Happy Monday Everyone!


I can’t believe I had to get off of my beautiful Empress of the Seas today.  What a whirlwind last 6 days it has been.  It is so hard to believe that I was in Cuba yesterday.  I almost feel like I’m in a dreamland when I cruise.

Needless to say I have a TON of photos to go through and thoughts to collect on the cruise and Cuba.  I will do my best to get them out within the next week since I know a few of you are sailing to Cuba shortly.  Cuba is going to be my first priority.  I am going to have to break it up into a few posts though.  It deserves/needs way more than one post.

Now to the fun stuff!  I am giving away a Royal Caribbean Cuba T-Shirt.  This is a unisex shirt in a size 2XL.  It was slim pickings since these shirts sold out in less than a hour.  The material is 90% cotton and runs a little small.  Here’s what you need to do to enter:

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  • Comment Below with your Answer to my Question (listed below) and tell me what you are most excited to learn about in my Cuba series

The Question: How much is the average monthly income (in USD) for a Cuban Citizen?


I moderate my comments so I will be able to read the comments before I approve them to be posted.  If there is more than one person that gets the amount correct, I will put their names into one pot to draw from.


Deadline for the contest is 6pm EST on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017.


Good Luck!

Written by hjr3860


  1. Mike Dinsmore April 25, 2017 at 12:17 am Reply


  2. barb April 25, 2017 at 12:40 am Reply

    Canadians have been able to travel to Cuba, as you know. (There was a joke going around that Fidel was our Prime Minister’s father (because his father, who was the current PM when he was born, hung with Castro)). Anyhow, I don’t know what you were taught in school about Cuba as an American, but did it match your preconceived ideas or was it “better” or “worse”? I know people who have been to the all-inclusive resorts and they are pretty detached from the real world but they toured Havana and thought that it was a place where time had stood still. What difference do you think American tourists will make? Boat-loads of them, by the sounds of it! Interested to see your pictures and read your stories!
    PS If I win, I have a NY mailbox where the prize can be sent!

  3. Kathy April 25, 2017 at 12:49 am Reply

    I am going to guess $75.00 per month?

  4. Gloria Newman April 25, 2017 at 12:50 am Reply

    27% make under $50 per month, but the $25 per month is not true anymore.

    Thank You for your wonderful information on Cuba. I would love to go there, but my question to you is whether or not the local people are kind to the visitors, or were you made to feel as though your presents was not wanted. Was there much music and dancing?

  5. Hollie April 25, 2017 at 7:57 pm Reply

    I’ve always heard they don’t make a lot of money so my guess is $500

  6. Ron April 25, 2017 at 10:38 pm Reply

    $20 a month according to the internet!

  7. Kelly G MAtthews April 26, 2017 at 12:25 am Reply

    Hi Halee
    Just discovered you on periscope and I appreciate all you have done. A regular traveler’s perspective is awesome. I am hoping to plan a Cuba trip next year. Leaving Friday for Bahamas weekend cruise , then Japan for two weeks in December and Western Caribbean in March. Perhaps I can get to Cuba next summer. Looking forward to your photos. My Guess is $300/month is the average salary for Cubans.
    Take good Care

  8. Daryl Hedges April 26, 2017 at 2:58 am Reply

    I guess around $25 per month.

    I’m most excited to hear about the authentic Cuban cuisine.

  9. Karen Bartel April 26, 2017 at 3:26 am Reply

    $23.44 net per year.

    I want to hear more about the walking tour — what did you see, any historic sites, any time on your own, would you go again, etc?

  10. Tom Fitzgerald April 26, 2017 at 2:06 pm Reply

    The average monthly income for a Cuban in USD is around $30.
    I would like to learn more about their honest outlook on life, and an honest appraisal of their future. That’s probably not entirely possible with the limited time to talk with locals on a cruise ship excursion, but any insight you might have gleaned from your talks would be very interesting. I understand they have a good school program so I expect they are articulate and well-educated. I’m more interested, however, to see if they are also full of communist/socialist sloganeering. If that is the case, can you tell if it’s sincere, or simply repeated out of fear? Also, do they express hope/optimism that by moving towards a more open relationship with the US they will see economic improvement on their island? Or, do they strike a defiant tone in that regard?

    Loved the Scopes and look forward to your commentary on the visit!

  11. Sandy C April 26, 2017 at 5:25 pm Reply

    love your laid back style, Halee. 🙂

    $25/month average salary for Cuban citizens? gee whiz! 🙁

    I loved your Periscopes and and really want to know how ‘safe’ you felt in Cuba. I know you were on a RC excursion and that was smart…… I just don’t feel the safety factor is there yet ….. and I am looking forward to learning good places to eat — that is how I really enjoy a port — thru the local food.

    I know you will be sharing some great tips from your experience. Thanks for all you post.

  12. Michael Poole April 26, 2017 at 8:19 pm Reply

    $25 Per month

  13. Patty Aikens April 26, 2017 at 8:55 pm Reply

    $500. I want to know where to get good Cuban cigars for my husband.

  14. m whiting April 26, 2017 at 9:07 pm Reply

    400 month. everything about food. sites people. how they reacted to US being allowed

  15. Karah Smith April 26, 2017 at 9:09 pm Reply

    $27 a month in US dollars? I am looking forward to hearing about the food, any art, and architecture. I’m loving all your photos !

  16. Christine Roy April 26, 2017 at 9:44 pm Reply

    Answer to the question? $20-$40 USD per month. And what am I most excited to learn about? How the hospitality industry has changed since opening up for tourism ?

  17. marisol April 26, 2017 at 11:59 pm Reply

    About $40 a month on average?

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