July 5, 2009 |
Nonstop to Cuba? ?Si! A Long Beach company called Cuba Travel Services last week began weekly nonstop flights between Havana and LAX on Tuesdays. Flight time on the chartered Continental Airlines Boeing 737-800, which can carry 150 passengers, is less than 5 1/2 hours. Round-trip adult fares start at $689 plus tax. Because of U.S. restrictions on travel to the communist-ruled country, most customers are expected to be Cuban Americans who have family there.
May 22, 2013 |
Globus has joined the ranks of well-known tour companies offering trips to Cuba under a special U.S. Treasury Department license that permits people-to-people educational exchanges on the Communist island. Its nine-day “ Undiscovered Cuba ” itinerary, based in Havana, includes a city tour led by a local architect; meetings with musicians and university students and local car club members; dinner at a family-owned paladar (privately owned restaurant), with a discussion of the free-enterprise system; a visit with a tobacco farmer and his family; and an excursion to the home of late novelist Ernest Hemingway . Beach time is not on the agenda.
December 24, 2011
Dolores Merino of Los Angeles was on vacation in Cuba early this month when she came across these women in old Havana who brightened the mood.
January 10, 1992 |
"Counterrevolutionaries" seeking to flee the island shot and killed three Cuban policemen and badly wounded a fourth officer when they tried to steal a launch from a boatyard east of Havana early Thursday, Cuba's Interior Ministry said. An official statement said the incident, less than a week after 34 Cubans fled to Florida in a stolen helicopter, occurred at Tarara on the northern coast about nine miles east of Havana.
September 6, 1987 |
The U.S. government has named a new head of its diplomatic mission in Cuba after a nine-month break, officials said here on Friday. The mission's interim head, Thomas Gerth, said career diplomat John J. Taylor was appointed by the State Department to replace Curtis W. Kamman, who was abruptly withdrawn as chief of the U.S. interests section in Havana in January. Gerth told reporters that Taylor would take his post soon but gave no date.
November 18, 2012
At last count, there are more than 160 tour operators with licenses from the Treasury Department to run people-to-people Cuba trips. Here are three: Insight Cuba , (800) 450-2822, http://insightcuba.com/cuba-tours . I was on the Classic Cuba trip, with prices starting at $3,595 a person for seven nights and eight days. Airfare is not included. Geographic Expeditions, (888) 570-7108, http://www.geoex.com/trips/cuba . Eight-day trips from $5,680, not including round-trip airfare from Miami to Havana.
March 23, 2003 |
Sixteen Cubans who were aboard a Cuban airliner that was hijacked and diverted to Florida returned to Havana from Miami. Cuban President Fidel Castro greeted them at the airport. Six Cuban crew members and 24 passengers had been held by U.S. authorities since Wednesday's hijacking. Some Cubans decided to stay, U.S Customs spokeswoman Barbara Gonzalez said. Six men suspected of hijacking the plane are jailed on federal air-piracy charges.
January 14, 1995
Mike Clary's "Finding Art in the Despair of Cuban Refugees" (Dec. 30) showed that in 1994 anything, even jerry-built rafts, could be "art." Clary, however, lets his Cold War rhetoric cloud the article, e.g., ". . . under a communist regime that prohibits 'ordinary citizens' from leaving the island for any reason, fleeing the island by boat has been an option of last resort that thousands have chosen." In truth, "ordinary" Cubans, albeit only one family member at a time, are allowed to visit their relatives in the United States.