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On Live Voyage Reports: End Of A Cruise To Cuba And Back

Sadly, I’m back to where I started last week aboard Cuba Cruise’s Louis Cristal, which means two things: I’m back in Montego Bay, Jamaica; and my circumnavigation of Cuba has come to a close.

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Cuba Cruise’s Louis Cristal arrives back in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports

January 18, 2014

It may be that as the pages of history are turned, brighter futures and better times will come to Cuba.
– Winston Churchill, 1895

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Coming alongside in Montego Bay earlier this morning. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Over the course of the past week, I not only got to sail aboard a ship I’d always wanted to visit, but also was treated — along with the other guests aboard Louis Cristal — to an intimate look at the fascinating Caribbean island that is Cuba. Complex, mysterious and far from clear-cut, Cuba is the ultimate destination for those who tire of the commercialization that runs rampant over many Caribbean islands.

Land-resort vacations to Cuba are nothing new. Cruising to Cuba, on the other hand, is an extraordinarily rare experience.

If you missed it, here’s a look back at our day-by-day Live Voyage Report aboard Cuba Cruise’s Louis Cristal:

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This is also an excellent time to answer some of the questions readers have sent me over the past two weeks:

Which is the better embarkation port – Montego Bay or Havana?

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Classic American automobiles are still prevalent throughout Cuba — but their numbers are dwindling. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

An avid traveler and an award-winning journalist, Ralph Grizzle produces articles, video and photos that are inspiring and informative, personal and passionate. A journalism graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ralph has specialized in travel writing for more than two decades. To read more cruise and port reviews by Ralph Grizzle, visit his website at www.avidcruiser.com

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