I was devastated to hear the latest news on proposed Cuban travel restrictions (I’ll update this post when official policies/rules/laws are available). But it could be back to square one!!!
I haven’t really blogged this year, and with the possibility of the upcoming restrictions, I thought it is fitting to tell you about our trip to Cuba from early this year. We love this country and we are so thankful we got the chance to visit. We will forever treasure the moments with the Cubans who we have met, some of whom have become our friends for life.
I’ve been wanting to visit Cuba ever since the first time I saw pictures of Cuba with its classic cars and colorful buildings. Cuba’s interesting culture and history put it on the top of my bucket list.
After almost 54 years, the U.S. government finally loosened the travel restrictions to Cuba in December 2014 and many Americans who wanted to could finally visit this country. And why wouldn’t they want to? After all, Cuba is one of the most intriguing and beautiful countries in the world. There are still some restrictions which means that Americans (or those under US jurisdiction i.e. living in the US) can’t just go and chill on a Cuban beach but many can – and do – visit Cuba with permissible reasons.
There were two commercial ways to visit Cuba, with an airline or with a cruise line; we chose the latter. We sailed with Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas on their New Year’s Eve sailing to Havana, stopping Key West. This sailing spent 2 days in Havana, which made it a great option. My family sailed with some of our friends and their kids. To people who are wondering if Cuba is safe for kids, check out some of the photos below.