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This cruise ship is scheduled to dock in Havana on Monday morning.

HAVANA TIMES — Carnival corporation’s “Adonia” cruise ship docks today in Havana, having left the port of Miami on Sunday afternoon. It is the first such vessel to arrive in Cuba from the United States in a half century, reported dpa news.

Back in 2005, then President Fidel Castro gave a scathing review of cruise ship tourism calling them: “floating hotels, floating restaurants, floating theaters, floating diversions” that “visit countries to leave their trash, their empty cans and papers for a few miserable cents.”

But times have changed, and now the government of his brother, Raul Castro, hard strapped for revenue, has welcomed and licensed this type of tourism. Meanwhile, Fidel has publicly backed his brother’s economic policies.

Fathom boat, a subsidiary of “Carnival Cruise” left the Port of Miami at 4:00 p.m. local time on Sunday with about 700 passengers headed to Havana. The “Adonia” was scheduled to dock on the Caribbean island on Monday around 10:00 a.m. local (16:00 GMT).

The inaugural trip between the two shores of the Straits of Florida, separated by about 90 miles at its closest point, was possible after the Cuban government rescinded its prohibition on anyone Cuban born arriving to the island by sea.

Carnival had come under fire from Cuban Americans for abiding by the Castro government’s prohibition and lawsuits were threatened.  In the end, the Cuban government yielded after Carnival said they may have to postpone their voyages.

Previously, new dispositions from the Obama administration, thanks to the rapprochement between the two countries began in December 2014, made it possible for Carnival to skirt the embargo and travel to Cuba.

 


18 thoughts on “Cuba Gets Cruise Tourism from the USA

  • Venezuela and organizations like the World Health Organization pay the Cuban government the money or oil, ostensibly to be transferred as salaries to the doctors serving them. These clients are not allowed to pay the doctors directly, and there is no indication that they are being paid at all for their services. In the past two years, 3,100 Cubans have used a special travel visa to escape to the United States, in a program designed for doctors. Doctors are forced to travel abroad through extortive measures such as denying university admission to a doctor’s children or firing family members from state jobs (the only kind).

  • It’s called trade. Medical, educational and sports training services for oil. Cuba doesn’t have the option that the US has to maintain it’s false prosperity – printing greenbacks.

  • Fidel Castro Ruz should arise briefly from the comfort of his wheelchair in Siboney and travel a little bit west to the Playa Salados one of those ‘beaches’ where Cubans were allowed to play while the tourists had use of Varadero, Playa d’Ancon and the like. Although there have been no tourists there, there are huge amounts of trash, empty cans and papers. Unlike his own two island paradise retreat of Cayo Peidra with the dock for his yacht Aquarama II, he would find a rocky foreshore with a miniscule beach, a three story concrete edifice with huge entrance hall – but kept locked – several cafes in the two wings of the edifice but with only one open that sells fried plantain and a shop with lots of rum and believe it or not – toilet paper although there is only one seatless toilet for both sexes. But the volume of trash, especially plastic, glass and metal and stretching two km on either side of the ‘resort’ has to be seen to be believed. Two km. closer to Siboney there is the remnants of another peoples resort with a former swimming pool half filled with garbage and rubble and neighbouring houses with tethered pigs. Such is the reality!

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