02:54 PM
  If you go to Cuba these days U can act like regular tourist ? Anybody have good Airbnb to stay there ?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 05, 2017, 04:40:14 PM
  If you go to Cuba these days U can act like regular tourist ? Anybody have good Airbnb to stay there ?

"Legally"? No. Practically, absolutely.

I wouldn't recommend the Airbnb I stayed in, but look around and read reviews. Just like any other destination.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 05, 2017, 04:41:47 PM
I've seen rumors that Trump will undo some of the Obama changes and make it more difficult to go. Personally I don't think that he will, but if you're a worrier maybe look into the issue before you book everything.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: sams on January 09, 2017, 12:49:51 PM
"Legally"? No. Practically, absolutely.

I wouldn't recommend the Airbnb I stayed in, but look around and read reviews. Just like any other destination.
Thanks .my friend booked place will see what happens.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: sams on January 10, 2017, 03:16:52 AM
 Anybody have cuc??
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: sams on January 10, 2017, 01:48:43 PM
 Anyone have issue bringing in perishable food?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 18, 2017, 11:10:18 AM
3x JetBlue points if you fly to Cuba. It is't much, but if you're going anyway you may as well register (https://trueblue.jetblue.com/web/trueblue/Cuba3X%20/?source=EM011817_eng/&cluid=74321155).
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 26, 2017, 03:21:05 PM
Anyone looking to get rid of CUC?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 26, 2017, 03:53:02 PM
Anyone who does plan a trip bring Cash
CC's don't seem to be a thing there
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: chff on February 12, 2017, 06:45:55 PM
Looking for some CUCs in Brooklyn
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 13, 2017, 03:29:42 PM
Data point:

A friend of mine was just there and ran out of cash, so someone sent him a Western Union from the US. The amount sent $200, WU charged $16, and the Cuban office charged an additional $6 to convert the $200 to CUC.

In short, all the fees came to under 11%, as opposed to the official 13%. So if you can't change USD into EUR or CAD at par ahead of time, this may be a way to save a bit on the conversion to CUC.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: chff on February 13, 2017, 04:23:48 PM
Should do 24 hours or 48 hours in HAV?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 13, 2017, 04:53:37 PM
Should do 24 hours or 48 hours in HAV?

Why so little?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: chff on February 13, 2017, 04:59:22 PM
Why so little?
Like I should go off my mind there?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: chff on February 14, 2017, 12:27:35 AM
Religious is a good reason? Do you get questioned by CBP upon your return?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on February 14, 2017, 12:57:43 AM
Who will take on the wiki mantle
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on February 14, 2017, 01:24:20 AM
Who will take on the wiki mantle
I nominate you
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on February 14, 2017, 08:05:04 AM

Not again....
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on February 15, 2017, 10:33:07 PM
planning to do a 36 hour trip next week
any tips? hotel etc?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: chff on February 16, 2017, 07:46:36 AM
planning to do a 36 hour trip next week
any tips? hotel etc?
Use Airbnb
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on February 18, 2017, 11:16:12 PM
My opinion for Havana would be to stay in a Casa somewhere in the old section of the city.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on February 19, 2017, 01:08:53 AM
My opinion for Havana would be to stay in a Casa somewhere in the old section of the city.
tr?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: ad120 on May 03, 2017, 08:41:03 PM
Okay.
I looked through the recent posting of this thread and read the famous trip report and still need a lot of info so maybe you all can help with that?

I am trying to put together a trip for a group of older jewish women that would like to travel to Cuba by cruise. Here are some questions.
How do you go about booking hotels?
Can you bring in meat, fish and cheese?
How do you go about "legally" visiting cuba as a group?
What are the attractions to see in Havana?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: robbie on November 05, 2017, 10:55:24 AM
So i have been reading alot of conflicting reports about traveling to cuba under the new trump rules.
Has anyone traveled to cuba in the past 2-3 months. Is it really a issue?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 05, 2017, 10:56:33 AM
So i have been reading alot of conflicting reports about traveling to cuba under the new trump rules.
Has anyone traveled to cuba in the past 2-3 months. Is it really a issue?

There are no new rules, nothing's changed as of yet.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on November 05, 2017, 12:19:28 PM
There are no new rules, nothing's changed as of yet.
Thanks, I had the same question.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: robbie on November 05, 2017, 01:29:37 PM
thanks!
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: robbie on November 08, 2017, 12:56:19 PM
There are no new rules, nothing's changed as of yet.

I have a flight tomorrow morning, and today some new rules came out.
I think im more then fine to go but my friends are getting really nervous on this.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 08, 2017, 01:00:29 PM
I have a flight tomorrow morning, and today some new rules came out.
I think im more then fine to go but my friends are getting really nervous on this.

Link?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: robbie on November 08, 2017, 01:04:08 PM
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/11/08/trump-cracks-down-u-s-business-and-travel-cuba/843419001/

http://abcnews.go.com/International/cuba-restrictions-make-harder-americans-visit-country/story?id=51013328
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/presidential/cuba-travel-restrictions-trump-administration-20171108.html
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: robbie on November 08, 2017, 01:14:36 PM
I have a flight Tomorrow morning, and don't think its gonna be a big issue.
Anyone's thoughts?
Title: List of Restricted Entities and Subentities Associated With Cuba as of 11-9-2017
Post by: ludmila on November 08, 2017, 09:35:00 PM
The U.S. blocks 83 Cuban hotels with ties to the Cuban government. It includes all of the large international hotel chains.

https://www.state.gov/e/eb/tfs/spi/cuba/cubarestrictedlist/275331.htm
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 08, 2017, 09:44:17 PM
Wow. Crazy stuff.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on November 08, 2017, 10:03:56 PM
Wow. Crazy stuff.
I was checking their web site for some other issues and came across this. Definitely disappointing !!
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 15, 2017, 08:07:31 AM
Alaska Airlines terminates their LAX-HAV route due to low demand, and the new rules (about which there is still no clarity, annoyingly).
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 26, 2017, 08:24:43 AM
http://www.momentmag.com/island-within-island-cubas-jewish-history/
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: ADG on July 24, 2018, 10:57:36 AM
We are considering a trip to cuba for 5 days with 2 familys+ mother helper. We have a baby who will 5-6 weeks at travel , is that a risky place for a newborn?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 24, 2018, 10:59:31 AM
We are considering a trip to cuba for 5 days with 2 familys+ mother helper. We have a baby who will 5-6 weeks at travel , is that a risky place for a newborn?

The air quality is absolutely horrendous due to all the old cars and no emissions rules - you will be blowing black stuff out of your nose for a week. That alone would keep me from taking a newborn, personally.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: ADG on July 24, 2018, 11:06:34 AM
The air quality is absolutely horrendous due to all the old cars and no emissions rules - you will be blowing black stuff out of your nose for a week. That alone would keep me from taking a newborn, personally.

Thanks for the quick response.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on July 27, 2018, 02:04:02 AM
Thanks for the quick response.
I agree with SF.

Also the medical care there is not what I would want in case of any issues that could arise with a newborn. I wouldn't consider it.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: grodnoking on January 27, 2019, 04:31:52 PM
Is cuba still stuck in time or is it more of a tourist trap now?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: mliebs1457 on January 28, 2019, 02:53:07 PM
With the new rules writing "support for the Cuban people" is enough for a visa?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on January 28, 2019, 03:16:52 PM
With the new rules writing "support for the Cuban people" is enough for a visa?
I think so, when did the new rules come out, a friend went a month and a half ago and used (support for the Cuban people) .
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: mliebs1457 on January 28, 2019, 03:18:13 PM
I think so, when did the new rules come out, a friend went a month and a half ago and used (support for the Cuban people) .
Thanx. That shud be a recent enough DP. Rules changed b4 that. Any chance u can get more info on the process? Do they ask for a detailed itinerary or any other issues? Thanx a lot
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on January 28, 2019, 03:20:51 PM
Thanx. That shud be a recent enough DP. Rules changed b4 that. Any chance u can get more info on the process? Do they ask for a detailed itinerary or any other issues? Thanx a lot
He is in Israel now, I'll see if I can get more info.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: gsquared on January 29, 2019, 11:50:42 AM
just came back from Cuba and the visa process is very easy. Airline handles it. Support for Cuban people and $75(United) gets you in. Cruise ships stop in Cuba so there is no shortage of tourists. US credit cards and ATM cards are still a problem as well as the Dollar exchange penalty. I believe staying at government owned hotels might be an issue but I stayed at an Airbnb.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: grodnoking on January 29, 2019, 11:54:08 AM


just came back from Cuba and the visa process is very easy. Airline handles it. Support for Cuban people and $75(United) gets you in.

$75 fee a person?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: gsquared on January 30, 2019, 08:08:34 PM
yes each person gets a visa but different airlines charge different amounts
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: mliebs1457 on February 03, 2019, 02:04:35 PM
just came back from Cuba and the visa process is very easy. Airline handles it. Support for Cuban people and $75(United) gets you in. Cruise ships stop in Cuba so there is no shortage of tourists. US credit cards and ATM cards are still a problem as well as the Dollar exchange penalty. I believe staying at government owned hotels might be an issue but I stayed at an Airbnb.
What area did u stay in? Do u recommend ur Airbnb?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: gsquared on February 04, 2019, 03:41:28 PM
i stayed very near the Capitol building. Very nice area just outside the old town. Easy walk to the orthodox shul - shacharis every morning(never made it). Staying in a Airbnb is great. They can be very inexpensive but you get what you pay for. Make sure they have AC. 
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on March 03, 2019, 09:41:07 PM
My trip report from 5-day trip to Havana: https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=101963.0
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: Otheaked on March 06, 2019, 10:19:31 PM
Anyone going to be in Cuba around Purim time?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: mliebs1457 on April 25, 2019, 06:21:23 PM
Anyone in Brooklyn have CUC?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: chief_mag on April 25, 2019, 06:25:16 PM
Anyone in Brooklyn have CUC?
By when do you need it?
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: mliebs1457 on April 25, 2019, 06:30:28 PM
By when do you need it?
Sunday preferably
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: grodnoking on April 25, 2019, 07:02:32 PM
Or Queens.
Title: Re: Cuba Master Thread
Post by: chief_mag on April 25, 2019, 07:19:08 PM
Sunday preferably
Can't make it, sorry.