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Crown Cruise Vacations | February 18, 2018

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Shore Excursion: Statue in Havana, Cuba, honors ‘crazy’ man

February 14, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Cuba is a country of statues and monuments, many of them dedicated to heroes of the revolution. But one unusual bronze figure in Havana is the only one in the world I have seen for a certifiably crazy person.

On a walking tour of Havana, we stopped in front of a church. However, what caught my attention was a statue outside the church of a man whose beard, left index finger and foot have been polished almost golden from the touch of passersby. Read more...

Cruise Destination Trivia: Identify the gigantic sculpture

January 10, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Recognize this bearded man? He is huge, an image posted on a building.

A hint:  The woman standing next to me thought it was a memorial to Fidel Castro. Nope, it is not Fidel but the homage is located in Cuba. Don’t look at the answer below until you’ve formulated your own response. Read more...

Shore Excursion: Castillo del Morro in Cuba a chilling experience

January 3, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Hearing the loud clank of the metal cell door slamming shut sent chills down my spine. Being locked in this Cuban prison must have been a living hell. Or a death sentence.

Today is a busy itinerary in Santiago de Cuba on our Celestyal Crystal cruise. So much to see and do. Tour guide Ricardo is a wealth of information and his English is excellent. Read more...

Shore excursion: Cuba’s Fusterlandia is one man’s attempt to brighten the world

December 20, 2017 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Outrageous colors. Fantasy figures. Proud historic reminders. Everywhere I looked, it seemed an eye-catching explosion of creativity.

I had been forewarned but I’m not sure anything can prepare you for Fusterlandia. The artistic wonderland is certainly not something I expected to encounter when I arrived in Havana. Read more...

Shore Excursion: 1950s American cars still cruising in Cuba

December 6, 2017 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Eisenhower was president. The New York Yankees won their fifth world series in a row. Frank Sinatra was drawing movie goers with his film “From Here to Eternity.”

A 26-year-old Fidel Castro launched his failed attempt to overthrow Cuban dictator Batista on July 26. The first Corvette went on sale. Read more...

New Destinations of 2013: Cuba

December 27, 2012 | Roger

It’s the big open secret in US travel these days. Not enough people know about it, but they should. American travelers can see Cuba again, despite the general embargo on our neighbor to the south. Now, there is a catch – this isn’t going to be the normal “fun in the sun” beach holiday that most Caribbean travel becomes. Cuba is open for US citizens to see, but only in person-to-person cultural exchange programs. Read more...