By Erika Owen
May 07, 2015
Cuba, Street Scene
Credit: Frederic Lagrange

Traveling to Cuba is about to get even easier. On the tail end of CubaKat and United Americas Shipping Services’ announcement that they will pursue ferry service to Cuba, U.S. officials have broken their silence as to whether the waterways will re-open for official travel to the island for the first time since 1961. Four U.S. companies were given the go-ahead from the U.S. Treasury and Commerce Departments to begin trips between Key West and Havana—one of which is looking to provide overnight journeys as often as three times a week.

Havana Ferry Partner of Fort Lauderdale, Baja Ferries of Miami, United Caribbean Lines Florida of Greater Orlando, and Airline Brokers Co. of Miami and Fort Lauderdale are just waiting to get the green light from Cuba’s officials.

What’s more, these ferry providers hope to offer a cheaper rate than commercial flights to the island. That means no extra fees for any added baggage (read: souvenirs) you bring back. If you’re planning a trip to Cuba, you can find everything you’re going to want to know here.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.