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7 NIGHT BEST OF CUBA
HALLOWEEN CRUISE
October 25th-November 1st 2018
Visiting 2 ports in Cuba, plus Nassau Bahamas, and RCCL’s private paradise of Labadee


Join us for a Halloween cruise from Miami on the only cruise line which visits two ports in Cuba, Royal Caribbean.  Visit Havana and Santiago de Cuba and experience the true sights and sounds of this legendary island.  Also spend a day of fun in the sun on Nassau Bahamas and enjoy RCCL’s private paradise of Labadee, where you can choose between lounging on the beach and swimming in the ocean, or for the adventurous at heart, enjoy the world’s longest zipline over the sea.

Authentic Cuban days and Unbelievable nights of fun onboard ship.  You’ll make history and hashtags as one of the first to sail to Cuba onboard Empress of the Seas®.

In each port of call we will have an optional group shore excursion, which enables you to enjoy the best of each port with the camaraderie of your own group of singles travelers.  In Havana we will enjoy an included group excursion, exploring the sights and sounds of this vibrant city with a special focus on the locations which drew legendary American writer Earnest Hemmingway to this amazing island so many times during his lifetime.

Each night we will have a group dinner to socialize and share the experiences of our day

October 25th – Fly into Miami at your leisure and make your way to the port of Miami to board the Royal Caribbean Empress of the Sea.  Our ship offer a world of onboard amenities including numerous bars and lounges, (one of the best is their lively piano bar, where they host nightly piano sing-alongs), plus a huge poolside movie screen on the sun deck.

We’re redefining the way you stay, one room at a time. With quiet comfort and services designed to exceed your expectations, our staterooms offer the perfect time-out from nonstop onboard action and exciting adventures in port. From special needs to wee ones, and even extended families wanting to keep the whole crew together, we’ve got you covered.

SHOW STOPPERS AT SEA
Our ship has many ways to entertain your nights.

Relive all your favorite Broadway shows in Broadway Rhythm & Rhyme Show. Or catch disco fever and shake your groove thing at the Boogie Wonderland Show.  If you’re up for some hysterical laughs, bring your funny bone to Love & Marriage or Battle of the Sexes show.

A HOT PARTY AT THE POOL
A quiet, starlit night at sea is the perfect opportunity to turn it up with club hits and classics, dancing and a midnight buffet on the pool deck.

There is also the disco, the piano bar, the casino and many more bars and lounges.

Tonight we will have a group orientation prior to the first of our nightly our group dinners.

October 26th -  Nassau Bahamas.  – Fun in the sun is the name of the game in Nassau, the jewel of the Bahamas.  You may wish to just hit the beach here and work on your tan or try any of the many watersports.

If you wish another type of fun in the sun, join us for our optional group shore excursion exploring the best of the Bahamas.

Nassau, Bahamas
ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

PALM TREES & PIRATE TALES
Find yourself right in the middle of the vibrant Junkanoo culture, bustling straw markets and glitzy casinos of Nassau. Here you can march to the beat of your own goombay drum, surrounded by swaying palm trees, white-sand beaches and the crystal-clear turquoise waters that make the islands of the Bahamas famous.


Description: Close up of Atlantis Paradise Island, Nassau, BahamasDescription: Closeup of a bottlenose dolphin swimming in Nassau, BahamasDescription: Colorful buildings in Paradise Island, Bahamas. All of them are about the same size, creating an interesting pattern or background.

 

THINGS TO DO

Description: View of Lagoon Beach at Atlantis Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas
LEGENDARY LOST CITY
Discover the Atlantis Resort— an entertainment mecca and home to the largest water park in the Caribbean. Located across the harbor on Paradise Island, you’ll find acres of adventures to be had— whether exploring underground tunnel aquariums, plunging down waterslides, or swimming with dolphins.


Description: Boats docked at the pastel colored Marina Village, Nassau, Bahamas
Private Paradise
A short, 30-minute boat ride off the coast is Pearl Island, one of the unique private islands of the Bahamas. Spend the day on water trampolines, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. Or relax in front of the iconic lighthouse while enjoying a frozen drink and freshly made conch salad.


Description: Jetskis lining a white sandy beach in Nassau, Bahamas
LOUNGE LIKE A LOCAL
Junkanoo Beach is a free, public stretch of sand with affordable lounge-chair and umbrella rentals and tasty Bahama Mamas. It’s an easy 15-minute walk from the harbor, and offers a taste of the island’s famous blue waters and soft sand with a hint of local flavor.

 

October 27th – At Sea – today is a day to enjoy the fun in the sun amenities of our cruise ship.  The sun deck calls you to work on your tan, or enjoy the pools, Jacuzzis and other onboard activities.

Description: Allure of the Seas, Whirlpool, relax, water, 
One of the glorious pools on our ship.

CRUISING
CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Description: AL, Allure of the Seas, May 2017 Instameet shoot,  cocktails, two hands holding up mixed drinks in a toast, pool area in background, fun, relaxation, relaxing,

 

THINGS TO DO

Description: HM, Harmony of the Seas, wide shot of young girl and young boy, teens, climbing Rock Wall, fun, POV from below, Ultimate Abyss slides on left, decorative photographic ceiling with jellyfish, sea life above,
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER
Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.


Description: Friends, diving, underwater, swimming pool
Pool Parties

 

October 28th – Labadee.  Enjoy a day on Royal Caribbean’s private paradise.  A huge barbeque lunch is offered on the beach for all Royal Caribbean passengers, as well as beach lounge chairs, hammocks and more, all provided complimentary by Royal Caribbean.

If you wish, join us for our optional excursion on the World’s Longest Zipline over the Ocean.

On this excursion we will be transported in custom made safari vehicles to take us from the beach up to the zipline takeoff point, high above the beaches of Labadee.  We will be placed in a safety harness and from a seated position in the harness we will enjoy breathtaking views as you zipline down over the ocean on a flight line which is more than 2,600 feet long at speeds of 40-50 mph.  The ride is safe and easy, as you do not need to do anything as you zip over the ocean and the beach and just enjoy the views.  You will land on a landing pad staffed by the zipline operatives.

The excursion lasts just over an hour, giving you ample time before and/or after the ride, to enjoy all of the amenities of the beach, take a swim in the ocean and enjoy the lavish lunch buffet provided complimentary to all Royal Caribbean passengers.

You may also wish to catch some of the best views of Labadee while coasting down a mountainside at 30 miles per hour on the Dragon’s Tail Coaster℠.

Labadee
ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

PARADISE FOUND
WHERE ADVENTURE ABOUNDS

You set your own schedule at our private resort, Labadee®. For the ultimate thrill, hop on the longest zip line over water. If beachside napping is more your speed, unwind in a private bungalow overlooking Nellie’s Beach. At Labadee, paradise takes many forms.

Description: Girl zip lining down Dragon's Breath Flight Line, Labadee, Haiti
Description: Young couple relaxing in a private bungalow at Nellie's Beach, Labadee, Haiti
Description: 4 friends zip lining down Dragon's Breath Flight Line overlooking Labadee, Haiti
PARADISE FOUND

THINGS TO DO

Description: Man zip lining down Dragon's Breath Flight Line with view of the beach below, Labadee, Haiti
HIGH FLYING THRILLS
Soar along the Dragon’s Breath Flight Line℠, the world’s longest zip line over water, and see Labadee from 500 feet above ground.

Description: Girl riding Dragon's Tail Coaster with view of the beach, Labadee, Haiti
CARIBBEAN COASTING
Catch some of the best views of Labadee while coasting down a mountainside at 30 miles per hour on the Dragon’s Tail Coaster℠.

Description: Private Bungalow at Nellie's Beach, Labadee, Haiti
CABANA BREAK
Relax and recharge in the shade of a private bungalow at Nellie’s beach. When you’re ready to catch some rays, drift over gentle waves on a floating beach mat.

 

October 29th – Santiago De CubaToday we arrive at our first port of call on the island nation of Cuba.
One of the most interesting and historically significant places in Cuba is Santiago de Cuba.

 Welcome to Santiago de Cuba, capital of the island’s “Wild East” and its glittering cultural nerve center, one that’s core to the evolution of Cuban architecture, literature and music.

This is the site of the only land battle of the Spanish-American War where, on July 1, 1898, flanked by his rough riders, Teddy Roosevelt led a victorious cavalry charge against the Spanish. Loma de San Juan is also the home of the Unknown Mambi Soldier.

Founded by Spanish conquistador Diego Velazquez de Cuellar in 1514, Santiago was the capital of the Spanish colony of Cuba from 1522 until 1589. Today, Santiago remains the most important urban area outside of Havana, and is home to the birth of most forms of Cuba’s long-lasting and globally renowned music. Visitors from around the world come to enjoy the music originating in Santiago.

Of more political importance, Santiago is known for being the Cradle of the Revolution. It was here, in 1953, Fidel Castro led an ill-prepared attack on Batistas Barracks at Moncada. And finally, a few years later after successfully toppling Batista and his dictatorship, Castro gave his victory speech in Parque Cespedes in Santiago.

The region is well known for many other things. There are the ruins of French coffee plantations to the east of the city in the mountains that are recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site. The famed Cuban cigar has deep-rooted tradition in Santiago, as does the production of rum. Both a cigar factory, and rum distillery can be found in Santiago.

This region has the largest concentration of Afro-Cubans and is the center for Afro-Cuban culture. No doubt this has influenced the proliferation of music from the area over the centuries. Several music venues are to be found here, showcasing the diverse range and forms of Cuban music. There is even an outlet of the Tropicana night club.

Description: Cuba Cruise - Santiago de Cuba
One of the impressive fortresses in Santiago de Cuba

Today you can join us on an optional shore excursion sponsored by Royal Caribbean, or explore Santiago de Cuba at your own pace.

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

CULTURE CAPITAL
Discover the passionate essence of Santiago de Cuba first-hand as you walk the 100-year-old Padre Pico Steps to the old French quarter of Tivoli. Taste Cuban rum at the spot where Bacardi made his first batch. Stand before the graves of national heroes in Santa Ifigenia Cemetery. Or take the adventure offshore as you kayak the bay.


Description: A church with palm trees on a sunny day in Santiago, Cuba Description: A government building with colonial architecture in the Cespedes Park in Santiago, Cuba Description: A fort from the 17th century in Santiago, Cuba

 

THINGS TO DO

Description: Open area with benches in the Cespedes Park in Santiago, Cuba
ROMANCING THE COBBLESTONES

Step out for a walk through bustling Parque Cespedes, one of the city’s main plazas. Admire colonial City Hall and see the ancient Casa Velazquez mansion. Take a snapshot of the Baroque cathedral— and get lost in the romantic melodies of live music splayed throughout Santiago’s lively streets.

Description: Castle of San Pedro de la Roca and Fort in Santiago, Cuba during sunset
HOLD THE FORT

Behold Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca del Morro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site sitting high above Santiago harbor. Explore its time-worn walls while learning about its defensive legacy during pirate times and the Spanish-American War. Then hear the cannons fire at sunset.

Description: Ropa Vieja, which is white rice with shredded beef, is a local cuisine in Santiago, Cuba
LOCAL CUISINE

Local restaurants offer multi-course Comida Criollo menus, and authentic dishes can also be enjoyed in family homes, served by private paladares. Try Cuban staples like ropa vieja (stewed beef) and tostones (fried plantain patties). Sip rocio con gallo (coffee with rum) or a milkshake at the legendary La Arboleda. Top it off with minty mojitos at a rooftop bar overlooking the city.

October 30th – At Sea – Enjoy another fun in the sun day at sea onboard our ship to relax, sunbathe, swim, or soak in the jacuzzis.  Visit the spa, the gym or one of the onboard activities.

October 31st – HAPPY HALLOWEEN in HAVANNA
Havana, Cuba
ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

WHERE YESTERDAY LIVES TODAY

Step into a time warp where classic cars, stately squares, and crumbling estates hint at a history begging to be discovered. Havana may be a look into the past, but its iconic music, distinctive culture, and nostalgic allure never get old.

Join us today for an incredible private group shore excursion of Havana  Today’s tour is included is your cruise package withsinglescruisesandtours.com

Today’s tour:  hemmingway’s havana
For over 30 years Hemingway and Havana have had a mythic relationship. Cuba played such an important part of Hemingway's life that he wrote 7 books there, among them 'The Old Man and the Sea', 'Islands in the Stream' and 'Movable Feast'. His home, just outside of the city of Havana, was called La Finca Vigía, which means The Lookout. The home was left to the Cuban people and it has undergone some restoration. It is full of books, lots of knickknacks and an old Victrola along with favorite records.

In May, 2006 Cuba sent 11,000 of Hemingway's private documents to the JFK Presidential Library in America for digitalization after agreeing, in 2002, to allow the US to fund a project to digitalize those left in the basement of the home. This literary treasure trove, including a previously unseen epilogue for For Whom the Bell Tolls, was finally made available online in January 2009. (Please refer to Restrictions in reference to the access to the home.)

There is much more that delivers the atmosphere of past attraction of the author and you will move on to the town of Cojimar, just a short ride away. It is interesting to see the lovely homes in town as you head for Hemingway's favorite bar, the inspiration for 'The Old Man and the Sea'. Las Terraza is loaded with photographs from that time period and a table overlooking the sea was the spot that Hemingway favored. It was also the favorite of his captain, the late Gregorio Fuentes, to whom he left his boat. You will take a short walk to the waterfront where a statue of Hemingway was created from old anchors, props, and tools salvaged by local fishermen to honor his memory.

Heading back to the city, you will be able to follow Hemingway's trail in Old Havana. A stop at the Hotel Ambos Mundos and Ernest's room #511, you can see where Hemingway stayed in the 1930s before he bought his home. It is easy to imagine life at that time, as the décor of the restaurant-bar has retained the atmosphere of the past.

Two places are nearby with 2 famous and favorite drinks - la Bodeguita del Medio is famous for its mojitos and the Floridita for its superb daiquiris!

You can hang out here and try them both, and find your way back on your own, an easy walk to the pier and many of the hotels.

We will make arrangements for meaningful dialogue with locals throughout your day! These memories and personal interactions will last a lifetime.  This private tour of Havana is fully licensed by the US government under the strict U.S. guidelines introduced by the U.S. government on November 9th, 2017.

This excursion runs from 11am-3pm, allowing you time both before and after our tour to explore a bit of Havana at your leisure on your own if you wish.  Our ship sails at 5pm and all passengers must be back on board by 4:30pm.


 Tonight we will enjoy a fabulous Halloween party on our ship.  We encourage everyone to bring a Halloween costume and join us for a fun time.

 

November 1st – today our cruise ends and you can either make your own way to the airport or purchase a transport seat on one of RCCL’s buses going regularly from the ship to the airport.

 

Your singlescruisesandtours.com Halloween Cruise of Cuba and more includes

  • 7 night cruise on royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas sailing from Miami, visiting Nassau Bahamas, Labadee (RCCL’s private paradise), Santiago de Cuba and Havana Cuba
  • 4 hour private guided group tour of “Hemmingway’s Havana” on our day in Havana Cuba
  • Free roommate matching based on gender and non-smoking or smoking choice
  • Group dining each night
  • Singlescruisesandtours.com trip escort
  • All taxes

 Trip cost:
With a roommate of the same gender and non-smoking or smoking choice assigned:
$1475 based on an inside cabin accommodation on the cruise
$1675 based on ocean view cabin accommodations on the cruise

Anyone wishing the privacy of their own cabin for single occupancy, would pay an additional single room supplement of $700 for an inside cabin, or $900 for an ocean view cabin

 A deposit of $400 is due within 7 days of booking and the balance payment is due July 10th.

Cancel policy:  if you have traveled with us at least one time before then you are part of our Ohana, a Hawaiian term for family.  As part of our travel family, you can cancel without penalty until the cancel date, which for this trip is May 10th.  Cancelations after May 10th will forfeit their deposit.

If you have never traveled with us before, you may cancel until the same cancel date of May 10th  and receive a future trip credit in the amount of your trip deposit, which you can apply to any of our trips which depart any date within 2 years of the start date of your canceled trip.

Travel insurance is available upon request.  Please contact us for rates.

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