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12/16/13 - Prensa Latina - Canadian Cruise Ship Begins Travel Around Cuba 

16 de diciembre de 2013, 11:19By Roberto F. Campos Havana, Dec 16 (Prensa
Latina) After setting sail from Havana harbor early today, Canadian cruise
ship "Louis Cristal" begins the Cuba Cruise program, as part of plans to
increase trips of this kind in the archipelago.

During a presentation aboard, shortly before departing, Cuba Cruise
President Dugald Wells expressed travel agents, executives, and journalists
his satisfaction for the beginning of the route that took him four years of

Wells said he personally toured in a car all this island's places to choose
the docking ports, as well as having an excellent support by the members of
the Cuban Ministry of Tourism, among other official entities.

He stated that severe contacts with authorities and many tourism
professionals were already developed, and passengers supply, above all with
German, Scandinavian and, of course, Canadian tourists, has already been
confirmed with 132 tour-operators worldwide.

He also talked of existence of a U.S. non-lucrative organization with
interests in those travels.

The trip will last seven days. After setting sail from Havana harbor, the
cruise ship will stop over in Antilla, the eastern province of Holguin;
Santiago de Cuba; Montego Bay (Jamaica); Punta Frances, in southern Isle of
Youth; and will later return to Havana.

The Canadian executive stated that Cuba receives more than one million
tourists per year, many of them have already visited the island seven
times, and this trip proposes a new way to know the country.

A group of 20 artists, mostly Cubans, and Canadians, who are responsible
for the night shows, are travelling aboard the ship, Wells said.

This project (www.cubacruise.com) is part of the 125 dockings of eight
ships scheduled for this winter season of the Cuban tourism, starting
November 1 through April 30, in many ports of the island.


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