MiscellaneousEx-Crew Member Writes Tell-All on Cruises to Cuba

Ex-Crew Member Writes Tell-All on Cruises to Cuba

Greg Shapiro, who worked as a crew member on cruise ships for both Royal Caribbean and Fathom Travel, is breaking the mold with his new book 12 Hours in Havana: Build your perfect day in Cuba.

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The book organizes Havana’s quintessential attractions into convenient and easy-to-follow itineraries, illustrated on iPhone-sized maps, inspired by the animated show Dora the Explorer, where Shapiro worked as a designer before his career at sea.

12 Hours in Havana is a user-friendly guide that makes exploring Cuba’s capital simple, fun, and inexpensive.

The most unique feature of the book allows users to download a map on their smartphones. Color-coded routes are bookmarked on a map that you can download onto your iOS or Android device, working off of your smartphone’s GPS, so you don’t need Wifi or cell signal.

12 Hours in Havana teaches you how to:

  • See the best of Havana without booking a tour
  • Navigate the city on your own without the internet
  • Overcome the language barrier without knowing Spanish

While answering all of your questions:

  • Which museum should I visit? Hear the pros and cons of each
  • Where should I eat and shop? Visit tasty restaurants and unique stores
  • How do I ride in a classic car? Follow my routes and don’t get overcharged
  • What about the beach? Havana’s best beach is only 20-minutes away

12 Hours in Havana is now available on Amazon.com.  The book is currently in the top 5 best sellers for Havana, Cuba travel guides.

About Greg Shapiro: Greg Shapiro is a millennial travel hacker, an expert at creating fun and culturally immersive experiences. From backpacking South America to sailing around the world, Greg’s visited over 35 countries and counting. You can follow his adventures on Facebook and Instagram at @GuidedByGreg.

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Ben Souza
Ben Souza
Ben is a world traveler who has visited 40+ countries, taken over 70 cruises. He is one of USA TODAY's experts for their 10Best Readers' Choice Awards. His writings have appeared and been cited in various media outlets such as Yahoo News, MSN, NPR, CNN, Fox, and ABC News. Ben currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. Follow Ben on Instagram. Visit Ben Souza on Linkedin. You may email Ben at [email protected].
MiscellaneousEx-Crew Member Writes Tell-All on Cruises to Cuba


  1. Does this book include the hours of People2People currently required for visiting Cuba?

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