Rum and Salsa in a Sea of Change


Cuba’s isolation is coming to an end. We discover new ways to see the island on a week-long cruise, with plenty of cocktails and dancing along the way.


Iron-grey skies over Havana. Rain hammering down. Waves crashing over the Malecon, the city’s five-mile sea wall. We soldier on, trudging slippery streets, determined to see everything. A hole-in-the-wall bar beckons. Inside, a girl is singing with the band and an old man is going big time on the maracas. We sit there for hours, getting merry on music and mojitos. Even in the rain, Havana is gorgeous.


I’m on a cruise that will take me right round Cuba, spending two days in the capital, so there’s another chance to explore the next day, when we wake up to a city bathed in sunshine. We flag down a taxi driver in a Barbie-pink 1950s Chevy for a tour. The clear air brings out the colours…

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