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Old 12-18-2014, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Of course, Carnival, Royal Carrib, and gang, are following this....

In a somewhat slow cruise ship market, this would be just what the doctor ordered for them...totally..

It will take some time to build out a modern hotel infrastructure to handle the onslaught of US Tourism,
if they would even allow it, but they certainly can handle ships, which are essentially floating, self-contained hotels....

Habana is a natural port, once considered one of the best in the Americas, so no prob retrofitting it for cruise ships.......

People can party all over Habana's streets spending needed cashola, and have a ball doing something once verbotten....with that excitement of the forbidden, the "stolen fruit" thing.....

Here is a little of what they are saying on the web's cruise ship blogs about it..

"...It needs some lipstick and love to bring things up to standard,” said Vicky Garcia, the Cuban-American COO of Cruise Planners. “But it could be very exciting.” The largest island in the Caribbean, just 230 miles from Miami, “has long been in the cross-hairs of the American cruise lines,” notes Robin Farley, a financial analyst with UBS who follows cruise companies. Cruise lines undoubtedly have plans so they can spring into action once Cuba does open up..."

"..Havana is a natural deep-water port, and we believe operators could build dockside infrastructure on a much faster timeline than hotel infrastructure,” Farley said. Itineraries could be sold with just several months' advance notice.."

"..Even without U.S.-based cruise ships, Cuba still expects about 200 cruise ship visits during the 2014-15 winter season, according to data from the Cubatur travel agency reported by the Latin American Herald Tribune. The article said the ports with the most cruise passengers are Havana, Cienfuegos in the central part of the island, and Santiago de Cuba in the east..."

"..The island is “exciting, sexy and cool,” Garcia said. “It’s not just a little bitty island. It offers big city stuff and rural areas.” Not to mention Cuban dance, music, cigars and old American-built cars...


My Note here......far from being IttyBitty, the population of Cuba is half the population of Florida, with 1/3rd the size.....11.2 Million people live in Cuba, the most populous island in the Caribbean....


"...Farley predicts a lot of pent-up demand if and when Cuba does reopen to Americans.
“Cuba could prompt many cruise passengers who’ve already been to many Caribbean ports to return to a Caribbean itinerary to see a unique and novel port that has gone unseen by many Americans for decades,” Farley said..."

The photo below is of the Miramar district, like Old San Juan, but infinitely cooler and much bigger, and also has the bars that Hemingway drank at, so like drinking at Sloppy Joe's at Key West...





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Old 12-18-2014, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Native of Any Beach/FL
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you have a lot of good pictures- looks recent- wonder if the "The Lost City" movie will play on Netflix etc It was pretty close to how things went.

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Old 12-18-2014, 10:25 PM
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Location: Pittsburgh
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I want to go. Goodness it has been too long for us to act like a bunch of idiots up here. Bring on great cigars and the beautiful women! Can't wait! Dumb embargo/mess!
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Old 12-19-2014, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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The hottest cruise ship port-of-call?

Oh, sure...................just ask the Morro Castle!

..........a little bit of historic, if tasteless, cruise ship history for the uninformed.
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Old 12-19-2014, 04:28 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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It is way past time we normalized relations with this country. I am tired of the Havana Cubans dictating US policy toward the island.

Note: AFAIK - the United Sugar property was seized for back taxes. Apparently the company never paid any taxes. They deserved to be seized.

I want a chance at their used car market.
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Old 12-19-2014, 04:34 AM
 
Location: Native of Any Beach/FL
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let put a petition to put the ferry back from Key West to Havana!!!!
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Old 12-19-2014, 05:48 AM
 
Location: near bears but at least no snakes
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Yes! It will take a while but I think the cruise ship industry is waiting for some place interesting to go as an alternative to islands that have nothing much at all--except poverty and crime and fake tourist attractions. People are being warned now not to go to Nassau --if their ship docks there just stay on the ship.

A "real" country with a real city would be much more appealing to people, a true destination. It will be very popular.
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Old 12-19-2014, 06:18 AM
 
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I could see Cuba becoming a sex tourist destination.
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Old 12-19-2014, 09:19 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I could see Cuba becoming a sex tourist destination.
it already is...
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Old 12-19-2014, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Chandler
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Sign me up! I would love to have a cruise stop in Cuba sooner rather than later.
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