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American Cruise Companies Stand To Benefit From U.S. Changes To Cuba Policy

American Cruise Companies Stand To Benefit From U.S. Changes To Cuba Policy July 10, 20174:35 PM ET Heard on All Things Considered U.S. cruise operators are among those who stand to benefit from President Trump’s changes to the Obama administration’s Cuba travel policies. The new rules don’t affect cruises, and may help them. ARI SHAPIRO, […] Continue reading

Fewer airplanes but more cruise ships going to Cuba after Norwegian adds second vessel

Fewer airplanes but more cruise ships going to Cuba after Norwegian adds second vessel BY CHABELI HERRERA cherrera@miamiherald.com Visiting Cuba by sea is turning into the preferred method for American travelers — at least for now. On Monday, Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line announced it is adding a second ship for four-day cruises to Havana, following […] Continue reading

Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport

Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 4 July 2017 — The passengers leave the plane and make their way around the buckets catching the leaks from the roof. They still have a long wait in at baggage claim and have to suffer under the air conditioning that hardly alleviates the heat. The […] Continue reading

Southwest drops two routes to Cuba; Havana flights to stay

Southwest drops two routes to Cuba; Havana flights to stay Ben Mutzabaugh , USA TODAY Published 8:46 a.m. ET June 29, 2017 Southwest Airlines will ax two of its three routes to Cuba, becoming the latest U.S. carrier to trim flights to the nation amid disappointing demand. Southwest said flights to Varadero and Santa Clara […] Continue reading

First Tampa to Cuba Carnival cruise leaves today

First Tampa to Cuba Carnival cruise leaves today By Avery Cotton Published: June 29, 2017, 6:26 am Updated: June 29, 2017, 8:05 am TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The Carnival Paradise makes its inaugural 4-day trip to Cuba out of Port Tampa Bay Thursday morning. The ship sets sail Thursday and will dock in Havana. This […] Continue reading

Southwest Becomes Latest Airline to Reduce Flights to Cuba

Southwest Becomes Latest Airline to Reduce Flights to Cuba By Mary Schlangenstein June 28, 2017, 5:53 PM GMT+2 U.S. restrictions on travel continue to weigh on demand American trimmed service while Frontier, Spirit pulled out Southwest Airlines Co. will join other U.S. carriers in reducing flights to Cuba, saying laws that restrict Americans from traveling […] Continue reading

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

Cuba cruises could become less flexible under new Trump policy

Cuba cruises could become less flexible under new Trump policy Gene Sloan , USA TODAY Published 12:20 p.m. ET June 16, 2017 Cruises from the USA to Cuba will be allowed to continue under President Trump’s new Cuba policy, but the trips could become more restrictive, industry and Cuba watchers say. Passengers on voyages to […] Continue reading

Offutt airman who spotted Soviet missiles in Cuba inducted into Strategic Air Command Hall of Fame

Offutt airman who spotted Soviet missiles in Cuba inducted into Strategic Air Command Hall of Fame May 22, 2017 Deep in the basement of the Strategic Air Command’s headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base, Airman 1st Class Michael Davis studied the black-and-white film squares through a magnifying lens on that October day in 1962. Hunched […] Continue reading

Cuba: Forbidden Fruit

Cuba: Forbidden Fruit / Iván García Iván García, 11 May 2017 — Scarcely a block away from the majestic Grand Hotel Manzana Kempinski, whose inauguration is expected next June 2nd, next to the Payret cinema, a state-owned cafeteria sells an acidic and insipid hamburger with bread for the equivalent of 50 centavos. Workers in the […] 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

Cuba’s crazy used-car market

Cuba’s crazy used-car market Why it behaves like the prime-property market The Americas May 11th 2017 | HAVANA MULTIMARCAS, a car dealership on the outskirts of Havana, is not a conventional showroom. On a recent visit it contained one salesman and, despite the promise of variety in its name, just one car: a 2014-model Kia […] Continue reading

Cuba Is ‘Huge Opportunity’ for U.S. Travel Companies, BCG Says

Cuba Is ‘Huge Opportunity’ for U.S. Travel Companies, BCG Says | May 10, 2017, at 12:18 a.m. HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba represents a “huge” but challenging opportunity for U.S. cruise, airline and hotel companies as American visitors to the Caribbean island could increase as much as sevenfold by 2025, according to a report by the […] Continue reading

Declining Interest in Cuba Hasn’t Stopped Cruise Ships From Sailing

Declining Interest in Cuba Hasn’t Stopped Cruise Ships From Sailing by Joe Pike, Adam Leposa | May 4, 2017 11:14am Despite a recent study by Allianz Global Assistance that showed a declining interest in Cuba from last year to this year, suppliers continue to pump out new Cuba products and offerings. According to the study, […] Continue reading

Direct flights from Minnesota to Cuba are stuck at the gate, and may be for quite a while

Direct flights from Minnesota to Cuba are stuck at the gate, and may be for quite a while Sun Country plays a waiting game while President Trump’s Cuba policy unfurls. By Kristen Leigh Painter Star Tribune APRIL 29, 2017 — 5:25PM Nonstop flights between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Cuba are stalled — and becoming less likely. […] Continue reading

JetBlue, American and Delta apply for more flights to Havana

JetBlue, American and Delta apply for more flights to Havana BY CHABELI HERRERA cherrera@miamiherald.com While several U.S. airlines have cut flights to Cuba citing weak demand, American Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Delta Air Lines are investing in more service to Havana. Monday, American filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation requesting seven weekly […] Continue reading

Miami electric car dealer sees opportunity in Cuban gas shortage

Miami electric car dealer sees opportunity in Cuban gas shortage By Marc Frank | HAVANA An electric car dealer with a Miami subsidiary is telling Cuba-based diplomats struggling with a gasoline shortage on the Communist-run Caribbean island that they should fret no longer. The United States, which maintains a trade embargo on Cuba, licensed Premier […] Continue reading

Spirit, the fifth airline to cut back on Cuba, ends flights to Havana

Spirit, the fifth airline to cut back on Cuba, ends flights to Havana BY CHABELI HERRERA cherrera@miamiherald.com Spirit Airlines’ Cuba fever is cooling down — big time. The ultra-low cost carrier is ending its Havana flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in June. That makes it the fifth U.S. airline to cut back flights to […] Continue reading

Spirit Airlines to end Havana service June 1; last flights on May 31

Spirit Airlines to end Havana service June 1; last flights on May 31 Arlene SatchellContact Reporter Sun Sentinel Another U.S. air carrier is saying ‘Adios’ to Cuba. Low-cost Spirit Airlines plans to operate its last flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Havana on May 31, an airline official said early Friday. The news comes […] Continue reading

Tips from a traveler to Cuba

Tips from a traveler to Cuba By Amelia Rayno APRIL 7, 2017 — 1:45PM AMELIA RAYNO During a solo people-to-people tour of Cuba, I learned some important things through trial and error. Here are some important tips I wish I’d known before I went: • Bring more cash than you think you need; prices across […] Continue reading

Alleged Cuban smuggler pleads guilty to sex trafficking

Alleged Cuban smuggler pleads guilty to sex trafficking BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com This was the premise of a case involving a Cuban resident in Miami accused of illegally bringing women from the island and forcing them into sex slavery in the United States. Silvio Clark Morales, 31, plead guilty in federal court Thursday to […] Continue reading

Audiovisual production company receives OFAC license to operate in Cuba

Audiovisual production company receives OFAC license to operate in Cuba BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Although the Trump administration’s Cuba policy review has not been completed, a U.S.-based broadcast and video facilities company, has received a liceaaense to operate on the island and to contract with a Cuban state enterprise. The license granted to Cuba […] Continue reading

Luxury Cruise Line Makes Inaugural Visit to Cuba

Luxury Cruise Line Makes Inaugural Visit to Cuba March 31, 2017 by Ben Souza Luxury cruise line Azamara Club Cruises made their inaugural visit to Cuba this week when Azamara Quest arrived in Havana, Cuba. The ship sailed down the Bahía de la Habana alongside Havana’s famous El Malecón providing guests magnificent views of the […] Continue reading

Port of Seattle hopes to help out Cuban ports

Port of Seattle hopes to help out Cuban ports Glenn Farley, KING 7:30 PM. PDT March 30, 2017 As Cuba develops its ports, the Port of Seattle hopes to be a role model. In January, Port of Seattle commissioners and its then chief executive met with Cuban transportation officials in Havana. The occasion was the […] Continue reading

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear / Iván García Iván García, 21 March 2017 — In the slum of Lawton, south of Havana, the need for housing has converted an old collective residence with narrow passageways into a bunkhouse. With dividers made from cardboard or bricks recovered from demolished buildings, “apartments” have appeared where a […] 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

Hopes too high, too soon?

Cuba: Hopes too high, too soon? PUBLISHED: 03/16/17 05:21 PM EDT. UPDATED: 03/19/17 07:27 AM EDT. It’s been almost a year since President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba, the first American President to visit the Communist island in almost 90 years. As I look back on the trip I took that week in 2016 to […] Continue reading