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7 days - July 22-29, 2018
$1895 ppdo
includes Round Trip Airfare to Tampa & Pre-Cruise Hotel Stay

What a package, what a price!  In the footsteps of Hemingway!  Explore Key West & spend 2 nights in Havana.

Your exciting journey
begins with your flight from Santa Ana or Los Angeles to Florida.

Morning at leisure.  Board in the afternoon your “floating hotel,” Royal Caribbean’s sleek Empress of the Seas.  Settle into your stateroom, explore the ship and set sail at 4:00 p.m.

Royal Caribbean’s sleek Empress of the Seas

Day 3: KEY WEST, FL. 
12:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.    Key West is the southernmost point in the continental United States. This friendly town appears to be the Bahamas, New Orleans and Florida rolled into one. The tiny island, just two miles by four miles, can be easily navigated on foot or bicycle, but the Conch Tour Train is popular. The chief points of interest here include Mel Fisher's Maritime Heritage Museum, the Ernest Hemingway House, the Audubon House and the Robert Frost cottage. Visitors won't want to miss out on Hemingway's favorite watering hole -- Sloppy Joe's -- or Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville.  Pan Am Airlines’ first flight was from Key West to Havana on Oct. 19, 1927.

Day 4 & 5: HAVANA, CUBA.
8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.  Havana is the capital of Cuba and a tourist hot spot. Its tropical climate and year round warm water invite travelers from all around. There are three distinct parts to the city, one being Old Havana. Visitors who venture into Old Havana will find themselves surrounded by overhanging balconies and narrow streets as they wander through this traditional and historical center. In the newer sections of the city, shopping districts, markets, and an active nightlife are present for those looking for more entertainment. 

Each guest will be charged $75 on the first day of the cruise to pay for a required Cuba visa.  Royal Caribbean will be offering a number of interesting, affordable excursions in Havana, both in the morning and afternoon; and you will need to purchase at least one to be able to go ashore.  No need to come back to the ship following that tour, however—you’ve got all day to explore on your own, if you so choose!

Lalo with his Cuban friends

Say “Adios, Cuba” this morning and enjoy the many cruise ship amenities aboard Empress of the Seas.  Sail the Caribbean with fond memories of your extended time in Havana.

7:00 a.m.  Following breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport your flight back to California.


$1895 Includes All This:

Roundtrip airfare inc. taxes to Tampa, FLA from LAX or John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana (SNA)

Superior class accommodations at the Doubletree Hilton Tampa Airport Hotel before cruise

Six-day/five-night cruise from Tampa to Key West and Havana, Cuba aboard Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas, featuring two nights/three days in Havana. 

Inside stateroom with 2 lower beds and private facilities (oceanview and junior suite balcony upgrades available)

All meals and entertainment while cruising.  Full breakfast in Tampa.

Hotel transfers, airport and ship transfers in Tampa