The Canadian company Cuba Cruise has made waves these past two years by being the only cruise line to offer seven-night Havana-to-Havana circumnavigations of the Caribbean’s largest island. It was also in the right place at the right time when President Obama loosened travel restrictions for Americans, partnering right away with people-to-people organizations to offer […]
Chris Gray Faust, an American, is back from a cruise to Cuba with the Canadian line Cuba Cruise. Here are 10 more things that Americans should know before they board (read her first installment). 1. Set your expectations, shipwise. Louis Cristal is not a new ship — and while the ship’s Greek and Cuban crew […]
It wasn’t all that long ago that traveling to Cuba seemed like a pipe dream, at least for the average American. For more than 50 years, the U.S. trade embargo against the Caribbean’s largest island meant that even as the rest of the world could experience Cuba’s beaches, culture and music, Americans were shut out. […]
In my previous two reports I described the places we visited and some of the people we met during our Cuba Cruise cruise, a 7-night trip around the island. In my last report from the ship, I’d like to share some of the highlights during my week onboard Louis Cristal.
As we walk up the steep hill leading from the port of Santiago to its main square, Plaza Cespedes, we hear what sounds like an explosion. It’s a car backfiring, an ancient Soviet-era Lada, probably dating from the early- to mid-60s, trying desperately to get up the hill. It explodes again, juddering almost to a […]
On my second night onboard the Canada-based Cuba Cruise, the first cruise line to offer sailings around the island, Captain Stathis Goumas added a caveat to his welcome speech that resonated with all of us onboard: “If you want to experience a typical Caribbean cruise, then you have come on the wrong ship. Is that what […]