Cuba Tops Best Caribbean Islands Ranking in 2017

Cuba Tops Best Caribbean Islands Ranking in 2017

Business Insider publishes an annual ranking of the best Caribbean Islands. This year, Cuba ranks #1. Business Insider Distance from NYC: 3 hours and 35 minutes Average hotel room cost: $124 per night Cuba’s unique architecture, ’50s-era Chevy taxicabs, and sandy beaches have been just out of reach for American tourists until recently. Years of US embargo have … Read more

In A Growing Trend, Norwegian Cruise Lines Drops Bahamas In Favor Of Cuba

In A Growing Trend, Norwegian Cruise Lines Drops Bahamas In Favor Of Cuba

Cuba is gaining influence as a trending destination in the Caribbean as various industry players reshape their regional travel schedules. The most recent example of cruise industry changes is the announcement by Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) that it decided drop its Grand Bahama stopover in favor of newly awarded Cuba approval for its 2000-passenger ship, … Read more

New Kempinski Is Expected To Relieve Havana’s Luxury Hotel Occupancy Problem

New Kempinski Is Expected To Relieve Havana’s Luxury Hotel Occupancy Problem

A new hotel in Old Havana will be operated by Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. When construction is complete later this year, the Gran Hotel Kempinski Manzana La Habana will be Cuba’s first five-star hotel (on the European rating system). The hotel will occupy the historic Manzana de Gómez building. The grand structure, dating to 1890, … Read more

U.S.-Cuba Relations: Cooperation At Sea

U.S.-Cuba Relations: Cooperation At Sea

Navigating the rough diplomatic waters between the U.S. and Cuba has gotten easier since Obama and Castro established diplomatic relation in 2015, but the actual sea that separates the two nations has been a long-standing source of cooperation. Maritime Navigation Officials from Cuba’s charting agency traveled to Maryland and met with National Ocean Service representatives … Read more

Here’s the U.S. Approved List of Goods Eligible to Import from Cuba Today

Here’s the U.S. Approved List of Goods Eligible to Import from Cuba Today

The U.S. embargo against Cuba remains in place – it can only be removed by U.S. Congress – yet former President Obama used executive authority to modify certain aspect of the embargo including importation rules for goods produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs. Goods and Services Eligible for Importation from Cuba In accordance with the policy … Read more