By Cruise Ship
The U.S. embargo has restricted the cruise industry’s access to Cuba. Nonetheless, several foreign cruise ships have featured Cuba on their itineraries. None has stood the test of time. In 2005, Castro belittled the cruise industry and said cruise passengers were no longer welcome. Passenger arrivals plummeted from 102,000 in 2005 (generating US$15 million) to 11,000 in 2007.
England’s Fred Olsen Cruise Lines (tel. 01473/746-175, www.fredolsencruises.co.uk) features a two-day Havana stopover on its 15-day Caribbean cruises from Bridgetown, Barbados, aboard the Braemar. And in December 2009, Thomson Holidays (tel. 0871/231-4691, www.thomson.co.uk) launched three Caribbean itineraries featuring Cuba with the new, 1,500-passenger Thomson Dream.
Germany’s Aida Cruises (tel. 0381/2027-0707, www.aida.de) occasionally features Havana on its peak-season programs.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition