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Frosty 4
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posted 12-17-2014 01:19 PM      Profile for Frosty 4   Email Frosty 4   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
With the US now opening diplomatic relations with Cuba after 50+ years I would imagine that the cruise lines will now be looking at making Havana a port of call.
Wonder how long it will be before US based ships start going there
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posted 12-17-2014 01:53 PM      Profile for jeremya   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The U.S. Government report states that only certain types of traveler will be allowed to travel from the U.S. to Cuba. The embargo still remains on tourist travel to the island.

Until they completely lift the tourist ban all together, we won't see U.S. cruise ships calling there just yet.

Diplomatic opening: The U.S. will take steps toward restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba, severed since 1961. The travel ban will still be in place, as will the embargo, but the embargo's impact will be eased. And some preexisting exceptions to the travel ban will be expanded.

Embassy in Havana: This will include the goal of reopening a US embassy in Havana in the coming months. The embassy has been closed for over half a century.

Release alleged Cuban spies: The US will release three Cubans who were convicted of espionage and imprisoned in the US: Gerardo Hernandez, Luis Medina, and Antonio Guerrero.

All three prisoners were members of the "Wasp Network," a group that spied on prominent members of the Cuban-American community. CNN reports that Hernandez, the group's leader, was also linked to the downing of two two civilian planes operated by Brothers to the Rescue, a U.S.-based dissident group.

Easing business and travel restrictions: The U.S. will make it easier for Americans to obtain licenses to do business in Cuba, and to travel to the island. CNN reports that the new rules still won't permit American tourism, but will make it easier to visit for other purposes.

Easing banking restrictions: Americans will be able to use credit and debit cards while in Cuba.

Higher remittance limits: Americans will be able to send up to $2000 per year to family members in Cuba. Cuban-American remittances are a major source of income for many Cuban families.

Small-scale imports of Cuban cigars and alcohol: US travelers will be able to import up to $400 in goods from Cuba, including $100 in alcohol and tobacco products.

Review of basis for sanctions: Secretary of State John Kerry has been ordered to review Cuba's status as a "state sponsor of terrorism." If his review determines that Cuba no longer deserves that status, that will be a first step towards lifting at least some US sanctions.

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posted 12-20-2014 07:45 PM      Profile for PamM   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A de facto embassy [formally part of the Swiss Embassy], staffed by US personnel and known as the "United States Interests Section in Havana" has been in existence in the former US Embassy building since 1977 - so I am not sure why the article says it has been closed for over half a century, as just appears to have been run under a different guise. It won't take any effort to reopen it.

Too much propaganda on both sides and imho the continuing of these sanctions are ridiculous, but of course I was not around at the time and have no first hand knowledge of the goings on. Only the elderly now do and younger generations are relying on stories passed down through family/friends, no doubt with a bit of embellishment.

The United States Interests Section - former Embassy. The stage and flag poles were constructed by the Cubans to 'hide' an electronic billboard on the embassy building


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posted 12-22-2014 07:20 AM      Profile for Neil - Ex P & O & PRINCESS CRUISES   Author's Homepage   Email Neil - Ex P & O & PRINCESS CRUISES   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
With the cruises operated by Fred Olsen Cruises ships from the UK, calling at Havana on a regular basis when cruising in the Caribbean, it is nice that for British passengers there has been no problems in visiting the island in recent times.

Lets hope that US citizens can soon do the same.

I remember over 50 years ago now when the P & O passenger ship ' ss Chusan ' was cruising in the Caribbean we visited San Juan for an overnight stay.

There had been problems with Cuba about an order for new buses being supplied from the UK being blocked and we had flood lights hanging along the side of the ' ss Chusan ' to light up the water in case any underwater divers tried to attach explosives to the bottom of the ship.

We also had a ship's life boat in the water patrolling along the side of the ship with the ship's officers, many of whom had served with the British Royal Navy, armed and instructed to shoot anyone in the water near the ship !

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It was during the presidency of Gerardo Machado in the '20s that Cuba's tourist trade really took off. Hotels, restaurants, night clubs, golf clubs and casinos sprung up in Havana catering to the rich jet-setters seeking luxury. Socialites, debutantes, celebrities like Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra, and American mobsters came to play in the Cuban paradise.
Tourism, and the growing and selling of sugar, was making some Cubans rich, but not all Cubans. What the tourists didn't see, or didn't want to, was the underclass, people of poverty like the macheteros — sugarcane cutters — who worked only during the four month season, and the rest of the year were unemployed, and angry.

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posted 01-31-2015 06:22 PM      Profile for PamM   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Americans can now book a Cuba Cruise


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