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NEON CRUISE GOES TO HAVANA! Join the Museum of NeOn Art in Cuba on May 7 - 11, 2020

Dear friends and lovers of neon!

We invite you to join the Museum of Neon Art for an extraordinary trip to Havana, Cuba, May of 2020 to experience a most interesting, grass-roots urban development as a whole city rediscovers its love affair with neon. Over the last five years, Havana has re-kindled its vintage neon lights through a public art program called Habana Light Neon + Signs which has already restored over fifty signs in the Capital city and revived a neon district that had been dark for decades.

As you know, we have hosted thousands of visitors to the LA Neon scene since 1981. The Museum of Neon Art's Neon Cruise has always explored the aesthetic dimensions of public neon in the City of Angels. This will be our first international neon trip and we are excited to start with Cuba. As Havana celebrates its 500th anniversary, we will spend a week exploring the city to discover its historic signage and hear the stories of the places they promoted. We will also explore 500 years of architecture and delve into the history of the city. We will ride classic cars around town, explore Colonial architecture, listen to excellent Cuban music, visit artist studios, and eat at some of the most interesting restaurants in the capital city.

I feel extremely fortunate to be part of the great MONA family and I am honored that you may consider joining us as we deepen or connection to Cuba. I invite you to learn more about our first international neon trip below.

We hope you will join us!

J. Eric Lynxwiler

MONA Board Member and Neon Historian

Havana Noir

Havana was once graced by thousands of electric signs on theaters, stores, hotels and nightclubs. It was a city of lights that rivaled even Paris in the 1940’s. Neon and incandescent signs bathed the city in glow that was emblematic of its urban chic. During the early 1960’s, the style fell into disfavor and the neon signs that lit the Habana’s business and entertainment districts slowly disappeared or went dark. The commercial undertones of the fabulous signage, as well as the maintenance required in the harsh, tropical climate, propelled the signs into decay. Today, Havana is a city that is quickly reclaiming tradition and breathing new life into the beautiful signs that have survived.

The Museum of Neon Art encourages learning, curiosity and expression through the preservation, collection and interpretation of neon, electric and kinetic art. Neon is a gateway between scientific principles and artistic expression. Neon illumination integrates electrical technology, creative design, and fundamental concepts of physics and chemistry. The Museum of Neon Art is the only museum in the world devoted exclusively to art in electric media, exhibiting electric and kinetic fine art, and outstanding examples of historic neon signs, for over three decades.

Program Details

Double Occupancy: $2,653 per person

Single Occupancy: $2,977 per person

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Please see the below payment schedule. Deposit checks should be made out to "Project Por Amor LLC". Payment by credit cards includes a 3% processing fee. Changes and cancellations 90 days (February 7, 2020) before departure will be refunded based on the refund policy found in the Terms and Conditions.

For more information on any aspect of this trip, please contact Sage Lewis at Project Por Amor by telephone: 310-961-1574 or email: projectporamor@gmail.com

Please note that spots will be given on a first-come-first serve basis. We encourage you to sign up while there is still availability.

Program Price Includes

  • Arrival assistance at Jose Marti Airport (HAV)
  • Cuban Visa
  • Licensing paperwork for Support for the Cuban People or Professional Research travelers
  • Medical insurance in Cuba
  • Transfers in and out from the airport to accommodations in Cuba
  • Accommodations for 4 nights (HAV) Iberostar Hotel Habana Riviera
  • 3 lunches, 2 dinners, and daily breakfasts at the hotel
  • Welcome reception at Rex Duplex Theater
  • Closing dinner at home studio of Kadir Lopez
  • A ride through the city in a fleet of American classic convertibles
  • 3 visits to museums or organizations
  • Vintage sign hunts throughout the city
  • Behind the scenes architectural tour of Tropicana Nightclub grounds
  • Artist/designer studio visits as required in itinerary
  • A discussion with a Cuban economist about economic issues facing the country
  • Music venues after hours (on your own)
  • Luxury motor coach &/or van transportation for the whole program
  • Professional Cuba-based guide for the whole program

Program price does not include

  • Airfare
  • Tips per person (guide and driver, baggage handlers)
  • Trip interruption insurance
  • All other items not listed in "PROGRAM PRICE INCLUDES"

Legal Travel to Cuba

We have designed this trip so that it is compliant with the latest (June 6th, 2019) travel restrictions to Cuba. Our trip fully adheres to the US Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) §515.574 General License for Support for the Cuban People and §515.564 General License for Professional Research categories of legal travel to Cuba. Each traveler agrees to engage in a full-time schedule of activities that result in meaningful interaction with individuals and professionals in Cuba, enhance contact with the Cuban people, and support civil society in Cuba. Staying in US approved hotels or Cuban Casas Particulares, eating at privately owned Cuban restaurants (paladares), shopping at privately owned stores run by self-employed Cubans (cuentapropistas), exchanging with Cuban artists, and engaging in our cultural program that provide renewal for the Cuban people are an important part of this program.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Reservations & Payments: Online sign up must be accompanied by a deposit in the amount of $750 due to Project Por Amor by February 10, 2020. Checks should be made out to "Project Por Amor". Payment by credit cards must be made over the phone and includes a 3% processing fee. Full payment of the final balance is due by March 10, 2020. Any pre- and post- trip arrangements not finalized by 75 days before travel, may result in an additional service fee. It is our policy to hold travel documents until full payment is received.

Cancellations/Refunds: Written cancellation received by Project Por Amor (hereafter called PPA) by March 10, 2020 will result in a $500 refund. In the event of later cancellation by the participant, no refund will be made. No refund will be made for any part of this program in which you choose not to participate. The right is reserved to cancel this program at any time prior to departure if it is deemed necessary, or if registration numbers prove insufficient and a full refund will be made to those persons registered at the time.

Escrow Protection: PPA will deposit all of your payments directly into our separate client account. This means that such funds will be maintained separate and apart from our operating funds until approximately 60 days prior to departure when we are required to pay the costs of your trip.

Included: All services as detailed in this proposal. Not Included: Passport fees, baggage fees, items of a personal nature, such as valet/laundry, phone/fax/Internet communications; items not on the regular menus, expenses of hotels outside of Cuba, meals, guides, buses, cars, railroads, boats, etc. for sightseeing not included in the itinerary; trip insurance; any other items not specifically included; after-tour gratuities to Cuban guide and motor coach driver.

Comprehensive Travel Protection Plan: PPA makes available to you a recommended comprehensive travel protection plan that is administered by a third party. This includes trip cancellation and trip interruption coverage, as well as trip delay, baggage coverage and delay, accident & sickness medical expenses, emergency evacuation. This is an optional service to each traveler to be paid directly to the travel protection provider.

Accommodation Prices: All prices provided are per person based on various room and bathroom sharing options. Triple room reductions will be provided, where applicable. All prices are based on rates as known at the time a reservation is accepted by PPA and expected to be in effect at the time of the commencement of services. These rates are subject to increase without notice if such rates change prior to the commencement of services. Substitution: Cuba is a country with a weak infrastructure and accommodations are subject to substitution if conditions change. Although we cannot categorically insure that every accommodation will be available during our trip, we will work diligently to keep the service selections intact and/or insure that any substitutes will be in the same category. Room Occupancy: PPA will make every effort to accommodate your single or double room or suite request. Room Conditions: PPA will work with the service provider to make every effort to insure that your room is acceptable by US Standards. However, travelers must understand that all accommodations are unique and there will be many small differences between every room. Furthermore, we cannot be responsible for conditions that are occasionally caused by Cuba’s infrastructure breakdowns.

Insurance Information and Medical Evacuation: Health insurance in Cuba is provided as part of the program cost through the Cuban visitor’s health insurance agency Asistur. We also encourage each participant to purchase Trip Interruption/Cancellation insurance with a third-party provider such as Allianz or Travel Guard. Please note that it is only possible to purchase trip insurance within two weeks of paying your deposit.

Responsibility: In all matters related to the making of arrangements for hotel accommodations, required program activities, sightseeing tours and services provided incident there to, entertainment and transportation by air, railroad, motor coach, boat, automobile, taxi, etc. PPA will act only in the capacity of an agent for any of the travel services with regard to carriers, hotels, suppliers and all other related services. Because of our status as operators, and because we maintain no control over the personnel, equipment, or operations of these travel service providers, we can assume no responsibility for and cannot be held liable for any personal injury, property/luggage damage or other loss, accident, delay, inconvenience or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of (1) any wrongful or negligent actions or omissions on the part of the suppliers, (2) any wrongful, negligent or unauthorized acts or omissions on the part of any employee of any of these suppliers, (3) any defect in or failure of any vehicle, equipment, or instrumentality owned, operated, or otherwise used by any of these suppliers, or (4) any wrongful or negligent actions or omissions on the part of any party not under the control direct or otherwise of PPA. Group members assume responsibility for their physical abilities to travel. PPA and their agents reserve the right to decline to accept or retain any persons as a member of the trip any time before departure or during the trip should said person’s health or physical condition or general deportment impede the operation of the program, in which case no refund will be given. The above disclaimers are similarly claimed by any sponsor of the trip, if applicable. The trip prices mentioned in this document are based on tariffs and costs in effect at the time of printing and are subject to increase without notice should there be any upward revision in such tariffs or costs before departure. In the event that it becomes necessary or advisable for any reason whatsoever to alter the itinerary or arrangements such alternations may be made. Additional expenses, if any, will be born by the travelers. The price includes the operator’s compensation for service, supervision, operation, promotion, and profit. Airlines, railroads, and vessels concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyances.

Optional Activities: Optional activities furnished by independent suppliers not affiliated with PPA carry with them various inherent risks that can cause serious personal injury. Although precautions are taken by suppliers to guard against such dangers, your safety cannot be guaranteed. Should you elect to participate in such activities while on this program, you must understand that participation will be at your own risk. PPA assume no liability for your safety.

Photo Release: The participants grant PPA permission to use their likeness in a photograph, video, or other digital media (“photo”) for limited use in its own publications and promotional material of its programs, including web-based publications and social media, without payment or other consideration. Additionally, participants waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of the photo for promotional purposes of PPA's programs. If a participant prefers to not have their image used publicly in any way, they must request privacy in writing to PPA will not publish any photos where their likeness appears.

Acts of God and Like: PPA are not liable for acts of God, fire, acts of governments or other authorities, wars, civil disturbances, riots, terrorist acts, strikes, thefts, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines, dangers incident to sea, land and air travel and other similar acts or incidents beyond its ability to control.

Compliance with United States and Cuban Laws: By paying the deposit and other invoices for this trip, the participant certifies that he/she will abide with all applicable laws for foreign visitors in Cuba. Failure to comply with U.S. and Cuban law will result in immediate expulsion from the program.

Cuban American Participants: Acknowledge that their Cuban visa, passport and any other required documents are in place and up-to-date. Please call PPA if you have any questions.

Traveler’s Representations: Acceptance of the Confirmation/Invoice covering this trip and payment thereof certifies that you have not recently been treated for, nor are you aware of any physical or other condition or disability that would create a hazard to yourself or other members of this tour, and is also an acceptance of the trip conditions applicable to the trip ad that you have read and understand those conditions.

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