Questions related to Cuba Cruises

Per the new regulations that were issued by the United States government on November 8, 2017, we are pleased to inform that we do not anticipate any changes to our cruise itineraries, and we look forward to continuing to sail there. All of the travel...
For U.S. citizens who were not born in Cuba, the documents are pretty straightforward. You will need: A  passport book (NO passport cards or other forms of I.D. will be accepted) valid for 6 months after the sailing date, for all guests including min...
Currently, there are 12 authorized categories of travel to Cuba that are permitted under a general license. These categories are the following: Family visits Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental...
Yes, every guest who plans to go ashore in Cuba must have a tourist visa. You may also hear this referred to as a visitor card or entry card. For your convenience, Royal Caribbean can facilitate your Cuban tourist visa at the embarkation terminal for...
Yes. All guests — regardless of country of residence — are required to meet one of the 12 categories of authorized travel while onshore in Cuba and to carry the appropriate visa if applicable. Additionally, all guests cruising to Cuba, regardless of ...
A passport is required for all guests cruising to Cuba, regardless of age or country of residence, must present a passport booklet (NO passport cards or other forms of I.D. will be accepted) valid for at least 6 months after sailing date. Citizens of...
No. Per U.S. Customs and Border Protection regulations, all cruises to Cuba require a passport book (NO passport cards or other forms of I.D. will be accepted) valid for at least 6 months after the sailing date, for all guests including minors.
In accordance with U.S. law, all guests (including children) traveling to Cuba must complete a Travel Certification document identifying the category of travel under which they are visiting. This must be completed prior to boarding the ship. Guests s...
People-to-people travel tours are education-based trips designed to promote interactions between travelers and the Cuban people.
The recently amended regulations do not affect any of our sailings to Cuba. However, “self-guided people-to-people” travel is no longer allowed for any guest that booked on June 16, 2017 or after. This means that guests will need to choose a group “p...
The new Cuba regulations went into effect November 9, 2017.
To travel to Cuba with Royal Caribbean, guests must qualify for one of the 12 categories of authorized travel or hold a specific license issued by OFAC. One of the 12 categories, Educational Activities, allows “people-to-people” activities, which can...
If you booked before June 16, 2017, you are exempt from the new regulations for your booked sailing and may choose to select Self-Guided Program, which is Box #3 of the Travel Certification.
All guests must certify by indicating which category of authorized travel they will be traveling under, regardless of whether they intend to disembark in Cuba.
Yes, you can enjoy Havana before or after your tour, as long as you are engaged in a full-day schedule of educational exchange activities as set forth by OFAC regulations.
The new regulations require a full-day schedule of educational exchange activities when traveling in Cuba.  If you will be in Cuba for two full days, then you should be participating in a tour for each day.
You may purchase a tour with a third-party company.  It is the responsibility of the guest to ensure that the purchased tour complies with U.S. regulations, is sponsored by a U.S. organization, and offers a full-day schedule of educational exchange a...
Yes, the new regulations apply to all guests — regardless of nationality or country of residence — boarding a vessel in a U.S. port. This portion of the regulations are not new and have always been applicable to international guests.
All of our Royal Caribbean Cuba shore excursions are designed to meet the necessary qualifications for authorized group “people-to-people” travel.
At this time, requirements to travel to Cuba include a passport book (NO passport cards or other forms of I.D. will be accepted) valid for at least 6 months after the sailing date, for all guests including minors, acquiring the appropriate visa, and ...
In November 2017, new regulations went into effect that prohibit guests from engaging in “direct financial transactions” with certain entities in Cuba. There are approximately 178 places listed as prohibited entities. Some popular locations frequentl...
Yes, in order to board the ship, all guests, including children and international guests, must fill out and submit the Travel Certification document to Royal Caribbean. Please download and complete the document before arriving. Each guest must bring ...
No, the new regulations have not impacted visa requirements, and all guests are still required to acquire the appropriate visa to enter Cuba.
Yes. Cuban-American persons born in Cuba are permitted to arrive in Cuba by vessel. If you are a Cuban-born traveler, you will need additional documentation. Cuban-born citizens who came to the U.S. on or after January 1, 1971, must enter Cuba using ...
There are both U.S. and Cuba import regulations that travelers must comply with when traveling and bringing items into Cuba.  For information on U.S. import regulations, please review the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security’s ...
Guests are generally authorized to bring into the U.S. merchandise acquired in Cuba for personal use as accompanied baggage.
Guests sailing on back-to-back Cuba sailings will require separate visas for each leg of their cruise.
One visa serves for the entire sailing to Cuba. Even if your sailing involves an overnight stay in Havana, or if your ship’s itinerary calls at more than one port in Cuba, as long as no other country is visited in between Cuban ports you will travel ...
Guests do have the option to remain onboard the ship while in port, and it is at each guest's discretion whether to disembark while in Cuba. Guests who choose to remain onboard the ship do not have to complete the visa forms and will not be required ...
While traveling in Cuba it is unlikely that you will be covered by your U.S. health plan. You will need to check with your insurance provider regarding your medical insurance coverage in Cuba. However, you should note that your cruise fare includes m...
Your cruise fare includes mandatory coverage required by the Cuban government during your visit to Cuba.
You do not need any inoculations before visiting Cuba.    
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is committed to the safety and health of our guests and crew. We are closely monitoring the Zika virus situation and are aware that the CDC has issued a travel alert for certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ...
As some prescription drugs may be illegal in Cuba, we recommend guests check with the Cuban Embassy to verify that all prescription(s) are legal to bring into Cuba. Guests should bring all medicines (including over-the-counter medicines) they might n...
Accessibility in Cuba is limited due to lack of curb cuts, ramps and accessible vehicles. While accessible facilities (such as hotels) may exist, these facilities may not be comparable to accessible facilities found in the U.S. and other parts of the...
Guests sailing with us to Cuba may purchase alcohol and tobacco products in Cuba for personal consumption, from authorized retailers.
Credit cards are not likely to be accepted. Guests should anticipate paying for items in local currency.
There are two types of currencies in Cuba — CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso) and CUP (Cuban Peso). The CUC is the currency used by tourists while the CUP is used by locals. $0.87 CUC = $1 US   $25 CUP = $1 US
Cuban CUCs (Cuban Currency) can only be legally transacted at an official CADECA (Currency Exchange Houses) and hotels. You’ll find these official exchange stations conveniently located at the cruise terminal, at every hotel lobby in the country, and...
For further information regarding credit card use and/or transactions in Cuba, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/cuba.html
Regulations do not require financial institutions or credit card companies to accept, maintain, or facilitate authorized financial relationships or transactions.
Visitors to Cuba, like visitors to all countries in today’s world, need to be mindful of their personal safety. We recommend guests consider the following guidance: Leave valuables and irreplaceable items inside your stateroom safe. Avoid wearing exp...
It is illegal to buy cigars on the street; they must be purchased from authorized retailers. Currency exchanges for Cuban CUCs (Cuban Currency) can only be legally transacted at an official CADECA (Currency Exchange Houses) and hotels.
Drink only bottled water Wear loose fitting, airy clothes, comfortable shoes and a hat for the tropical climate Only a few places are air conditioned; bring a fan and/or mister Purchase items only from authorized sellers Exchange money only at offici...
Passport book Visa SeaPass card (cruise card) Cash Tissues
Guests sailing to Cuba can purchase RCTPP just like with any Royal Caribbean cruise. Bear in mind that Travel Protection cannot reimburse medical providers directly for any medical expenses you incur while in Cuba, but will reimburse you upon return,...
We recommend casual dress for a tropical climate. Cotton shirts and chinos/khakis are appropriate for restaurants and hotels. Ladies are free to wear shorts and tank tops and do not need to worry about covering up.
Depending on where you are coming from, you might find there is less infrastructure in Cuba than you are used to. The food is rich in culture, but potentially unfamiliar. It’s unlikely that you will be able to pay with credit cards, your cellular ser...
You will need to check with your phone provider regarding international coverage in Cuba.
High speed Wi-Fi is available onboard both our ships sailing to Cuba. You will very likely not have access to the internet while ashore in Cuba.

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