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Slow boat to Cuba: Ferry service to begin (eventually)


Lost in the news this week is one huge development for Cuban Americans living in south Florida, but also down the road, for travelers who want to visit the previously verbotten land.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that four companies have been granted ferry licenses to run service between south Florida and Havana.

Fares are expected to be about $150 or more and will allow travelers to carry more luggage than airlines do. Cuban Americans eligible to travel there frequently bring with them items not available in Cuba.

Of course it is still illegal for non Cuban Americans to travel there for vacation purposes and while relations with Cuba and the United States have been warming in recent years, changes in who sits in the Oval Office could change that. President Obama has generally been progressive in normalizing relations but his successor may have other thoughts, and priorities.

Still, whenever Cuba is opened fully to Americans it is expected to be instantly popular.




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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›