Cruising to Cuba starts when?

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Cruising to Cuba starts when?

Postby Georgs » Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:49 am

Welcome to the Cruising Cuba forum at TrawlerCrawler.net!

Let me launch the discussion by asking those with Cuba knowledge and experience to explain what the recent news out of Washington means and when U.S. citizens will be able to start cruising to Cuba. What is going on?

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Re: Cruising to Cuba starts when?

Postby floridariverman » Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:26 am

Having sailed to Cuba in 1996, and found it to be a wonderful crusing destination, I have followed the politics of that destination since. The outlook for being able to sail directly from the U.S. to Cuba and back again without the fear of penalty does not really look any better at least for the next couple of years. The Obama administration is moving slowly toward easing restrictions; but after the relaxations of the last couple of days, I expect the administration to wait for some sign or reciprocity on Cuba's part before relaxing restrictions further.

A good number of americans do still sail to Cuba, often as part of a larger Western Caribbean voyage such as Keys-Cuba-Caymans-Mexico-US.........and I have not personally heard of any penalties being imposed.

I would certainly be interested in hearing from others who have made the trip recently.

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Re: Cruising to Cuba starts when?

Postby capn chuck » Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:27 am

Here is an account of our visit on the south coast. We can't wait to do the north coast. Click on the pages to enlarge them
http://sea-trek.blogspot.com/search/lab ... %20Article

And some info on currents legislation in the works

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid= ... refer=home

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/05/world ... .html?_r=1

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Re: Cruising to Cuba starts when?

Postby ActiveCaptain » Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:59 pm

Two of the first things I'd like to know from experienced Cuba cruisers is:

1. What charts are available and acceptable for use? This includes electronic ones. Are C-Map and Navionics coverage of the area good enough? Are there BSB charts available?

2. What special issues are when cruising Cuba with dogs?


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Re: Cruising to Cuba starts when?

Postby capn chuck » Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:14 pm

Jeffrey, We used NOAA charts for Cuba in BSB form on our computer with no issues and Calder's guide book. The Cuban Government has excellent charts for the entire coast and Bluewater Books, at one time had a license to sell them. They are available for purchase through the Cuban Tourist Bureau, Cubanacan I believe. If those NOAA charts are included in C-Map they will be the same. You should be able to check on Jeppson's site. Can't answer on the dog issue. Chuck
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Eased embargo imminent, Frommer says

Postby Georgs » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:18 pm

Detailed regulations regarding the ability of Americans to visit Cuba are expected from the administration in about four weeks, and until that time we will not know exactly how broad the new policies will be. But a more careful study of the initial, general announcement of a week ago indicates that it may be easier than earlier assumed to visit Cuba.

All the comments on the Administration's new policy emphasized its statement that religious and educational travel will now be permitted. But I for one, and several other reports, failed to notice (or mention) a definite reference to cultural travel as also being permitted in the future -- and that might be a major loophole. Moreover, the announcement seemed to indicate that it would no longer be necessary for individuals to apply to the Treasury Department for a license to visit Cuba under the several new exemptions. Rather, the Treasury Department will license individual religious and educational organizations -- like the World Council of Churches or a particular university -- to create travel programs to Cuba, and individuals will then simply go to those particular organizations for the authority to make a trip.

Read more by Arthur Frommer: http://tinyurl.com/48jtd43
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