Why Cuba? History and reconciliation and the recipe for Cuban life
Che Gueverra likeness at Revolutionary Square in Havana

Why Cuba? History and reconciliation and the recipe for Cuban life

Cuba: “a dose of World War II rationing, a pinch of Soviet era austerity, the family values of South America, the educational values of the US and the loquaciousness of the Irish.”

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Last Cuba port call – historic Santiago de Cuba and pirates of the Caribbean
Santiago de Cuba Centro

Last Cuba port call – historic Santiago de Cuba and pirates of the Caribbean

Historic Santiago de Cuba is home to revolutions, gave birth to Cuban leaders Jose Marti and Fidel Castro and was the scene of Teddy Roosevelt's famous charge up San Juan Hill.

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Second port call in Cuba – beautiful French-inspired Cienfuegos
French colonial architecture restoration project in Cienguegos

Second port call in Cuba – beautiful French-inspired Cienfuegos

If Cuba had a Paris, Lonely Planet Cuba says, Cienfuegos would be it as it’s arranged around a spectacular natural bay (there are charter sailboats in the harbor and I can only imagine a lot more once Americans discover this place).

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TAKING THE KIDS – TO CUBA ON THE FIRST AMERICAN SHIP TO SAIL HERE IN NEARLY 60 YEARS

I’ve learned first hand that encouraging kids to be global citizens, to be comfortable outside their own comfort zones, helps them navigate unfamiliar and difficult turf in their lives as they grow up.

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In Havana, meeting people who are starting private businesses
Gilberto Valladares Reina in his hairdressing salon and museum in Old Havana

In Havana, meeting people who are starting private businesses

Gilberto Valladares Reina has always been a barber—and a dreamer. That’s not always been easy in Cuba, where the government controlled so many aspects of your life.

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Into Havana on a “people-to-people” tour from the first American cruise ship in 58 years
Kids from the Adonia mugging for the camera in Old Havana

Into Havana on a “people-to-people” tour from the first American cruise ship in 58 years

Cubans lined the Havana shoreline, cheering loudly as the ship sailed in. Those on board lined the decks cheering, waving Cuban and American flags as Adonia, became the first American ship to enter Havana Harbor in 58 years

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How kids like making history on first American cruise to Cuba
Kids table on the Fathom Adonia enroute to Cuba

How kids like making history on first American cruise to Cuba

The Russell kids had spent the last two weeks in the Dominican Republic where they joined in volunteer activities that ranged from wrapping chocolate bars at a women’s collective to helping to lay cement floors for several families.

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On the first American sea voyage to Cuba since the Revolution
Provisioning for first American cruise to Cuba in 2016

On the first American sea voyage to Cuba since the Revolution

Eleven kids are making history, though they may not realize it. The kids are among the 700 passengers aboard Fathom’s Adonia, the first American ship to win approval to sail into Cuba from American shores in more than 50 years. (Fathom is the newest cruise brand of Carnival Corp).

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