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What Trump’s new Cuba policy means for travelers to the island

What Trump’s new Cuba policy means for travelers to the island BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Since President Donald Trump announced his new Cuba policy, Tom Popper’s phone has been ringing off the hook. Callers have questions, lots of questions, about how they can travel to Cuba as individuals, what people-to-people tours are and how they […] Continue reading

The Lethargy Of A Coastal Town In Camagüey

The Lethargy Of A Coastal Town In Camagüey 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Florida, Cuba, 26 June 2017 — “The sea water cleans everything,” Agustin reflects as he calls out his merchandise. This 74-year-old forensic assistant now works renting inflatable boats for the fishermen of Playa Florida, in Camagüey, a coastal strip where tourists rarely come and […] Continue reading

Cruises Could Be Big Winners in Cuba

Cruises Could Be Big Winners in Cuba The once-taboo island lacks tourist infrastructure. Ship operators hope to change that. by Christopher Palmeri May 11, 2017, 10:00 PM GMT+2 After President Barack Obama eased restrictions on American citizens traveling to Cuba last year, airlines raced to start service from the U.S. to 10 cities across the […] Continue reading

Airlines rushed to fly to Cuba. Here’s why they’ve now pulled back.

Airlines rushed to fly to Cuba. Here’s why they’ve now pulled back. Mar 20, 2017, 2:02pm EDT INDUSTRIES & TAGS Travel & Tourism Multiple commercial airlines in recent days have announced they will drop their flights to Cuba, a stark reversal from the enthusiasm the industry displayed when bidding for permission to fly those routes […] Continue reading

The Private Sector Consolidates Its Presence in Gastronomy and Services

The Private Sector Consolidates Its Presence in Gastronomy and Services / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 1 March 2017 — The corner of Galiano and Zanja is a hive of people at noon. The area’s private cafes sell everything from bread with croquettes to a complex meat lasagna, but the nearest state places […] Continue reading

Revolutionary ‘Justice’

Revolutionary ‘Justice’ / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 28 February 2018 — The distance between the Havana Capitol and the Ciudad Deportiva (Sport City) remains the same and yet it seems to have changed. With the capped prices imposed by local government on the private taxi routes, this journey has become immense […] Continue reading

Cuban Customers – Collateral Damage In The Tourism Boom

Cuban Customers: Collateral Damage In The Tourism Boom / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 16 February 2017 – In the photo the couple smiles with one glass of beer in hand, all they were able to obtain after waiting in a long line at a Varadero resort. Nine years after the government allowed […] Continue reading

Here’s What Cuba’s Car Scene Looks Like In 2017

Here’s What Cuba’s Car Scene Looks Like In 2017 Jonathan Harper Cuba feels more in flux now than it has in decades. Fidel Castro’s death, the repeal of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy and eased restrictions on capitalism mean rapid changes for a country distinctly shaped by a Cold War that ended decades ago. […] Continue reading

Villa Clara – Poverty, Wifi and Monotony

Villa Clara: Poverty, Wifi and Monotony / Iván García Iván García , 3 November 2016 — Situated between sugar cane fields and with the Escambray mountain chain visible in the distance, at the side of the old Central Highway is the village of La Esperanza, part of Ranchuelo, one of the 13 towns of Villa […] Continue reading

Nuevas prohibiciones a negocios gastronómicos en La Habana

Nuevas prohibiciones a negocios gastronómicos en La Habana Por: Iván García Quintero Siete años atrás, en la barriada de La Víbora, al sur de La Habana, no existían restaurantes ni bares privados. Solo una pizzería particular en la Avenida Acosta y varias personas que vendían comida, casi ninguno sin licencia. Ése era el panorama en […] Continue reading

Régimen corta de nuevo las alas al sector privado

Régimen corta de nuevo las alas al sector privado 18 de octubre de 2016 – 20:10 – Por IVÁN GARCÍA La reciente medida de negar licencias para nuevos restaurantes privados enciende las alarmas en otros negocios Aunque en sus discursos el general Raúl Castro repite que el trabajo por cuenta propia llegó para quedarse, el […] Continue reading

A Restaurant Cooperative’s Uphill Battle

A Restaurant Cooperative’s Uphill Battle / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 15 September 2016 — At night the corner is illuminated and the new awnings surprise passersby. The Casa Potín restaurant, for decades, embodied the decline of state services, but now it is experiencing a rebirth in the hands of the cooperative. So […] Continue reading

Voices of Change in Cuba Could Emerge from the Private Sector

Voices of Change in Cuba Could Emerge from the Private Sector / Iván García Iván García, 30 July 2016 — One a hot afternoon in May, a Havana bicycle taxi driver became upset over a fine of 700 pesos and managed to overturn a government regulation which he considered arbitrary. This triggered a flawlessly prepared […] Continue reading

The Regime’s Lost Cause – Preserving Its ‘Culture’

The Regime’s Lost Cause: Preserving Its ‘Culture’ ORLANDO FREIRE SANTANA | La Habana | 20 de Junio de 2016 – 3:27 pm. Cuban leaders cannot shake off fears that the Castro legacy will be completely extinguished when the “historic generation” of the Revolution dies out, or when the first political reform measures are implemented in […] Continue reading

Are new cruises to Cuba just too different?

Are new cruises to Cuba just too different? By Beth J. Harpaz AP Travel Editor Published: Friday, June 10, 2016 at 2:00 a.m. Last Modified: Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 7:06 p.m. Miami-based Carnival Corp.’s new Fathom brand cruises to Cuba and the Dominican Republic, launched in May, appear to be experiencing growing pains. Both […] Continue reading

A Cuba cruise travel guide: Everything you need to know before you go

A Cuba cruise travel guide: Everything you need to know before you go BY MIKE CLARY Sun Sentinel So you’re thinking about taking a cruise to Cuba. As the Fathom ship Adonia launches a schedule of biweekly cruises from Miami to Cuba, passengers will find a few changes in scheduling and activities from the inaugural […] Continue reading

It offers sailings to Cuba and the Dominican Republic

Fathom is a cruise to Cuba with a social purpose Fathom is Carnival’s new social-impact cruise line It offers sailings to Cuba and the Dominican Republic The Dominican itinerary emphasizes volunteer tourism; the Cuban one focuses on people-to-people exchanges BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com SANTIAGO, CUBA After the Madrigalista Choir finished a performance for a group […] Continue reading

Historic cruise to Cuba returns to Miami after forging new ties

Historic cruise to Cuba returns to Miami after forging new ties Cubans warmly welcomed ship during stops in Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago Passengers say there weren’t enough opportunities for exchanges with Cuban people Fathom officials acknowledge their fledgling on-shore programs need improvement BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The Fathom Adonia returned to Miami shortly before 6:30 […] Continue reading

Adonia stops in Cienfuegos as cruisers seek adventure and making history

Adonia stops in Cienfuegos as cruisers seek adventure and making history Some passengers aboard Fathom’s first cruise to Cuba were attracted by curiosity and sense of adventure Others wanted to awaken hazy memories from years-past visits Still others wanted the opportunity to truly engage BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com CIENFUEGOS, CUBA The Adonia arrived at this […] Continue reading

Cruise ship from Miami arrives in Havana for historic trip to Cuba

Cruise ship from Miami arrives in Havana for historic trip to Cuba “We’ll never forget this day” Cubans along the shore whistled and waved First U.S. cruise ship to visit island in half a century BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com HAVANA As passengers cheered, Carnival Corp.’s Fathom Adonia arrived at Havana harbor on Monday morning, officially […] Continue reading

Cuban farmers in ‘agony’ waiting for promised reforms

Cuban farmers in ‘agony’ waiting for promised reforms ARTEMISA, CUBA | BY MARC FRANK In Cuban farm country – between sugar cane, vegetable patches and overgrown fallow land a world away from Havana’s tourist-filled streets – producers are seething at what they say is the government’s backsliding on promised market reforms to make their lives […] Continue reading

Florida farmers worry about Cuba organic growers

Florida farmers worry about Cuba organic growers Jeanette Leehr, Round Earth Media 4:11 p.m. EDT March 18, 2016 Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story did not make clear that opening a Department of Agriculture office in Cuba is a proposal that has not been approved. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — When third-generation farmer […] Continue reading

Upgraded Empress could become Royal Caribbean’s Cuba ship

Upgraded Empress could become Royal Caribbean’s Cuba ship By Tom Stieghorst / March 13, 2016 FORT LAUDERDALE — Royal Caribbean International is spending millions of dollars to upgrade the Empress of the Seas, but that effort might be more about Cuba than launching short cruises from Florida. The Empress, which launched in 1990 as the […] Continue reading

There Isn’t Enough Beer For So Many ‘Yumas’

There Isn’t Enough Beer For So Many ‘Yumas’ / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata Posted on February 6, 2016 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Viñales and Havana, 6 February 2016 – First they ran out of water bottles, then packaged juices became scarce, and now it is difficult to find fresh fruit. This is how a hostess of tourist […] Continue reading

Cuba for sale – ‘Havana is now the big cake – and everyone is trying to get a slice’

Cuba for sale: ‘Havana is now the big cake – and everyone is trying to get a slice’ Property developers are queuing up to pounce as Cuba opens its doors to the world. Proposals for Havana’s old harbour are described as ‘Las Vegas meets Miami in the Caribbean’. So can the city cope with the […] Continue reading

A Glance at Cuba in 2015

A Glance at Cuba in 2015 / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 6, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2016 — Joel Castillo, 19, passed from expectation to frustration in 12 months. After graduating in 2014 in electronics from a technology school south of Havana, he still hasn’t been able to work in his specialty. “With […] Continue reading

Quién ve el crecimiento de la economía cubana?

¿Quién ve el crecimiento de la economía cubana? MARÍA MATIENZO PUERTO | La Habana | 24 Dic 2015 – 1:20 pm. El Gobierno acaba de anunciar que la economía cubana creció un 4% este año. ¿Qué debería significar esa cifra? ¿Quién se supone que vea el crecimiento? ¿Dónde y cómo se puede ver? “Ay, pero […] Continue reading