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Cruising the Caribbean, first impressions of a non-cruise

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MSC Opera in Terminal Sierra Maestra, Havana, Cuba

If you want to daydream about something that breaks the gray routine, few things are more evocative than the phrase “A Caribbean cruise”, especially if you've never done a cruise.

Those words conjugate in our mind images of exotic cocktails, swimming pools on an outdoor deck and also discover heavenly beaches in distant islands which we will navigate in a luxury boat.

Suffering from the temperamental changes of the climate that Spring brings, someone who has never done a cruise will wonder if all of the above is a travel agency postcard Or if it is the reality.

To discover it, with an added bonus that I will tell you later, in mid-March I flew from Madrid to Havana and embarked on the MSC Opera. It is the smallest ship - although nobody would say it with 275 m of length (length) - of those operated by MSC Cruises, and on board it was going to tour the Caribbean for 8 days / 7 nights, an experience of which for the moment I give you a brief brushstroke.

Cathedral Square, Havana, Cuba

The added bonus is that MSC is the only company that has a ship based in Havana and also offers two nights with the same anchored at the foot of Old Havana, which gives more than a day and a half to explore the city or even other areas of Cuba.

And that is a temptation for any traveler. With the recent political measures that have brought the Castro regime closer to a country as important as the US, foreign investment will soon arrive in Cuba and Now is the time to visit it.

Cuba is a destination for 2016. They make it an object of tourist desire the colonial charm with a dose of melancholy so they hide the facades, smiles and friendliness of the people of Havana, the trip to the past that involves seeing those cars of the 50s through the streets, the weather and all the sentimental references to the colony that we lost just over a century ago.

Havana, 2016

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