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Jacqueline Gifford

Ever since the US and Cuban governments began reestablishing diplomatic ties, travel companies have been clamoring to do business in Cuba. And that includes cruise lines.

Haimark Line, a small-ship luxury cruise operator, recently announced plans to have its 105-cabin MS Saint Laurent sail 9-night round-trip voyages from Miami beginning in February 2016. The 15 trips—a part of Cuba’s people-to-people cultural exchange program—will visit ports including Havana, Maria La Gorda, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad.

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These sailings will be done in conjunction with UCL, Haimark’s partner in the Cuba itineraries. UCL already has approval for ocean transport of passengers between ports in the US and ports in Cuba. UCL is now in discussion with the Cuban government on an amendment to the agreement which would allow passengers to be moved in between Cuban ports, and overnight on the ship. All indications are that the approval will go through.

Rates begin from $4,599 per person, double occupancy, and include all meals, beverages and excursions.

Jacqueline Gifford is a senior editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @jacquigiff.

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