OUR CUBA MARITIME SERVICES INCLUDE:

Processing Yachts, sport fisherman, and sail boats from the U.S. to Cuba. Slip reservations at Marina Hemingway, USCG 3300 processing, Cuban permit forms, Crew Clearance, Homeland Security, Visas, Marina Information, Cuban Medical Insurance, Required Land Package, Drivers, Guides, Deep Sea Fishing, Authentic Cuban Experiences

MARITIME TRAVEL INFORMATION

OUR CUBA TRAVEL SERVICES INCLUDE:

Meaningful group tours, custom individual tours, air, transfers, hotel accommodations, authentic Cuban experiences, visas, personal guides and drivers, reservations at the best paladars, Cuban medical insurance and much more.


CUBA TRAVEL INFORMATION

About Traveling in Cuba: All travel to Cuba is currently regulated by the office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Each traveler must have documentation showing that their travel is authorized according to OFAC's Comprehensive Guidelines. • Be sure your U.S. Passport is current and valid for 6 months beyond your return from Cuba.• IMPORTANT: Guests born in Cuba must obtain a Cuban Visa before traveling. • Please include all valuables, medications and a change of clothing in your carry-on luggage. This will prevent difficulties in case your luggage is lost or delayed. • There are no vaccinations required for travel to Cuba, however please consult your doctor • Please make a photocopy of your passport and carry the copy with you, and e-mail yourself a copy so you can access it online, if necessary. Leave the original and your extra cash and valuables in the room safe • You might be required to pay a Cuban Departure Tax of 25 usd prior to your departure on some charter flights• You will be issued a Cuban Tourist Card with your travel documents. Please keep the Cuban Tourist Card as you will be required to present it when you enter and depart Cuba • Best not to wear any expensive jewelry, Havana is a major city so prepare accordingly • It is strongly recommended that you drink only bottled water while traveling in Cuba. Bottled drinks are safe, as well. The water used in the ice at the hotel and the restaurants on this program is safe to drink. • Bring a "European style" 2-prong plug adaptor for your electrical appliances. The hotels are converting to 220 volts, an electrical converter may be required, check your devices before you leave. • You may want to bring small gifts for the children of pencils, pens, notebooks or any supplies a grade school child could use. • Also appreciated are small soaps and shampoos often found at hotels


Medications: We recommend that you bring an adequate supply of the prescription medicines you use regularly to last throughout the program. Carry them in the original containers to identify them as legally obtained drugs and pack them in your carry-on bag. It is a wise idea to carry telephone numbers of immediate family as well as your physician’s name and telephone number.

Inoculations: No immunizations are required, although some health authorities do recommend a low dose IG inoculation for Hepatitis A. We strongly suggest that you contact your personal physician for recommendations regarding your individual health requirements. You should also be up-to-date with all your shots, including tetanus and standard immunizations.

Medical Services: Cuban Medical Insurance is included in your program by the airline. This policy covers major medical emergencies with the exception of pre-existing conditions. The policy is in effect throughout the country.

Cuba's Climate & Weather
 Cuba is subtropical with a mean temperature of 77 degrees with very little seasonal fluctuation. The wet season runs from May to October, and the dry season from November through April. The average high temperature in Cuba's hottest month of July is 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Be prepared for hot weather and a chance for brief periods of rain with temperatures averaging 75-85F. You may want to take sunscreen, insect repellent and sunglasses. Havana weather forecasts are available on the Internet at all news bureaus sites such as CNN.com. 


Clothing and Packing Tips 
During your daytime excursions, dress is casual with casual slacks, jeans, shorts and skirts being acceptable. Remember to bring comfortable, well-broken-in walking shoes. During the evening smart-casual attire, such as a button down-shirt with Khaki/casual slacks for men and a dress or blouse with skirt or pants for women is appropriate. Cuba is a casual destination. Havana has the same climate as Miami. Pack your bags only with what you think you'll actually wear or need. It is suggested that you not bring or pack any expensive or sentimental jewelry. Understand that in Cuba it may be difficult to purchase items that you forget.

"Waste Management" Toilets in Cuba are plentiful, but depending on their location, they may be encountered in various states of cleanliness and conditions. Often there is an attendant at the entrance who will collect the equivalent of US 25 to 50 cents for entry, and he or she will usually give you a small section of toilet paper so it's highly recommended that you carry your own at all time.

Language: Spanish is the official language in Cuba, although many people you encounter will speak English. Learning and using even a few basic words will be much appreciated by the locals.

Time:Cuba is on the same time as the East Coast of the United States.

Currency & Credit Cards: The U.S. dollar is not accepted in Cuba at this time, you will have to exchange dollars into Cuban Convertible Pesos (a.k.a. the CUC – "kook"). There are exchange locations at the airport and at most hotels and a standard 13% exchange fee is imposed on all exchanges. This way you don't have to worry about shopping around for the best rate. US$100 = CUC$87 Your unused CUCs can be exchanged for U.S. Dollars at face value (without a fee) upon departure. We recommend that you do not exchange all your U.S. Dollars at once. Please exchange as you need throughout the week.

Credit cards: issued by U.S. banks are NOT accepted in Cuba (except for Stonegate cards) and traveler's checks cannot be used. Supplementary Expenses Personal expenses such as telephone, mini-bar, room service and laundry services are not included in the program and will have to be settled with the hotel prior to departure. Meals and beverages (including wines and liquors) not indicated in your itinerary are considered personal expenses as well. Please adjust the amount of cash you bring accordingly.

Tipping: Cuba is a tipping culture. Many of our group departures include major gratuities to your guides and drivers, individual travel does not. Good guides and drivers expect between$50.00 and $100.00 per day.

Shopping and What Can Be Brought Back to the U.S.: $400.00 total Cuban merchandise including $100.00 USD in alcohol and tobacco products.

Electrical Current: The standard electric current in Cuba is 220 volt, 50 cycles. North American appliances such as razors and hair dryers are made to operate on 110 volt, 60 cycle current and will burn out if a current converter is not used. An electrical current converter and a European-style "two prong" plug adapter should be purchased prior to departure. Research through the manufacturer any devices you own that you might have a question about.

Communications: It is now possible to call to the U.S. from Cuba provided you have Verizon or AT&T as your provider. It is also possible to make direct calls to the U.S. from your hotel room. The price of the call will be charged to your room account. Please note that calls to the U.S. from your hotel room are expensive (approximately $3 CUC per minute). We ask you to please bear in mind the phone service in Cuba is unreliable. Most hotels should have internet access for a fee, but it can be sporadic at best. In Cuba Internet service is slow and often unreliable- but getting much better!


Carlson Maritime Travel is a legal OFAC compliant travel service provider as authorized by OFAC.

To discuss your travel plans to Cuba, contact:

Suzanne Carlson
Carlson Maritime Travel
623 E. Tarpon Ave
Tarpon Springs, Fl. 34689
727.945.1930

Visit our website: www.scarlsontvl.com

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