Cubans’ Embrace Of Baseball Is About Culture And Opportunity

Cubans’ Embrace Of Baseball Is About Culture And Opportunity

Cuban baseball players’ contributions to the U.S. major league baseball (MLB) defies explanation. The island nation’s phenomenal success in baseball starts for Cubans at an early age. In Havana, atop roofs and through chain-linked fences, a dozen spectators – half of them mothers – typically gather to watch and cheer as their young boys, mostly … Read more

Visiting U.S. Senators Express Support for Engagement with Cuba

Visiting U.S. Senators Express Support for Engagement with Cuba

Cuban President Raul Castro on Tuesday met a delegation of US Congressmen led by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss) who were visiting Cuba. Judging by comments expressed by the congressional delegation, Castro appears to want to continue working on improved ties with Washington despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s vow to reverse direction. … Read more

Here’s How to Participate in Cuba’s Upcoming Gay Pride Week

Here’s How to Participate in Cuba’s Upcoming Gay Pride Week

Cuba’s social and economic opening has an unexpected expression in a growing pro-LGBTI movement. Mariela Castro, President Raul Castro’s daughter, last year led Cuba’s largest Pride event to commemorate the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHAT). Ms Castro is the head of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education and is Cuba’s most … Read more

Tasting the Cohiba Maduro 5 Magicos

Tasting the Cohiba Maduro 5 Magicos

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a decade since Habanos released the game-changing Cohiba Maduro 5 line, a range of maduro cigars with wrappers far darker than the traditional Cuban puro. 10 years later, the range still honors the best tradition of Cuba’s “capa madura” or dark wrapper cigars. The maduro wrappers use the … Read more

Habanos Announces Its New Ediciones Limitadas

Habanos Announces Its New Ediciones Limitadas

Habanos has announced a new portfolio of Ediciones Limitadas, or limited edition, cigars for 2017. The new limited editions will be arriving in shops worldwide in the coming weeks, according to the company. The new slate includes three cigars: the Montecristo Dantés, the Trinidad Topes and the Romeo y Julieta Capuletos. Habanos’ limited editions typically … Read more

Cuba’s Novelty Is Outside the Cruise Industry’s Focus on Scale and Contained Environments

Cuba’s Novelty Is Outside the Cruise Industry’s Focus on Scale and Contained Environments

Royal Caribbean’s 6,000-passenger Harmony of the Seas’ onboard attractions include a mock Central Park with live plants and trees, drinks prepared by robots, a 1 1/2-hour production of the musical “Grease,” – plus a 10-story thrill slide. A lot has changed since the 961-foot, 2,200-passenger Queen Elizabeth sailed in the late 1960s.  Boat size inflation, driven by … Read more