Nine New Ways to Get Yourself to Cuba
If you’re excited to visit Cuba, you’re not alone. Everyone, including cruise companies, airlines, tour operators, and ferry services, are jumping on the Caribbean bandwagon and heading south to Havana. Here are nine new and upcoming ways to realize your bucket list trip.
A nonstop flight from California with American Airlines
Come December 12, this major domestic airline will operate flights between Los Angeles International Airport and José Martí International Airport in Havana, making it the only U.S. carrier to provide nonstop service between the West Coast and Cuba.
This small, luxury cruise around the island
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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Head to Houston, and hop on a HavanaAir flight
This month, the airline—in partnership with Eastern Airlines—will be making weekly trips between Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Havana. All flights will be direct.
Fly direct from the Big Apple to Havana
JetBlue became the first major U.S. carrier to launch direct flights between New York City and Havana, Cuba, since the White House eased travel restrictions earlier this year. The weekly charter flights operate between New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport and Havana’s José Martí International Airport.
A “social impact” voyage with Carnival Cruises.
As early as next May, Carnival Corporation could be taking passengers to the island aboard the Adonia, the first ship from the Fathom voluntourism brand.
Board one of four Florida ferries
In May, four ferry operators got the “thumbs up” from the U.S. to begin trips between Key West and Havana. Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Orlando are still waiting for the green light.
Take a sailboat
With three-masts and a recent refurbishment, Adventure Smith Exploration’s schooner, the Panorama, will ship passengers between Havana, Marie LaGorda, Cayo Largo, Trinidad, and Cienfuegos this December.
Find a ticket on Cheapair.com
This booking engine was the first site to allow American travelers to book direct flights from the United States to Cuba via the charter company Cuba Travel Services.
Charter a flight with Island Travels & Tours
The Cuba specialist expanded service from Miami and Tamp this year to include major international hubs Orlando and, this fall, Baltimore-Washington.
Melanie Lieberman is the Assistant Digital Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @melanietaryn.