Cuba by Cruise Ship, Volume 1 STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT NEFF

Visiting Havana, Cuba by cruise ship offers unique views and experiences that a hotel or private home cannot provide. So, if you are tight on time, want tour options, or desire accommodations like home, I recommend a cruise ship. My experience was an overnight visit on Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas from the Port of Tampa. Royal Caribbean processed the visa application when I checked-in at the Port of Tampa. Prior to embarking on the cruise, I had reserved the tour experience, and the time and date online.

I purchased two tours. The first was a sightseeing tour of the city on an air conditioned bus that also provided exploration at several stops. Second was a walking tour of Old Havana's four plazas. After each tour, I returned to the ship to drop off my purchases and refresh. Clearing customs was quick and easy each time. I was free to come and go all day and night to explore Old Havana on my own.

This photography book is the first volume and shows Havana's highlights. Future volumes will share my ship experience and more of Havana and its people, architecture and food that I captured with my pro camera and iphone 6 plus. Check my web site for updates.

In ten years, Cuba tourism has increased from 1 million to 4.2 million.

Going under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Cruise ship approaching Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Cruise ship just cleared the Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Gulf of Mexico Sunset

The deck chair was an invitation to a Gulf of Mexico sunset

Great sunset location on a cruise ship
Crepuscular rays radiate from the sun
Before sunset, the sun is slipping in between the clouds
On board we called this the "Sunset Fireball"

Havana, Cuba. July 2017.

The cruise port is located at Terminal Sierra Maestra, where small cruise ships dock. I understand a French company is to build a new cruise port for large cruise ships and make improvements on the airport. Upstairs is customs and the currency exchange. Photo is from the ground level floor. HavanaTur welcome booth is located behind me. Taxi que is at the exit behind me.

Terminal Sierra Maestra's 42 steps
Hilltop view of the cruise ship and Havana from base of Christ of Havana.
Taxis parked along the Malecon just north of the cruise ship
Plaza de la Revolucion (Jose Marti Memorial)
Christ of Havana by Cuban artist Jilma Madera. This is largest sculpture in the world by a woman.
Sculpted in Carrara marble, the statue weighs 320 tons and is composed of 67 pieces brought from Italy
Cathedral, Colón Cemetery
Cigar Lady at Plaza de la Catedral
Plaza de Armas
Cuban Ladies in Traditional Dress kissing a tourist at Plaza de Armas
Walking the Malecon along Canal de Entrada
Castillo del Morro
La Bodeguita Del Medio was made famous by Ernest Hemingway and claim to have originated mojitos
Plaza de la Catedral
Mime at Basílica San Francisco de Asís
Plaza Vieja
Aqueduct at Calle Mercaderes and Calle del Obispo. Street musicians (left) and Hotel Ambos Mundos (right) on Calle del Obispo. Hemingway began his novel For Whom the Bell Tolls at the hotel.
Street musician along Calle del Obispo
El Floridita is "The Cradle of the Daiquiri"
Ernest Hemingway frequented the Floridita

Sunset departure from Havana

Our Lady of Kazan Orthodox Cathedral
Dome of the La Lonja del Comercio de La Habana (Commerce Market) building
El Capitolio (National Capitol Building) under renovation
Passing the El Capitolio on cruise ship's top deck
Cafe de Cuba
Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta
Storm approaching Havana

Flying fish off both sides of the cruise ship

When taking off, the flying fish uses the tail to rise out of the water
Sometimes, many flying fish would leave the water and fly for short distance

See more of the Cuban Cigar Lady at Havana Plaza Cathedral and Cuban Cigar and Rum Cafe Experience

My book, Pelican Beakon, earned a silver medal at 2017 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Book Award in the short story fiction category. The Pelican Beakon is a newspaper for pelicans, by pelicans, and their one staff human photographer who dreams of being a writer. Read more about the Pelican Beakon on its website.

Enjoy more stories and images of what I get to enjoy everyday!

Purchase Robert Neff's Photography online at Saatachi Art, Adobe Stock Photography and Fotolia. If you see a photograph that is not there, let me know. I can add the image.

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