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First US-Flagged Passenger Vessel Offers Scuba Charter Service to Cuba
Published: Nov 4, 2015 2:30 p.m. ET

KEY WEST, Fla., Nov. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The M/V Spree returned to
Key West on October 30 from a week-long trip during which 10 divers got
to experience the wonders of diving in Cuba. US citizens have not been
allowed to charter a U.S.-flagged vessel to scuba dive in Cuba since
1962. “We’re thrilled to be able to lead the way,” said Frank Wasson,
Captain of the M/V Spree. “Our objective is to offer the opportunity for
US citizens to participate in person-to-person and education-focused
dive trips with US departures.”

On the first trip, the Spree carried professional educators who were
tasked with development of the itinerary and lesson plans that will be
utilized for future U.S.-to-Cuba trips. “This trip was an excellent
opportunity to explore the possibility of developing an itinerary and
lesson plan for diving in the established diving centers in Cuba with
the guidance of Cuban divemasters aboard the boat,” stated Captain
Wasson. The educational program plans to include a visit to the
National Aquarium in Havana to learn how the Cuban people care for their
own reef systems.

The Spree has worked closely with the Hemingway International Yacht Club
of Cuba, and Commodore Jose M. Diaz Escrich to forge a new
relationship. “The Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba has
reached out to institutions, primarily American, who are willing to
contribute to the protection and conservation of the Cuban maritime
heritage, including the underwater heritage, given our concern of a
likely increase in recreational water activities in our seas,” stated
Commodore Escrich. The Spree, as a recognized Blue Star Operator within
her home sanctuary of the Florida Keys, strives to assist with this goal
and provide services to promote and maintain the health of Cuba’s reef
systems.

“The walls and reefs on the north coast of Cuba rival those in Grand
Cayman,” remarked Captain Wasson, “and were very healthy. In some
places, the coral cover was a remarkable 45%.” More than 125 unique
species of fish were recorded in only 11 dives, including some rare and
uncommon species infrequently encountered elsewhere. All of the
passengers on the Spree talked about the clear visibility and wide
variety of fish life they encountered diving the walls north of Cayo Levisa.

The M/V Spree is authorized as a travel provider to take US citizens to
Cuba on diving excursions for person-to-person and educational
opportunities. The U.S. Department of Commerce has licensed the M/V
Spree for multiple education and research trips, and the charterer, the
Gulf Reefs Environmental Action Team (G.R.E.A.T.), has been granted
permission by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to conduct
people-to-people educational tours of Cuba.

For further information, please contact Whittney Warner at 281-970-0534
or whittney@spreeexpeditions.com.

About Spree Expeditions, Inc.Spree Expeditions, Inc.
(www.spreeexpeditions.com) has operated the award-winning liveaboard
dive boat Motor Vessel (M/V) Spree since 2002. The M/V Spree has been in
service as a liveaboard dive boat since 1993. The M/V Spree is typically
based in Key West, Florida, and dives and conducts research on the reef
systems of the Dry Tortugas, Bahamas, Florida Keys, U.S. Virgin Islands,
Puerto Rico and now Cuba. The M/V Spree is certified to carry 12
passengers and 12 crew on international voyages.

Source: First US-Flagged Passenger Vessel Offers Scuba Charter Service
to Cuba – MarketWatch –
www.marketwatch.com/story/first-us-flagged-passenger-vessel-offers-scuba-charter-service-to-cuba-2015-11-04


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