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Old August 1st, 2004, 07:09 PM
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In the mid 90's, in the, then South Florida Magazine, they dedicated an issue, which I have saved, all about what will happen when Castro falls..They seemed to feel, at the time it was in the near future. It was interesting because they interviewed the cruise industry, and it was Carnival that stated they would be the first ones into Cuba, and everyone else would be in their wake...

I have always had in interest in this Caribbean island, since I started to cruise. The article also stated, that cruise ships would be the best way to go, due to the lack of infrastructure on the island. My questions are..Would you book a cruise with Cuba on the itinerary, as soon as it was possible? Do you have ANY interest in seeing this island? And to our non American chatters, Have you visited Cuba, and, what did you think? Also do you think when this happens, the cruise lines will decrease the visits to Jamacia?

I would be one of the first in line to book...



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Old August 1st, 2004, 07:17 PM
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Oh, sure, I'd love to see it. But I think it would be smart to wait about two years after the fall in order for some sort of reasonable tourist infrastructure to gain a foothold.

If you're first in line the ship's excursion list might look like this:

Tour A

You'll be thrilled as a classic 1957 Chevvy picks you up and usually makes it to Cuba's biggest cigar factory, where you'll be given a complimentary stogie which you can light up as your private car slowly makes it's way to the rum factory. After you're done there, you won't want to tour any more, which is a good thing, because nothing else is open yet. Most people arrive back at the ship before it sails.

Tour B

Not yet available.


I'm sure all, er, both the cruise companies are sticking pins in their Fidel voodoo dolls and hoping for his early exit.
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Old August 1st, 2004, 07:32 PM
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Sounds great, sign me up.

I agree, I would wait to see how the political power structure shakes out. Remember the terrible things that happened in Yugoslavia when Tito died, other than the Yugo.

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Old August 1st, 2004, 07:34 PM
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That would be okay with me..I would be able to take in whats going on while things are bustling, and growing..Then I would go back again, a few years later to see what happened

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I have never been there, but a few of my friends have been. They stayed at resorts(AI) and did some touring. I think it would be a better stop than Jamaica in my own opinion! I guess the beaches were nice!!! Lots of interesting history places to see (I think??).
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They could do a night club tour like in GodFather 1
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I've always been fascinated with Cuba, having lived in very south Florida during the 60's when the threat was great and unknown.

Cruising past the island many times, I always picture Fidel sitting on the beach watching the ships go by and saying, "there goes another $100,000.00 that could have been spent here today" - one ship after another. Tourism from cruise ships could be a huge lifesaver for the economy of this poor island.

When it opens up for us, I will be first in line to go there.
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I would actually love to go, and will definitely be booking one of the first ships we can get on.

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My parents went to Cuba on their honeymoon in 1953. I recently found a box of memorabilia from that trip. It looked fabulous but I doubt it would be that way now.......duh.right?
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i would really like to do that port. I think that i would wait a little bit, let things settle down a bit, give the island and the cruise lines some time to "work the bugs out"
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Of course you can go to Cuba...from Canada, Mexico or Europe... It doesn't make sense to me that you can go to China, but not Cuba....and you'll all have to fight me because I will be first in line especially by charter. The preent "administration" has made it much more difficult for Cubans to visit their relatives and bring medicines.
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I watched a show last night on Elian Gonzalez...as of August 1.2004 ..in order to visit Cuba, it has to be an immediate relative. Mom Dad, sister, or Brother, and thats it, and you cannot visit often.The man in this story was visiting his elderly Aunt, and both knew it was the last time they would ever be together..it was quite sad(

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you should all go to cuba as soon as castro pops his clogs.
it is a beautiful and fascinating country. we went to varadero in 02 and we had a great time. the cubans really know how to live, their motto is "in cuba you cannot get anything, but you have everything you need." the people are fascinating to talk to and they are not all happy under castro. the beaches are sensational and the deep sea fishing is excellent.
As for the tourist infrastructure, well you'll all be glad to know that is is up and running. the tourist industry is growing every year and getting busier, by the time castro pops it it may have become another jamaica, it is a very popular destination with Brits and Canadians. i would love to go again, but before communism crumbles.

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I'm curious about Cuba, as well, but I would wait a bit.

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When Castro falls, all the Miami Cuban Americans would probably put their money back into Cuba to make it the island it could be and once was. But a lot of mortar and bricks will be needed to repair the badly decaying buildings.

I live in Miami and I've seen what the Cubans have done for Miami. The homes are a beautiful landscaped tropical delight and they really take pride in what they own. I have talked to many of them that exiled to the US from Cuba, and they would love to get their hands on he island of Cuba and make it a tropical paradise.

It would be a wonderful cruise port and I would definately go, but only until the infrastructure is sound. I only hope I can see it in my lifetime.

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That's interesting, Lex. I had heard that Fidel had pretty much put the kaibosh on a vibrant tourism infrastructure.

Not sure expectations that it will become another Jamaica will prove appealing to a good many of us in the US, who treat any cruise stop in Jamaica as a sea day.
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Actually, it was our government that squashed alot of the tourism. Yes, would love to visit the country. We are teaching the kids here that that ia a good reason to learn Spanish as we believe Cuba will open up. It is open for agricultural trade (Hmm..) We have a cartoon that ran in our paper that shows how the Cuban economy will boom with the onset of Cruisers setting ashore there. It actually shows tourists racing down the gangways w/ $ in hand, kinda cute. Definately count me in
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