Whether you prefer to fly, take the bus, ride the train or sail, this is a historic moment for travel from the US. Yesterday, an American cruise ship docked in Havana, Cuba for the first time in nearly forty years.
Around 700 passengers onboard The Adonia, a ship belonging to Carnival Corp’s Fathom cruise line docked on Monday in Havana after making the journey from Miami. It was the first time an American cruise ship docked in the country in nearly 40 years.
As the ship pulled up to the harbour, passengers crowded the deck yelling, “Cuba! Cuba! Cuba!” and waving American and Cuban flags. Even crowds were gathering on the shore as the ship pulled in and passengers were greeted with bands and dancers… even Cuban rum drinks!
While travel to Cuba is now possible for Americans, there is still an embargo in place for Cuban-made products so travelers will have to enjoy their rum and cigars while on vacation and remember not to try and smuggle some back to the US.
Havana is the first stop on the cruise ship’s seven-day journey. It will also make stops at Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.
Thinking of heading to Cuba? Check out How American can travel to Cuba in 10 easy steps before you go.