Fidel Castro now says that cruise ships aren't the sort of tourism Cuba wants. "Floating restaurants, floating theaters, floating diversions visit countries to leave their trash, their empty cans and papers for a few miserable cents", Castro said. "We have told [fellow Caribbean states] that Cuba will not accept cruise ships."
Oh well, Cuba has been receiving less than 100,000 cruise passengers per year from ships based mostly in nearby Caribbean nations. Maybe they've been catering to a lower class of passengers than we encounter on the ships sailing from U.S. ports. <BG>
Another real shame for the people from Cuba. Hopefully wshen he kicks the bucket someone with a better vision for the Cuban people will take over, (not his brother!), and maybe even ope up Cuba enough so that our Government will allow free tavel there. That would be the best thing for everyone concerned and help to get Cuba back to being captialist and maybe even I can visit there on day.
I sure hope you all all correct and that things will change for the people in Cuba when they finally get a new leader...They just have no idea, another bad decision for their economy... I hope to visit there once in my lifetime, way back when, it used to be a great vacation spot for Americans.
I spent some time at GitMo while a Marine, and it really is a shame that the island isn't open for tourism. It is absolutely beautiful, and the people are great. As the others have stated, when Castro gets to room temperature, maybe someone with a positive vision for the island and its wonderful people will take over. We can only hope so...
Cuba is a very big 'hotspot' for British tourists at the moment and is certainly in the top 10 for British visitors to holiday in. They do great 'all inclusive' deals and I know many of my friends who have been and rave about it.
Was thinking about it ourselves and trying to add a cruise on the end of it but obviously we would need to fly out of Cuba, no doubt to Puerto Rico to board ship making it a hassle.
Shame for your U.S. citizens - he's just being a tosspot because they certainly enjoy the economic benefits of the tourism rush from Europe.