A New Cruise to Cuba
By ELAINE GLUSAC FEBRUARY 15, 2015
Under newly relaxed regulations governing travel to Cuba, Cuba Cruise is
offering Americans seven-night trips that circumnavigate the island.
In the past, American passengers had to book lengthier land-and-sea
itineraries with a sanctioned American tour operator. Now securing
passage aboard the 1,200-passenger Louis Cristal involves reserving the
trip with Cuba Cruise, a Canadian company, and registering for a
People-to-People Program with the Fund for Reconciliation and
Development, an American nonprofit. The organization then issues a
participant letter authorizing travel.
Sailors can embark in Montego Bay, Jamaica, or in Havana for trips that
include visits to six Unesco World Heritage Sites in and around Santiago
de Cuba, Cienfuegos and the capital. Americans are limited to
educational shore excursions, all of which are optional, including
visits to Fidel Castro’s birthplace, the mountains of Baconao Park, the
Spanish colonial city of Trinidad and Havana via a vintage auto.
The cruises run through March and will resume in December. They start at
782 Canadian dollars a person, or $637.50 at 1.22 Canadian to the U.S.
dollar, plus port fees (178 Canadian dollars) and the cost of
registration ($75), excluding airfare.
Source: A New Cruise to Cuba – NYTimes.com –