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Frontier Airlines, con sede en Denver, también cancelará sus vuelos diarios entre Miami y La Habana a partir del 4 de junio —según confirmó el lunes el portavoz Jim Faulkner—, debido a la fuerte competencia y a los costos más altos de lo esperado del servicio en el aeropuerto de La Habana, reportó la AP.

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La Habana y Moscú analizaron la posibilidad de introducir en Rusia el medicamento cubano Heberprot P (para tratar la úlcera del pie diabético), entre otros asuntos de colaboración médica.

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14ymedio, Bertha K. Guillen, Candelaria, Cuba, 13 March 2017 — Apples, disposable diapers and fried foods are some of the products on display on the stands of the traveling fairs that make the rounds of Cuban towns. Nomadic caravans that recall the circuses of the olden days, but without the jugglers or wild beasts. Rosario … Continue reading "The Nomads Of The Commerce Travel The Towns Of Cuba / 14ymedio, Bertha Guillen" Continue reading


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Dos aerolíneas estadounidenses anunciaron el lunes 13 de marzo que planean cancelar sus vuelos a Cuba. Silver Airways, con sede en Fort Lauderdale, dijo que había tomado la “difícil pero … Click to Continue » Continue reading

(EFE).- La aerolínea estadounidense Silver Airways suspenderá a partir abril sus vuelos a Cuba debido a la saturación en la oferta y a problemas operativos sin resolver desde que se iniciaron las rutas comerciales a la isla en agosto de 2016.

Misty Pinson, jefe de comunicaciones de la aerolínea, precisó a Efe que todos sus vuelos semanales, 21 de ida y vuelta a la isla, serán suspendidos a partir del 22 de abril.

Hay "demasiados vuelos y aviones de gran tamaño" que sirven a este mercado, lo que disparó la capacidad en un "300 por ciento", precisó Silver Airways, con sede en Fort Lauderdale, a unos 45 kilómetros al norte de Miami.

La empresa dijo que no va a comportarse de la forma "irracional" en que, a su juicio, lo han hecho las otras aerolíneas de EE UU autorizadas para viajar a Cuba como parte del proceso de normalización de relaciones diplomáticas y comerciales que emprendió Barack Obama cuando era presidente (2009-20017).

"Esta falta de demanda y la sobrecapacidad de las grandes aerolíneas han hecho que las rutas cubanas no sean rentables para todos los transportistas", señaló la empresa en un comunicado.[[QUOTE:Silver Airways señaló que sus proyecciones tuvieron en cuenta el número de pasajeros que viajaban hacia y desde Cuba, pero no la saturación de la oferta]]Según la aerolínea, que no descarta en el futuro regresar a Cuba, la demanda también ha sido afectada por problemas técnicos.

Entre ellos, algunos de distribución a través de agencias de viajes en línea y los acuerdos de código compartido, pese a que las primera rutas comerciales de Estados Unidos comenzaron en agosto de 2016.

En 2016 el Gobierno estadounidense autorizó 110 vuelos a la isla, 20 a La Habana y 90 otras ciudades cubanas.

El primero de ellos se realizó el 31 de agosto de 2016, después de un receso de más de 50 años, con una ruta de JetBlue de Fort Lauderdale a Santa Clara.

Silver Airways señaló que sus proyecciones tuvieron en cuenta el número de pasajeros que viajaban hacia y desde Cuba, pero no la saturación de la oferta, y aseguró que seguirá enfocando sus esfuerzos en su red de Florida y Bahamas.


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"Yo no creo realmente que se pueda hacer arte político", afirma el artista Hamlet Lavastida (La Habana, 1983), quien considera que "no hace arte político", sino que "trabaja con formas de lo político", ya que en su obra están presentes elementos históricos, el lenguaje del discurso político y también la iconografía que lo acompaña. De ello conversó en su visita a nuestra redacción en Madrid.


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La aerolínea estadounidense Silver Airways suspenderá a partir de abril sus vuelos a Cuba debido a la saturación en la oferta y a problemas operativos sin resolver desde que se iniciaron las rutas comerciales a la Isla en agosto de 2016, reportó EFE.

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Airlines Drop Cuba Flights, Citing Lower Demand Than Anticipated
By FRANCES ROBLES MARCH 13, 2017

Just six months after being the first airline to sell seats on regularly
scheduled flights to Cuba, Silver Airways, a regional carrier based in
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that specializes in smaller markets, will scrap
its service to the island next month. It is the latest industry move to
underscore that fewer Americans are traveling to Cuba than originally
anticipated.

Citing low demand and competition from major airlines, Silver said it
would cease its operations in Cuba effective April 22. The move follows
other reductions by American Airlines and JetBlue, which in recent weeks
either switched to smaller aircraft or cut back on the number of
flights. Experts say the changes in the young market illustrate not so
much a lack of passengers, but the rush of airlines into new territory
with an abundance of seats the market could not possibly fill.

"Other airlines continue to serve this market with too many flights and
oversized aircraft, which has led to an increase in capacity of
approximately 300 percent between the U.S. and Cuba," said Misty Pinson,
the director of communications for Silver. "It is not in the best
interest of Silver and its team members to behave in the same irrational
manner as other airlines."

On Monday, Denver-based Frontier Airlines said that it would cease its
daily flight to Havana from Miami on June 4. The airline said costs in
Havana significantly exceeded initial assumptions, "market conditions
failed to materialize" and too much capacity had been allocated between
Florida and Cuba.

Regularly scheduled passenger jet service to Cuba had been cut off for
more than 50 years. Americans who wanted to go there had to go through
third countries or take expensive charter flights that were notorious
for long delays and steep baggage fees.

President Barack Obama renewed diplomatic relations with Cuba in 2015,
and then brought back commercial airline travel last year. The companies
that were authorized by the Department of Transportation booked routes
not just to Havana, but also to less traveled cities such as Manzanillo
and Holguín. With no history of commercial airline traffic to judge by,
the airlines were largely guessing how many United States citizens and
Cubans would line up for tickets.

United Airlines has service from Newark and Houston, and Alaska Airlines
flies to Havana from Los Angeles. Delta offers three daily flights to
Havana from Atlanta, Miami and Kennedy International Airport in New
York. Destinations like Santa Clara proved to be less popular than the
airlines had hoped, and some were forced to scale back.

"We started pretty big in Cuba," said Laura Masvidal, a spokeswoman for
American Airlines. "We made some adjustments to adjust to the market
demand."

Until February, American Airlines offered 1,920 seats a day to Cuba. The
number dropped last month to 1,472, a nearly 25 percent reduction. The
airline cut flights to Holguín, Santa Clara and Varadero to one daily
flight from two, Ms. Masvidal said.

JetBlue Airways, which on Aug. 31 was the first to fly to Cuba, still
offers nearly 50 weekly round-trip flights between the United States and
four Cuban cities, but the airline recently switched to smaller planes.

"We have made some adjustment to aircraft types assigned to the routes,
which is common as we constantly evaluate how to best utilize our
aircraft fleet within our network," said Doug McGraw, an airline spokesman.

Silver Airways has been flying 22 flights a week with smaller aircraft
to nine Cuban destinations other than the capital, including Santa
Clara, Holguín and Cayo Coco. Demand, Ms. Pinson said, was depressed by
complications with online travel agency distribution and code-share
agreements that still have not been resolved. The airline had already
tried reducing its offerings.

The airline's decision comes even as passenger traffic to Cuba is
actually increasing at a brisk pace.

"The market is exploding," said Chad Olin, the president of Cuba
Candela, which specializes in booking trips to Cuba for the millennial
traveler. "There is some demand adjustment happening as well, but net
outcome is still one of the fastest growing markets in global tourism
history."

Mr. Olin said restaurants, bars and private home rentals are now much
more crowded with Americans than even just a few months ago. "You hear
American English spoken everywhere," he said in an email.

And to hear the Cuban government media tell it, Americans interested in
visiting Cuba were triggered by a message that told everyone to "travel
now."

The number of Americans who visited Cuba was up 125 percent in January,
compared with the same month last year, the government reported, calling
it a "virtual stampede." Americans, the report said, were prompted by
President Trump's administration calling for a total review of the Cuba
policies enacted by Mr. Obama.

Under the administration of George W. Bush, Cuban-Americans were limited
to how often they could visit their families, so that niche also had a
38 percent increase, the Cuban media report said.

But it was still not enough to fill the flights.

"I think that a lot of airlines thought that there would be more demand
than there is," said Paul Berry, a spokesman for Spirit airlines, which
flies twice a day to Havana from Fort Lauderdale. "Loads are not very
heavy."

Mr. Berry said there are still glitches, including not being able to
easily use American credit cards. Cuban hotels are pricey, and some
travelers are turned off by the extra costs for things like required
traveler's medical insurance and visas. The landing fees alone, Mr.
Berry said, are sometimes more expensive than the actual airfare.

American citizens are still required to report which of the 12
authorized types of travel they are undertaking, which could also be
limiting the number of potential passengers, he said. Religious and
educational trips are allowed, but tanning on the beach is not. Many
Americans are "not willing to flat-out lie" about why they are going,
Mr. Berry said.

"A lot of people are not traveling; I think that's why you see other
airlines scale back," he said. "There's just not as much demand to go
around."

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It's time for brands to invest in Cuba
13 March 2017

HAVANA: Although the US trade embargo on Cuba still exists, a new report
from Kantar Millward Brown advises international brands to take a
serious look at the opportunities the country presents.

WPP's global research agency, which produces the respected BrandZ
studies, has now released a BrandZ Spotlight on Cuba report, which
highlights the potential for local and international brands to grow in
this market of 11m educated consumers.

Focusing on 43 brands in four key categories – covering coffee, spirits,
beer and tobacco – the report found that Cuba has one of the highest
rates in the world for brands dubbed "clean slates".

Kantar Millward Brown said these "clean slates" are brands that most
people don't know exist, or people recognise the name but don't know
what the name stands for.

The proportion of "clean slates" stands at 38% in Cuba, compared to a
global average of 14%, and the report said "this gap represents a huge
opportunity for brands in Cuba".

Furthermore, the report's personality analysis revealed that Cuba hosts
a high proportion of brands which are perceived to be "sexy",
"desirable" and "rebellious".

Elsewhere, Havana Club rum is seen as the most innovative brand in Cuba,
while Cristal beer is the most loved brand, closely followed by Heineken
and Café Serrano coffee.

Havana Club also tops the BrandZ measure of Brand Power, which assesses
how meaningfully different and well known a brand is.

"Cuba is an island paradox and a market like no other in the world. A
standard 'fast-growing markets' strategy just won't work here," said
David Roth, CEO of The Store WPP, EMEA and Asia.

"Negotiating the nuances of working and building brands in this country
– and navigating apparent contradictions – requires local insight and a
lot of patience, but now's the time to invest that energy and those
resources," he added.

"As Cuba continues to transform, there is a clear opportunity for local
and international brands to play a part in the development of its
economy – and grow their business in the process."

Data sourced from Kantar Millward Brown; additional content by Warc staff

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The first Cuba tourism boom is over. Here comes the next wave: cruises
BY CHABELI HERRERA
cherrera@miamiherald.com

Havana was exploding in yanqui frenzy. Seven hundred Americans streamed
across its streets one steamy May 2016 morning on an expedition of
rediscovery. They were the first to arrive via sea since John F. Kennedy
was president.

The wave of change was crashing over Cuba.

For passengers on this historic voyage, the visit included hours of
tours through the city's highlight reel. Dinner at a private Cuban
restaurant, un paladar. Rides in classic — Cubans would call them rustic
— 1950s cars, los almendrones. Strolls through the centuries-old Spanish
squares of La Habana Vieja.

But for Miami cruise expert Stewart Chiron and his son Bryan, then 13,
Cuba's unique allure really came to life when they walked into a Havana
historical powerhouse: el Hotel Nacional.

Built in 1930 by a U.S. firm and U.S. architects, el Nacional was a
haven for American mobsters and starlets. It also was the scene of a
bloody siege key to the eventual rise of former dictator Fulgencio
Batista. A bunker on the grounds dates to the Cuban Missile Crisis — the
threat that eventually prompted Kennedy to sign the Cuba trade embargo
that banned most trade and travel between U.S. citizens and the
Communist island.

The embargo is still in place. But rules relaxed in 2014 by the U.S.
government that allow its citizens to visit for cultural exchanges
brought about 615,000 U.S. tourists last year to taste the
long-forbidden apple in the Caribbean's Garden of Eden. This year, an
estimated 172,000 tourists will come via nine ships from eight
U.S.-based cruise lines.

Until now, other travel sectors, such as airlines and hotels, have
struggled to satiate a massive American appetite to see Cuba while
dealing with the island's antiquated infrastructure. Airlines have
reduced flights and hotels have lowered their inflated prices. The
cruise lines are expected to face that conundrum too, but to a much
lesser degree because their unique form of accommodation offers a
protection from the island's shortage of modern hotels and efficient
highways — for now.

"Everybody knows, both here and there, that there will have to be
infrastructure development to support the onward growth," said Adam
Goldstein, president and chief operating officer of Royal Caribbean
Cruises, whose lines Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club
Cruises will sail to Cuba this year. "Those are just the realities of
going to a place that is super interesting and has limitations [and]
constraints." Over time, Cuba's restaurants, ports, roads, hotels and
other tourist facilities will improve, he believes. "But all of that is
[still] totally in its infancy."

In the travel boom spurred by former President Barack Obama's 2014
announcement of detente, international hotel companies signed building
contracts and airlines scrambled to earn a chunk of the 110 available
daily flight slots. U.S. arrivals in Cuba ballooned 34 percent between
2015 and 2016, according to Josefina Vidal, Cuba's chief negotiator with
the U.S. Hotel rates soared between 100 and 400 percent, with rooms
previously priced at $150 per night skyrocketing to $650, according to
New York-based tour operator Insight Cuba. American Airlines, JetBlue,
Spirit and others started operating daily flights to 10 cities,
including airports that hadn't welcomed U.S. airlines in decades.

As the dust has started to settle, hotel rates have normalized. Airlines
that overshot demand for Cuba are cutting back on routes and using
smaller planes. The reason: Cuba can be comparatively expensive and
traveling there is sometimes cumbersome.

The average round-trip airfare for Cuba from the U.S. was about $342 in
February, according to data from Airlines Reporting Corp. While less
than the Caribbean round-trip average that month of $594, the fare is
relatively high for travel to an island that has a limited number of
hotel rooms — only 64,231 in 2015, according to a December Florida
International University report on tourism in Cuba, or about 10,000 more
than in Miami-Dade — meaning travelers may be hard pressed to find
accommodations in their budget. Even taxi drivers, classic car drivers
and paladar owners have increased their prices, sometimes doubling or
tripling them, according to Insight Cuba.

But many of those challenges don't exist on a cruise ship. So while
airlines have cut back, cruise lines have pushed forward, adding
itineraries through the end of the year. By the end of 2017, eight U.S.
lines — seven based in Miami — will offer Cuba itineraries. Sailings
aboard Carnival Corp.'s pioneering Fathom, which inaugurated U.S. cruise
service, will be discontinued after June, but only because demand for
its every-other-week trips to the Dominican Republic didn't match the
strength of its Cuba component.

"The cruise industry is pretty well contained, so we bring our own food,
we bring our own garbage disposal systems, we want to leave as little
footprint as possible but add to the economic prosperity that tourism
overall brings," said Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian
Cruise Line Holdings, which will sail to Cuba on all three of its lines:
Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas.

Ships also bring their own accommodations, skirting hotel infrastructure
limitations, and set up the excursions to ensure travelers follow U.S.
guidelines. The trips are paid for ahead of time. (Hotel rentals and all
purchases on the island are cash transactions.)

"There's less hoops people have to go through," said Debbie Fiorino,
vice president of Fort Lauderdale-based travel agency CruiseOne/Dream
Vacations and Cruises Inc. "You don't have to worry if everything in
Cuba is built up."

That's why Olga Cormier, who lives in Miramar, is visiting Cuba via a
ship. The avid cruiser, who is of Cuban heritage, has plans for a fall
trip on Norwegian Cruise Line's 2,004-passenger Norwegian Sky, one of
the largest American ships sailing to the island, because the ship has
an overnight stay in Havana.

"It's just with all the time and limitations and everything else, I
don't know that I'm ready to go via plane ride and do the whole tourist
thing that way," Cormier said. "One of the advantages of cruising is
that it is sort of a sampler platter — you see a place and then decide
if you want to go and stay."

Managing massive growth
On the wall behind Del Rio's desk in his Miami office are two large,
slightly yellowed, black-and-white photographs of cruise ships entering
Havana Harbor in the 1930s. The space next to it is blank, ready to
welcome an image shot last week, when Oceania's Marina sailed into Havana.

"I've said for many years that in my upper right hand drawer there are
itineraries ready to go and they were ready the day I launched Oceania
back in 2003," said Del Rio, who emigrated from Cuba in 1961 at age 6.

That was the same year American cruise ships stopped calling in Cuba.
Then, thanks to financial support from the Soviet Union, Cuba stopped
relying on tourism. That was in stark contrast with the 1950s, when
cruising to Cuba from the U.S. was a staple, said Christopher Baker, a
Cuba expert and travel writer.

Then in 2014, some European lines began calling in Cuba on their weekly
winter sailings, Baker said. Those included Greek line Variety Cruises,
French lines Le Ponant and Club Med, Swiss line MSC and British line
Noble Caledonia.

The small ships of those European lines have "not put undue stress" on
Havana, Baker said. The port there features a modest air-conditioned
terminal and space for a medium-sized cruise ship (no bigger than
Norwegian's 850-foot long Sky) on one side and a small vessel on the other.

The Oceania ships are considered small compared to some of the world's
largest; the 1,250-passenger Marina and 684-passenger Insignia, which
will both go to Cuba, are a fraction of the size of Royal Caribbean
International's 6,000-passenger plus ships. But Norwegian Cruise Line's
2,004-passenger Sky is slated to overlap on its trips to Havana with
Royal Caribbean International's 1,602-passenger Empress of the Seas
nearly a dozen times this year. That will dump more than 3,000 tourists
into the Cuban capital at once.

That volume is more than four times the number of passengers Fathom was
unloading in Havana on a bimonthly basis last year when it was the only
American line in Cuba. Through the end of the year, cruise ships will be
in Havana about five days a week, according to the line's announced
itineraries.

"It has been rare to find more than one cruise ship at a time berthed in
Havana," Baker said in an email. "I expect that the arrival of larger
ships will begin to test the infrastructure. More buses and guides will
be required to ferry passengers once ashore; lunchtime restaurants will
be squeezed to accommodate all the passengers; and the plazas of
colonial Habana Vieja are already crowded."

Baker said the cruise influx has displaced U.S. tour operators, which
have been operating people-to-people trips in Cuba for several years,
from restaurants, leading tour companies to complain about getting
crowded out of popular venues.

And cruise ship passengers, unlike land-based travelers, are less likely
to financially support the country's growing roster of private
homeowners who rent their homes or run restaurants, Baker said.

"Cruise ship passengers are less likely to contribute directly to the
local economy, as their spending is typically relegated to the purchase
of souvenirs; the key benefit will be to the Cuban state for berthing
fees and charges for the use of state-employed guides and buses," Baker
said.

Tom Popper, president of Insight Cuba, which has been leading U.S. tours
on the island since 2000, said the cruise influx creates challenges for
on-the-ground tour operations — but only for short periods and for a
worthy payoff, he said.

"Any kind of opportunity for Cuba to get into the 21st century and be a
viable tourist destination is going to involve these things and involve
change," Popper said.

Still, there is a chance President Donald Trump may throw a monkey
wrench into the situation.

Politics play a large role in Cuba's decision to make large
infrastructure changes or approve additional tourism into the island,
Popper said.

"It's just the way their apparatus works — with extreme caution. They
have limited resources and the embargo has a very cataclysmic effect on
their economy," he said. "Their philosophy has always been, 'When we see
it, we will build it.'"

The Cuban government's only announced tourism goal is to add 108,000
hotel rooms to the existing stock of three-star or better accommodations
by 2030. That objective would require a $33 billion investment,
according to the FIU study. The study predicts it is unlikely Cuba will
meet that goal unless the embargo ends.

That possibility remains unlikely under Trump, who has previously warned
that if the U.S. can't strike a better deal that includes political
concessions from the Cuban government, he may reverse Obama's softened
travel restrictions.

Worried about a potential change, more than 100 Cuban entrepreneurs sent
Trump a letter in December detailing the importance of tourism, among
other things, for economic growth on the island.

"An influx of American and Cuban-American visitors stimulates growth for
our businesses, directly and indirectly," the letter read. "Increased
interaction and business dealings with U.S. travelers and U.S. companies
has had important economic benefits, the exchanges of ideas and
knowledge, and offered much hope for the future."

A tearful welcome
In the grand scheme of Caribbean cruise travel, Cuba's impact is
limited. Only Norwegian has weekly trips to the island beginning in May,
while the other lines have scattered trips scheduled around port
availability.

"In terms of the materiality to our overall business portfolio, [Cuba]
is de minimis — much less than 1 percent," said Royal Caribbean's
Goldstein. "[Still], for many many years, there has been a pent-up
demand to be able to cruise to Cuba."

Eventually, the lines foresee participating in infrastructure changes,
said Norwegian Holdings' Del Rio.

"[Improving port infrastructure] is something the cruise industry
routinely does around the world to help the local authorities improve
the cruise infrastructure faster than it otherwise might and my guess is
that Havana and the other Cuban ports will be no exception when we are
allowed to do so," he said.

Bookings for sailings featuring Cuba are strong, travel agents said,
albeit less robust than at the height of the Cuba rush in 2015. Now, the
cruise lines are entering the scene during Cuba's "new normal" of
heightened travel interest, Popper said.

"Cuba is going to remain one of those destinations for Americans for
years because millions of people want to visit and they will over time,"
he said. "If you're Cuban and you live in Havana, you're happy."

For U.S. visitors like Chiron and his son, Cuba's history will continue
to be a lure. For them, the time at Hotel Nacional brought alive a past
they had long heard about in Miami.

"There's a window with a phone that dates back to the Cuban Missile
Crisis, large cannons that were used to defend the port when they
attacked the USS Montgomery [during the Spanish American war]," Chiron
recalled. "[Later,] we went back to the bar to have our first mojito and
you look at the pictures of the people on the wall, there are
celebrities, but you had these big pictures of the president of China
and you have [Russia's] Vladimir Putin on the wall.

"It was interesting to see history from a different perspective."

For their part, Cubans have welcomed American travelers with unexpected
openness, said Baker, the Cuba expert.

"Cubans gave [Fathom's] Adonia a tearful welcome," Baker said. "It was
immensely symbolic. Cubans love Americans and U.S. visitors are often
surprised at the degree to which Cubans on the street display their open
affection for Americans."

Del Rio experienced that openness when he visited his former elementary
school, now a middle school, in Havana during one of his business trips
to the island. While there, he spoke to about 40 students.

"I asked them all sorts of questions and the overwhelming general
consensus is that they as the youth, they're very proud of their country
but they would really like to reengage with America," Del Rio said. "I
asked them point blank, 'Do you see America as an amigo, or an enemigo'
— friend or foe?

"And unanimous, it was friend."

THIS ARTICLE INCLUDES COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC INSIGHT NETWORK, AN
ONLINE COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE AGREED TO SHARE THEIR INSIGHTS WITH
THE MIAMI HERALD AND WLRN. BECOME A SOURCE AT
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Chabeli Herrera: 305-376-3730, @ChabeliH

THE EIGHT U.S. CRUISE LINES GOING TO CUBA
Norwegian Cruise Line on the 2,004-passenger Norwegian Sky

Royal Caribbean International on the 1,602-passenger Empress of the Seas

Carnival Cruise Line on the 2,052-passenger Carnival Paradise

Azamara Club Cruises on the 690-passenger Azamara Quest

Oceania Cruises on the 1,250-passenger Marina and 684-passenger Insignia

Regent Seven Seas on the 700-passenger Seven Seas Mariner

Pearl Seas Cruises on the 210-passenger Pearl Mist

Fathom on the 704-passenger Adonia

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… behind hard currency.” She continues, “Cuba is the same totalitarian hellhole … two-and-a-half-hour flight from Charlotte to Havana recently and spent a week … of the Revolution in central Havana. Our tour leader warned my … other countries. Still, while ordinary Cubans suffer under a stifling economic … Continue reading

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El Instituto Nacional de Migración de México (INM) informó en una nota de prensa que en la mañana de este lunes repatrió a 49 cubanos que se encontraban en el país en situación irregular. A las 7:30 (hora local) fueron enviados en un avión de la Policía Federal, procedente de Quintana Roo, hacia el Aeropuerto José Martí, en La Habana.

Los migrantes –40 hombres y nueve mujeres– habían llegado a México en distintas fechas y se encontraban a la espera de obtener un oficio de salida que les permitiera alcanzar la frontera estadounidense.

Desde la paralización de la anterior política migratoria estadounidense de pies secos/pies mojados, el Gobierno mexicano ya no dispensa a los cubanos sin visado el oficio de salida, que permite a los extranjeros sin nacionalidad reconocida transitar 20 días de manera legal por el país.

En cambio, las autoridades mexicanas han pasado a aplicar desde entonces el acuerdo bilateral con La Habana, que permite la devolución de ciudadanos del país caribeño si estos son reconocidos como tales por los consulados de Cuba en México.

Según el diario oficial Cubadebate, entre el 12 de enero –fecha de finalización de la anterior política migratoria de EE UU- y el 15 de febrero fueron deportados 264 cubanos por el el INM mexicano siguiendo el mismo procedimiento.

Hasta el pasado 18 de febrero un total de 680 migrantes fueron repatriados a la Isla procedentes de distintos países, en su mayoría de Estados Unidos.


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La mexicana Eugenia León (ganadora de un Grammy) y las españolas Rosana y Laura Alonso cantarán a los cubanos, según reportó EFE.

La intérprete mexicana Eugenia León y la cantautora española Rosana figuran entre las principales atracciones de la próxima edición del "Encuentro de Voces Populares" que tendrá lugar del 22 al 28 de mayo en La Habana.

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