Why choose a cruise to Havana?
You’ll be swept away by the grandeur of old Havana and captivated by its contemporary Cuban culture. Majestic colourful buildings date as far back as the 16th century while jazz bars and cafes pour out live Latin music and classic American Cadillacs line the streets.
More than 50 museums bring Havana’s fascinating history to life. And when you’re not dancing salsa with the locals, you’ll find art on every corner and intriguing murals to gaze at. After all that, the best beaches in Cuba are here. Relax and enjoy the palm trees, white sands and dazzling blue sea of the Caribbean.
A guide to Havana’s hotspots
There’s so much to discover in Cuba’s fascinating capital, but first on your list must be a stroll among the baroque facades, cobblestone streets and colonial plazas of Old Havana. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll quickly feel a connection with 500 years of history as you browse the tiny shops and immerse yourself in Cuban café culture.
A centre for world-class art, there are galleries and exhibitions galore. You’ll find the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Colonial Art a great start, then rest in the shade of Havana’s Central Park opposite the magnificent Great Theatre of Havana, home to the Cuban National Ballet.
Lose yourself in history at the Museum of the Revolution in the former Presidential Palace and the Museum of the City. If you’ve got time, find out everything about rum at the Havana Club Museum, and Cuba’s trademark cigars at the Tobacco Museum. You’ll also not want to miss Havana’s most impressive landmarks the National Capitol Building, and its fort, El Morro.
When it’s time to relax, head to Santa Maria del Mar Beach or Boca Ciega Beach and just soak up the sun.
To round off a perfect day, take a walk along the evocative El Malecón, a coastal road where everyone congregates to watch the sunset. A favourite meeting place for locals and street musicians alike, you’ll capture a glimpse of the real Cuba while the fading sunlight bathes the Spanish mansions in a warm glow.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Havana
The best time to visit Havana
With its Caribbean tropical climate, average temperatures remain around 20-25°C so you‘ll find sunshine in Havana whenever you go. November to April is the dry season, perfect for escaping the winter freeze. And even during the wettest months (May to October), there are plenty of sunny days. With its impressive schedule of festivals and carnivals all year round, you’ll never be far from celebrating the music, dance, and food of Havana in glorious sunshine.
Did you know?
· Ernest Hemingway settled in Havana in 1940 even donating his Nobel Prize for literature to the Cuban people. Check out his favourite haunt, El Floridita.
· Havana is the birthplace of the mojito cocktail, a tantalising blend of white rum, lime and mint. Don’t leave without tasting one
· World-famous cigars are still hand-rolled in Cuba’s oldest cigar factory, located in Havana
· The fresco ceiling and shimmering mirrors in the Salon de los Espejos are a replica of the Hall of Mirrors in France’s Palace of Versailles.