I think they would be happy to be our 51st state since Peurto Rico doesn't want to. I would love to travel to Cuba some day when it is allowed. Thomas, I do think that their cigars are, a little overated. Give me a good Dominican any day.
Costa Atlantica, 3/23/03
Jewel, 2/1/10, RCI cancelled our cruise, (insert sound of sobbing)
I've always wanted to visit there. I think mostly because most of my Spanish instructors
were refugees. Or maybe I've read too many, or seen too many movies made from, Hemingway books.
I expect Cuba might attempt to shake itself to pieces for a while after Fidel dies. His regime is very much too much a personality cult. His survivors will not be able to maintain it in his absence. And they won't have the USSR to support them. In a way, he and his have been very fortunate to keep it together this long after the Soviet breakup.
Unless there's some unexpected opening before his death, it will still be several years before ships from U.S. ports visit there--for safety reasons, even after his death.
I don't smoke cigars, but would love to travel to Cuba. As it is now, I can go there, but take the chance of going to jail and being fined heavily for violating politically influenced federal laws. We shall all have to wait until the anti-Cuban donations to our political leaders has been eliminated, unless the travel industry can make bigger donations to Washington than those guys do. Good luck!
Several years back,there was a magazine I loved to read, called South Florida, and one month, the whole magazine was dedicated to what will be when Castro dies and what will happen with Cuba..It was very interesting..At that time, it mentioned that Carnival was poised to be the FIRST cruise ship line to sail to Cuba. All othe lines it seemed would be way behind Carnival..Of course, time have changed and many more might be poised to go quickly as well...It also said how SO. Fla. business men, will get mighty rich, as business booms between the 2 countries...Another thing I once read, that amazed me is that when Americans fly to Cuba for family visits, and they are allowed to do so..there are weekly flights between Miami and Cuba, that the people flying, dress in MANY MANY layers of clothing, so that when they arrive, they peel off all the excess clothing for the relatives....How sad things have to be this way...I for one will try my hardest to be on a ship shortly after the harbor opens, and cruising has the upper hand for tourists wanting to go, because the infrastructure is not up to what most visitors require, so a stay on a cruise ship is just the ticket......
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I live in Miami, but I'm a transplant and although not of Cuban descent, I have many Cuban friends and believe me the money hear in Miami will be transplanted to Cuba and it will be once again a beautiful vacation destination. The reason Miami is such a beautiful city is due to the Cubans.
It would definately be a port of call and I would love to see a boat out of Key West to Cuba for a wonderful tropical vacation.
I believe it will happen some day, but I just hope I can see it in my lifetime. This would be bigger than the Berlin wall coming down.
2008 Liberty OTS (Caribbean)
2007 Summit (Alaska)
2006 Century, Infinity (Panama Canal), Summit (Hawaii)
2005 Millenium, Voyager of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas B2B
2004 Explorer of the Seas, Constellation (Canada/New England)
2003 Horizon (Bermuda), Summit
2002 Explorer of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas (Caribbean)
Every time I cruise past Cuba, I picture Fidel sitting on the shore saying, "There goes another $200,000.00 (just a guess) that could have come into our country".
Wonder how much the average cruiser spends at each port, multiply that amount by 5 or 6 or even 7 ships (as was the case in Grand Cayman 2 weeks ago) and picture what that amount of money could do for the Cuban people.
I have a huge fascination for Cuba, don't know why except it has always intrigued me and I'd love to go there. I think cruise ships could be the salvation of the country and hope it happens soon for the sake of the people.