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Ferry Service to Cuba Approved by US


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Four companies  stated they were told today of ferry service approvals by the U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments. US Treasury has confirmed they issued ferry licenses but would not say how many were approved. Cuba must also approve before ferry service can start.  One of the companies, Havana Ferry,  plans to charge passengers roughly $300 to $350 round-trip and allow 200 lbs of baggage per passenger.

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I'm thinking that maybe $300 doesn't compare too badly with round-trip airfare...especially if you really are carrying 200 pounds of baggage...


In the long run, I've always thought, Florida to the Caribbean seems like a natural for a high-speed catamaran service...

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

The Ferry from Liverpool. UK to Ireland takes 8 hours.

That will cost $300.

For a car and 2 passengers.


Only $60 (£40) for a foot passenger.

And that's return too. No baggage charges.



The high speed catamaran often gets stuck in port when the weather turns stormy.

The Catamaran  may be stuck in Havana for a few days with 200 passengers on board.



SEACAT arriving in Liverpool.




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Last edited by GarryRF

I see that there are actually some fares quite a bit cheaper on that
ferry, but I'm surprised it should be so busy when it's clearly more
than the cost of Ryanair+car rental for a few who is the
"audience" for that route? I actually wondered the same thing about
Havana...are there enough people who want to go but don't want to fly?

Last edited by PHeymont

The Ferry travels mostly with Trucks and trailers from the UK and Europe.

Fresh produce and manufactured goods.

Then its folks on vacation with their car and the occasional  caravan.

From the UK and Europe. 

Many prefer their own car when touring Ireland for a few weeks.

Full of kids survival kits. Wellington Boots and a beach bucket and spade !

Many travel with tents and trailer tents.

And you can continue on from Ireland to Scotland.

Travelling on the ferry can be a pleasant day.

On board entertainment. Dining and Cinema.

Or enjoy the roll of the sea !





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I hope so Paul.

I'm happy to take stuff that I don't use anymore.

I'm sure their families living in the US bring clothes and shoes.

Medicines too.

And of course cash.

Did you know the Cubans have to pay income tax on gifts from their family ?

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