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Information for Cuba, Her People & Culture Photo Workshop

February 27 - March 6, 2017 - Arrive Santa Clara Monday: Depart Havana Monday a week later.

You will need to arrive in Miami by 5 p.m. Sunday, February 26, because the workshop starts that night with a very important introductory meeting.

And for safety, leave Miami Tuesday, March 7, because we return from Cuba late afternoon on the 6th.
 


Cost:  $4,650 for participants in single: $4,500 for participants in double; & $3,500 for non-photographing spouses/guests in double

Does NOT include commercial airfare to/from Cuba nor special visas. Our seats, special visas, insurance, etc. have now been secured at a group rate of approximately another $377+/- per person.

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Because of US sanctions, we cannot accept credit cards, and all payments will be made through Cuba Culural Travel. Please e-mail a copy of your completed Application pages, so we can welcome you and send you information on the next step in the application process.

Trip Insurance:
We highly recommended that you get travel insurance when traveling to Cuba, or anywhere else, for that matter.. While your charter airfare will include health insurance, if there are any delays, etc., you'll want to be covered. Cuba Cultural Travel (CCT) uses USI Travel Insurance Services that already has a copy of CCT's OFAC license.

Accommodations: (Links sometimes require pop-up windows.)
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For our night before departure, CCT will arrange for a good discount. They have also done the same for the night we return to Miami for those who need to stay over (highly recommended because of possible delays).

In past years, we have stayed at the hotel listed below. It is very convenient to the airport, and there is shuttle service that runs every 20 minutes or so. It seems to be the hotel of choice for pilots and flight crew.

Usually, we do not get the information to the discounted rate until the fall, so don't panic!

      Crowne Plaza Miami International Airport
      950 NW 42nd Avenue (LeJeune Road)
      Miami, FL 33126
      Tel.: 1-305-446-9000 (code will come late fall)

Transportation Schedule:
Because we leave early Monday, February 27, for our commercial flight to Cuba, you will need to stay at our hotel (see above under Accommodations).

We will actually meet Sunday at 5:00 p.m. for an important session to share important insights about your adventure in Cuba.
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Please make your travel plans accordingly. Once we are en route to Cuba, we will not have time to repeat all this.

We will all return the afternoon of Monday, March 6. There are always possibilitites of delays, so we recommend that you do not fly home until the following day, but if you do, be sure to allow at least three hours before continuing on your way. Remember, with the state of the world, it may take longer to clear customs, so keep that in mind.

Seats on the commercial flight between Miami and Cuba are in great demand, so if you miss your flight to Miami, you may not be able to join us in a timely manner.

Passport:
You will obviously not only need a passport, but you will need to check and make sure it is valid for at least six months forward from the date of your departure to Cuba. For those who have to renew in 2017, be forewarned that this will be an extremely busy year for renewals because of when the hologram Passport designs went into effect. Please allow a full 8-12 weeks to that you are covered. Some of us are renewing early to avoid delays and undue heartburn.

Airport: The nearest major Airport is Miami (MIA) from which we will fly to and return from Cuba.

Travel Agent:
Navigating the maze of overseas flights can be daunting, totally frustrating, and time-consuming as we all search for the best fare. We have two travel agents that we can highly recommend —Sharon Erickson at www.Cheryl-CruisePlanners.com in West End, NC. She is an American Express Travel Representative, is well traveled, and is very savvy in so much more than just cruises. She has access to resources unavailable to us mere mortals and can often find fares that are below the ones on the Internet.

With domestic fares, she does need to charge a fee, usually around $35, but for many, it is well worth it. Call Sharon at at 877-693-4535 (East Coast) or e-mail her as noted above.

Please note that in cases where we negotiate special rates with our hotels, you must either book through our travel agent, or use our links and make your reservations yourself. This information is noted for each workshop under Accommodations above.

Flying with Photo Equipment
It is always good to check with your airline before traveling to make sure you are complying with their current rules. Alas, TSA no longer has guidelines and passes consumers along to their airline of choice. Be prepared to do some deep digging.

We NEVER check our camera gear; nor do we ever check our laptops. The airlines will not cover these, and even if they did, you would be up a creek without those items. Common sense dictates that you allow plenty of extra time should TSA ask you to empty your bag and sift through each item one by one.

You may also want to select your airline based on its willingness to work with photographers...

Remember, you may have to check your bag plane-side before boarding smaller aircraft. We have done this numerous times over the decades without any problems ... knock on wood!

If you are a member of a photo association, carry your membership card. It may help you, but that is not a guarantee.

Finally, too many people bring too much gear. The less you worry about your gear, the more you will see what is around you.

It is always good to check with your airline before traveling to make sure you are complying with their current rules. Alas, TSA no longer has guidelines and passes consumers along to their airline of choice. Be prepared to do some deep digging.

We NEVER check our camera gear; nor do we ever check our laptops. The airlines will not cover these, and even if they did, you would be up a creek without those items. Common sense dictates that you allow plenty of extra time should TSA ask you to empty your bag and sift through each item one by one.

You may also want to select your airline based on its willingness to work with photographers...

Remember, you may have to check your bag plane-side before boarding smaller aircraft. We have done this numerous times over the decades without any problems ... knock on wood!

If you are a member of a photo association, carry your membership card. It may help you, but that is not a guarantee.

Finally, too many people bring too much gear. The less you worry about your gear, the more you will see what is around you.
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Navigating the maze of overseas flights can be daunting, totally frustrating, and time consuming as we all search for the best fare.  We have a travel agent that we can highly recommend, Sharon Erickson at Cheryl-CruisePlanners.com in West End, NC. She is also an American Express agent. Well traveled, she is so much more than just an organizer and finder of cruises. At Cruise Planners, they have access to resources unavailable to us mere mortals and can often find fares that are below the ones on the Internet.

With domestic fares, Sharon does need to charge a fee, but for many, it is well worth it. Call Sharon at at 877-693-4535 (East Coast) or e-mail her as noted above.

Please note that in cases where we negotiate special rates with our hotels, you must either book through our travel agent, or use our links and make your reservations yourself. This information is noted for each workshop under Accommodations above. Rental Cars:
Part of your fee includes a bus that is dedicated to our group for the entire week. We have our own driver, and when we are using the bus, it is totally safe to house your valuables on it whilst you are out photographing.

Frankly, a lot of our transportation will be by foot. That way, we can meet more of the Cuban people off on the back streets and have meaningful conversations with them.

For those who want to take a side trip, taxis are readily available, and our guides can help you negotiate a fair rate before you get into the car!


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