Florida Ferries Going to Cuba Again

Also, JetBlue adds a weekly flight from New York City
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2015 3:43 PM CDT
File photo of a ferry en route to Havana.   (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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(Newser) – The US embargo on Cuba is still in place, but two developments today further suggest that its days are numbered:

  • Ferry service: Two companies have gotten approval from the US to begin running ferries from Florida to Cuba for the first time in 50 years, reports the Sun Sentinel. The ferries can carry authorized travelers but still not regular tourists, at least while the embargo is still in place. A few other restrictions: No vehicles, and the boats must not make any stops in between.

  • Weekly flight: JetBlue today announced it was adding a weekly flight from New York City to Havana, reports NBC New York. The flight will leave JFK at noon on Fridays starting in July, with a return flight getting home at 8pm. It's the first new flight by a major carrier since restrictions between the two countries were eased.
Last month, President Obama shook hands with Cuba's Raul Castro. (Read more Cuba stories.)

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