We are headed out to our 7 day Cuban Explorer with Holland America Cruise, on the Veendam. We started in Fort Lauderdale, Florida then to Georgetown, Grand Cayman, to Cozumel, Quntana Roo Mexico, then Havana Cuba, back to Ft Lauderdale. We choose this cruise specifically for the Cuba Experience and we are really are very excited to step foot in Cuba. We did read in our paperwork, we had to book an excursion or we will not be allowed off the ship, and that is a recent change to the US requirements. So we booked an 8hr – Best of Havana, and a night trip to the Tropicana Club. While many might not ever even consider visiting Cuba, for us something about seeing what has been forbidden is a thrill. This might be a short window of opportunity that we never get to experience again, but if we enjoy Cuba, and it is still possible a longer trip might be in our future as well.
This is our third cruise together as a couple, but Davids ~10th, I only started cruising when I met David, so my third cruise. This is our second with Holland, where the population is significantly older, but then again our cruise with Celebrity was also an older group. I guess most can afford to cruise when they are older and finally have the time, so the ships population is filled with motorized scooters, canes and stories of grand children.
When I checked online reviews of the Veendam, I see Excellent reviews, and that it is a small ship with a max capacity of 1350. We will report back on what we experienced upon return. I am sure I will drink a few Cuba Libras (Rum and Coke) during this trip, so I will try and report back daily on our adventure, or might forget a fact or two.