Offutt airman who spotted Soviet missiles in Cuba inducted into
Strategic Air Command Hall of Fame
May 22, 2017
Deep in the basement of the Strategic Air Command’s headquarters at
Offutt Air Force Base, Airman 1st Class Michael Davis studied the
black-and-white film squares through a magnifying lens on that October
day in 1962.
Hunched over the light table, he… Continue reading
Cuba: Forbidden Fruit / Iván García
Iván García, 11 May 2017 — Scarcely a block away from the majestic Grand
Hotel Manzana Kempinski, whose inauguration is expected next June 2nd,
next to the Payret cinema, a state-owned cafeteria sells an acidic and
insipid hamburger with bread for the equivalent of 50 centavos. Workers
in the neighbourhood and beggars who survive… Continue reading
Royal Caribbean Commits to Cuba Through 2019
CRUISE LINE & CRUISE SHIP
ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL
JASON LEPPERT MAY 15, 2017
After the initial success of Empress of the Seas’ arrival in Cuba, Royal
Caribbean International has announced its expansion of the ship’s calls
to Havana as far out as 2019.
“Since arriving in Cuba for the first time last month,… Continue reading
Royal Caribbean will be sailing year-round to Cuba in 2018
BY CHABELI HERRERA
With demand to see Cuba still hot, Royal Caribbean International is
extending its commitment to sail to the island through 2019.
The Miami-based cruise line announced Wednesday that it is initiating a
year-long Cuba program that includes 58 four- and five-night sailings
from January 2018 through… Continue reading
Cruises Could Be Big Winners in Cuba
The once-taboo island lacks tourist infrastructure. Ship operators hope
to change that.
by Christopher Palmeri
May 11, 2017, 10:00 PM GMT+2
After President Barack Obama eased restrictions on American citizens
traveling to Cuba last year, airlines raced to start service from the
U.S. to 10 cities across the island. But they quickly learned… Continue reading
Cuba’s crazy used-car market
Why it behaves like the prime-property market
May 11th 2017 | HAVANA
MULTIMARCAS, a car dealership on the outskirts of Havana, is not a
conventional showroom. On a recent visit it contained one salesman and,
despite the promise of variety in its name, just one car: a 2014-model
Kia Picanto with no miles on… Continue reading
Cuba Is ‘Huge Opportunity’ for U.S. Travel Companies, BCG Says
| May 10, 2017, at 12:18 a.m.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba represents a “huge” but challenging opportunity
for U.S. cruise, airline and hotel companies as American visitors to the
Caribbean island could increase as much as sevenfold by 2025, according
to a report by the Boston Consulting Group.
As many… Continue reading
A Sip Of Electricity To Keep Driving
14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 8 May 2017 — The worst thing that
can happen to Agustín is to have his battery go dead in the street. It
is even more terrible than the failure of a headlamp or the lack of
parking for his made-in-China electric motorcycle. The broken headlamp
and the lack… Continue reading
Eating Steak and Fries is a Luxury in Cuba / Iván García
Iván García, 2 May 2017 — On an afternoon like any other, an underground
seller of beef, living in the southeast of Havana, bought flank steaks
wholesale from a slaughterer, to then sell them to private restaurants
and neighbours who could afford them.
He filleted the chops and… Continue reading
Declining Interest in Cuba Hasn’t Stopped Cruise Ships From Sailing
by Joe Pike, Adam Leposa | May 4, 2017 11:14am
Despite a recent study by Allianz Global Assistance that showed a
declining interest in Cuba from last year to this year, suppliers
continue to pump out new Cuba products and offerings.
According to the study, 40 percent of Americans would… Continue reading
Havana is collapsing
DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 4 de Mayo de 2017 – 11:28 CEST.
In the municipality of Centro Habana, which for years has witnessed
buildings collapse, what happened at the corner of Amistad and San
Miguel, in the neighborhood of Colón, did not constitute news because of
the collapse itself, but rather because there were no… Continue reading
This is why American tourists don’t want to travel to Cuba
By Kari Paul
Published: May 3, 2017 6:39 a.m. ET
Interest is waning a year after the country was opened up to U.S. visitors
A flash of excitement about travel to Cuba after the country opened its
borders to the U.S. in 2016 for the first time in decades… Continue reading
Cuban plane crashes, kills 8 troops on board, military says
CARAMBOLA, Cuba — A Cuban military plane crashed into a hillside
Saturday in the western province of Artemisa, killing eight troops on
board, the government said.
Cuba’s military said in a statement that the Soviet-made AN-26 took off
from the Playa Baracoa airport outside Havana at 6:38 a.m. and crashed… Continue reading
Direct flights from Minnesota to Cuba are stuck at the gate, and may be
for quite a while
Sun Country plays a waiting game while President Trump’s Cuba policy
By Kristen Leigh Painter Star Tribune APRIL 29, 2017 — 5:25PM
Nonstop flights between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Cuba are stalled — and
becoming less likely.
Sun Country Airlines, which was… Continue reading
Crabs invade Cuba’s Bay of Pigs
April 25, 2017, 10:59:00 AM EDT By Reuters
By Sarah Marsh
BAY OF PIGS, Cuba, April 25 (Reuters) – Cuba’s Bay of Pigs
has been invaded again, this time not by U.S.-backed anti-Castro
forces, but by millions of red, yellow and black landcrabs.
Each year, after the first spring rains, the crabs march for… Continue reading
JetBlue, American and Delta apply for more flights to Havana
BY CHABELI HERRERA
While several U.S. airlines have cut flights to Cuba citing weak demand,
American Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Delta Air Lines are investing in
more service to Havana.
Monday, American filed an application with the U.S. Department of
Transportation requesting seven weekly flights between Miami
International Airport… Continue reading
Pedicab Drivers Can Only Work Where They Live
14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 20 April 2017 — The transport
ministry (MITRANS) has issued a new provision that obligates Havana’s
pedicab drivers to have visible identification that specifies the
municipality where they can operate.
The sticker carries the driver’s license number and the name of the
municipality. An official calling herself Tamara… Continue reading
Depressed But Happy? / Francis Sanchez
Francis Sanchez, 29 March 2017 – Cuba is the country with the second
highest levels of depression in Latin America, exceeded only by Brazil.
The statistics appear in a report from the World Health Organization
(WHO) released in Geneva. From this report, paradoxically, this data is
omitted by Cuban publications that otherwise echo the… Continue reading
Miami electric car dealer sees opportunity in Cuban gas shortage
By Marc Frank | HAVANA
An electric car dealer with a Miami subsidiary is telling Cuba-based
diplomats struggling with a gasoline shortage on the Communist-run
Caribbean island that they should fret no longer.
The United States, which maintains a trade embargo on Cuba, licensed
Premier Automotive Export to sell vehicles… Continue reading
Spirit, the fifth airline to cut back on Cuba, ends flights to Havana
BY CHABELI HERRERA
Spirit Airlines’ Cuba fever is cooling down — big time.
The ultra-low cost carrier is ending its Havana flights from Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in June. That makes it the
fifth U.S. airline to cut back flights to the island after an initial… Continue reading
Spirit Airlines to end Havana service June 1; last flights on May 31
Arlene SatchellContact Reporter
Another U.S. air carrier is saying ‘Adios’ to Cuba.
Low-cost Spirit Airlines plans to operate its last flights between Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Havana on May 31, an
airline official said early Friday.
The news comes a little more than four… Continue reading
Cuba’s Port of Mariel is ready for U.S. cargo once trade agreement is
The new Trump leadership team has yet to determine its policy toward the
Communist Caribbean nation, however
At this time last year, U.S. seaports in Southeast and Gulf regions were
telling shippers that they were well positioned to take advantage of
trade with Cuba as restrictions… Continue reading