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Havana Cuba and Bahamas Travel Post- Personal

Most of you know that I just got back from Cuba. It was amazing!!!!! Instead of trying to tell you everything up front, I will be putting our travel story in with the images so keep scrolling to read! I are am an avid traveler and my goal is to visit everywhere before I die. I search for trips in destinations that I want to go to throughout the year and book the ones that we find deals on that way we can keep checking destinations off of our list.

Since travel opened back up to Cuba, it's been on our list! (Note: you can no longer fly to Cuba but you can still take a cruise to Cuba. You will need a people-to-people visa but your cruise line can get it for you!) I found a great last minute cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines and booked it!) If you need a VISA, you can get one HERE.

*Images are a mash up of Nikon D750 images along with images from my Blackberry Keyone. You'll be able to tell the difference!

Day 1: We woke up at 2am for our flight to Miami from Indianapolis.


As you can see, we left the rainy weather in Indiana for beautiful weather in Florida!

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Once we landed we Ubered to the Miami Port and went to the mall nearby to buy sunscreen and get some tacos. We then made the mistake (okay, I made the mistake) of trying to walk to the cruise terminal. Now, remember I used to work for Norwegian so the Miami port was super familiar to me. I, however, totally forgot that there was usually a bus that took us from the port to the mall and thought that I walked it every time. NOPE! It's a good 3 miles away over a bridge.... Not so bad but it was super hot in Miami that day! After we started walking we couldn't stop so we continued. But we arrived at the ship, just a little sweaty and ready for another shower. After we boarded we had to wait for our rooms to be ready so these photos are of us super sweaty trying to cool down with some drinks!

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Once our room was finally ready we showered and relaxed in some air-conditioning until it was time for us to sail away. We went out to the promenade deck and took some images.

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust
Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust
Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

The images below were taken from the back of the ship. It's my favorite part on the promenade deck. It's never busy, you can see everything, it's not as windy, and there are those cool waves. FYI for the next time you are on a cruise, check it out!

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

After we enjoyed sail away, we got some dinner, watched the welcome aboard show, and went to sleep so we could wake up early for Cuba!


Day 2: We woke up early because we were sailing into Cuba!

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

I watched the ship monitor (below) while I finished my hair and makeup.

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

After we docked we had to wait for the ship to be cleared so we ate some breakfast and then went through immigration. Then we were in HAVANA, CUBA! Side note: I was expecting Cuba to be hot but it was HHHOOOOTTTT! It was in the 90's with very high humidity! As soon as we got off the ship we were dripping in sweat, seriously gross. For the 1st day we had only planned a night tour so we took the morning to explore on our own. I printed off maps and walking directions for all the locations that we wanted to see, however, there are literally no street signs in Havana. We tried to follow them the best we could but ended up just trying to walk around and see cool stuff.

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

There are tons of dogs and cats that roam the streets of Havana. Super cute. The dogs were pretty friendly but the cats were scared of people.

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Vintage cars galore! Since Cuba was cut off from the United States for so long, the only American cars that they have are the classic cars! Most of them are in great shape but some are a little rough. You can takes these as taxis around the town. We didn't end up taking one but if we went back, I would! TIP: If you want to take a classic car taxi find one you like and stand by it to find the owner. This way you can get a beautiful car, otherwise you may end up in a not so nice one. Also, taxi rides aren't cheap but they will tell you the history of Havana and take you to some great places.

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

The streets of Havana really reminded me of Venice and parts of Italy. So much architecture and charm!

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Just look at the seal and crown detail below! I'm so glad that we went to this location the first day because on the next day they had it roped off and were cleaning and restoring it.

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

I loved all the pastel colors!

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

The building in the second image below was quite odd. The tower was original but the rest was all steel and glass. It did not fit the rest of Havana.

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Seriously, dying, I could live in that beautiful building! You may be wondering how everything looks so great. Our tour guide from the night tour told us that they gave out a grant to restore the buildings and keep the original details. You can see many buildings being restored and remodeled throughout Havana. Once the US allowed travel again, they were excited for the tourism that it would bring. Cuban people very much like Americans and like showing us what Cuba has to offer. Let's hope that travel opens back up soon!

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

This building's details below was one of my favorites. So much gorgeous detail!

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Floridita was Hemingway's favorite place for daiquiris!

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

We don't know the story behind the chicken riding fork lady but Devin loved it! (I looked it up once we got back and it's a fairly new instillation but there wasn't a story behind it.)

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

After we explored for a few hours we went back to the ship to shower and eat dinner before our night tour started.

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Our first stop on the night tour was Sloppy Joe's. This place is super famous and all of the movie stars from the 50's and 60's would frequent this place.

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Our tour included a rum and coke and a sloppy joe. Most of you know that I'm a vegetarian so I just enjoyed the rum and coke.

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

The rum and coke was delicious. I fell in love with Havana Club rum while I was in Cuba.

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Of course any place that has a vintage Heinz ketchup poster is okay in my book!

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

After Sloppy Joe's we left for La Bodeguita Del Medio which was Hemmingway's favorite bar and the birthplace of Mojitos.

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

See all those people below? That's where La Bodeguita is!

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

There were tons of messages on the walls and a live band inside. The place is super small so it's pretty much just the bartenders and band inside. Once you get your drink you drink it in the street.

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

The mojito's really were delicious and it was the best Mojito I've ever had!

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

After La Bodeguita we continued on the night tour, visiting different locations around Old Havana. If we ever go back to Cuba I'm going to that restaurant on the rooftop below. It was beautiful and overlooked the water and had Cuba videos playing on the projector. Of course, it was way too hot to eat outside while we were there. Even at night it was 90 degrees with bad humidity. Although we were told that it was cooler than normal....

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Day 3: This was our last day in Cuba. We didn't take many photos this day. Just walked around seeing last minute things and then went to buy rum and cigars and some Cuban artwork.


We went back to the ship and attended the Park West art auction. (While I worked for Norwegian, I also worked with Park West so I love attending their auctions and it's where I became an avid art collector! I always joke that all the money Park West paid me went right back to them when I bought all the artwork! haha) I both that I wouldn't buy art onboard this time but of course I found art I loved and purchased it. Whooops! haha I did limit myself though and passed up some artwork that I loved...

Havana Cuba Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Wanderlust

Day 4: This was our day on Norwegian's private island, Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.