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    Carnival cruise from Miami arrives in Cuba

    Carnival cruise from Miami arrives in Cuba
    Adonia becomes first cruise to depart from US to Cuba in nearly 40 years
    By Peter Burke – Local10.com Managing Editor , Associated Press , Hatzel
    Vela – Reporter
    Posted: 10:02 AM, May 02, 2016
    Updated: 11:25 PM, May 02, 2016

    HAVANA, Cuba – An historic cruise from Miami to Cuba has arrived at the
    first of three Cuban cities on its voyage.

    Passengers on the Adonia, a Carnival Cruise Line operating under its
    Fathom brand, left PortMiami on Sunday afternoon and arrived Monday
    morning in Havana.

    The cruise is the first to depart from a U.S. seaport for the island
    nation in nearly 40 years, restarting commercial travel on waters that
    served as a stage for a half-century of Cold War hostility.

    Carnival’s gleaming white 704-passenger Adonia became the first U.S.
    cruise ship in Havana since President Jimmy Carter eliminated virtually
    all restrictions of U.S. travel to Cuba in the late 1970s.

    Travel limits were restored after Carter left office and U.S. cruises to
    Cuba only become possible again after President Barack Obama and
    President Raul Castro declared detente on Dec. 17, 2014.

    The Adonia’s arrival is the first step toward a future in which
    thousands of ships a year could cross the Florida Straits, long closed
    to most U.S.-Cuba traffic.

    Stops are also scheduled in Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba during the
    seven-day cruise.

    Dozens chanted “Cuba” as passengers disembarked from the Adonia.Some
    Cubans could be seen waving American flags as the ship arrived at port.

    Arnie Perez, a Cuban-born attorney for Carnival, was on the cruise and
    shook hands with a member of the waiting Cuban delegation.

    Perez and his father, who died in October, had long been waiting to
    return to the island nation. He was also the first Cuban-born passenger
    to disembark from the ship.

    To honor his father, Perez brought his father’s driver’s license on the
    voyage.

    “He’s with me,” Perez said. “He’s with me here.”

    Vickey Rey was 5-years-old when she left Cuba, a moment she still remembers.

    “It was the middle of the night,” she said. “We were leaving and just
    looking back at the house as we were leaving…and just all of us
    huddled together in the back seat of a cab.”

    As soon as passenger Ana Garcia, who is the city manager of North Miami
    Beach, told the crowd that she was Cuban, the group erupted into cheers.

    Garcia said she was thinking of the day she left Cuba 48 years ago.

    “I’m blessed to be here today,” she said. “I’m hoping a better tomorrow
    for Cuba and my Cuban brothers and sisters.”

    Source: Carnival cruise from Miami arrives in Cuba –
    www.local10.com/news/cuba/carnival-cruise-from-miami-arrives-in-cuba

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