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Port of Call: Havana, Cuba

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Havana, Cuba

Beautiful architecture and historic cars in Havana. Photo courtesy of mylifesamovie.com.

Mingle with locals and experience a place untouched by time in Havana, Cuba. Immerse yourself in unique opportunities, fascinating culture, and timeless sights.

Hemingway’s Havana

Hemingway's Havana Finca Vija residence - then and now. Photos courtesy of www.hemingwaycuba.com and

Ernest Hemingway at his Finca Vigia residence – then and now. Photos courtesy of www.hemingwaycuba.com and Tom Cochrun.

Encounter Havana through the eyes of author Ernest Hemingway! Visit Finca Vigia, the novelist’s residence-turned museum immortalizing his 20 years in Havana. Stroll through the village of Cojimar and take a break beneath the monument dedicated to Hemingway. Stop in to La Terraza de Cojimar for a sweet Don Gregorio cocktail or La Floridita for a Hemingway Daiquiri. Finish at the Hotel Ambos Mundos and discover Room 511, Hemingway’s first residence in Cuba.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana. Photo courtesy of www.viajarelcaribe.net.

Explore the world-class art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts. Dedicated to showcasing exclusive Cuban art collections, one can view artwork spanning from colonial-era paintings to Cuban masterpieces to contemporary artwork. Artists to look for include Guillermo Collazo, Rafael Blanco, Raúl Martínez and Wilfredo Lam.

Almacenes San José

Almacenes San José

The views outside of Almacenes San José are just as sweet as the treats you’ll find inside. Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor.

At Almacenes de San José, Havana’s craftsmen have an ideal place in which to exhibit and sell their creations. Full of excellent souvenirs for loved ones and friends, this bustling market will bring out the “kid in a candy store” in all art lovers.

Plaza de la Revolución and El Capitolio

Plaza de la Revolucion

The Jose Marti memorial at the Plaza de le Revolucion. Photo courtesy of www.planetware.com.

A must see for any history buff, the 11-acre Plaza de la Revolución, or Revolution Square, and El Capitolio, or the National Capitol Building, are the administrative focal points of Cuba. Stand on the grounds where some of Cuba’s most important political rallies took place and gaze upon the former seats of the Cuban government before the Revolution in 1959.

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  • Judi Gerrie
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    Oh yea!! So happy we can now travel freely to Cuba. Who knew it was also a treasure trove of art.

  • Nicole Miller
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    Cuba is high on my bucket list! A place that has stopped in time and an absolute beauty of colors and I’m assuming, sounds. I will get to this country before it changes, to photograph all of its uniqueness, grit and beauty!!!

  • Cindy Hendricks
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    It would be an awesome trip with Park West Galleries as the host.

  • James Rhodes
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    The Cuban people, much like the Vietnamese during our embargo years, have been unjustly victimized by misguided U.S. foreign policies. Least we forget Castro was once a pitcher, when spring training was conducted in Cuba until ‘our’ support of an unpopular & corrupt regime, also propped up by illegal US mafia funds,altered history. Cuba has socialized medicine for all residents & more doctor per capita than any other nation. Unlike us, they are energy sufficient and not dependent on OPEC for oil. We could learn much from these people if we could only get by our arrogance and self serving political. economic attitudes.

  • Raul Ruiz Sr
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    Also Miss Miller don’t forget to go inland and see the misery and lack of freedom that we enjoy,don’t let them fool you.

  • Larry and Debbie
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    We love traveling with Park West and we have been dreaming of a visit to Cuba. Please consider us when the invitations are issued. Respectfully, Larry Gaasterland

  • joan cholodofsky
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    Please consider us for this trip. We have bought on all our cruises but never received a invitation

    Joan Cholodofsky, Harvey Rosenberg

  • Nancy Whitehead
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    My Husband and I would love to be part of this cruise to Cuba . It too is on our bucket list. We have a list of art and sculptures we would like to add to our collection and what a memory we would have if it was bought on a Cuba Cruise.. Please ask us to go..

  • Allen Riker
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    when is the trip to Cuba I am interested in seeing Cuba

  • Julius, Consuelo, John Burtz
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    What a fantastic opportunity. we have been toying with the idea of Cuba in May. Please consider us for an invitation.

  • John K Vignocchi
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    I took my family there in March of 2016. Be prepared and don’t be shocked at the prices. The Cubans have a full understanding of capitalism. Having said that, I will go back.

  • Fran Marshall
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    We dreamed of visiting Cuba’s artist communities, glimpsing the colors and rhythms of artworks and music. To be guided by Park West’s would be ideal. Please let us know about the travel opportunities.

  • Billie Sue Koch
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    Cuba would be a chance of lifetime to see before it becomes just another tourist island. Please consider giving me an invite.

  • Bonnie Cole - Jeff Reilly
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    Would love an opportunity to cruise with you as our guides to Cuba. When will featured artist list be available?

  • Betty kirby
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    My husband and I would love to be included in Park West cruise to Cuba! We have always been fascinated and amazed by the endurance, culture and fortitude of our Cuban neighbors! We would be delighted to experience first hand the culture and atmosphere of our Cuban neighbors! Lets set aside our political hangups and enjoy our neighbors, their culture and friendship! Please include us as well!

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