Entries by Havana Live

Celestyal Cruises Takes US Travelers to Cuba

HAVANA, Feb. 10th As domestic cruise lines still await final Cuban governmental approval to sail there, Cyprus-based Celestyal Cruises returns to Cuba for its third year, now carrying U.S. travelers on its new People-to-People Cruise & Land itinerary. Like MSC Cruises, Celestyal Cruises can operate in Cuba as an international company, and now it’s expanding […]

Aussie oil company showing interest in Cuba

HAVANA, Feb. 9 (UPI)  The lower cost of operating in the Cuban oil sector and improving Western diplomatic ties means good things for early movers, an Australian company said. Independent oil company MEO Australia said a number of the wells drilled near the coast of Cuba in so-called Block 9 have recovered oil. Information gleaned […]

Cuba’s honey exports create buzz as bees die off elsewhere

HAVANA, Feb 9th  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) L ong known for its cigars and rum, Cuba has added organic honey to its list of key agricultural exports, creating a buzz among farmers as pesticide use has been linked to declining bee populations elsewhere. Organic honey has become Cuba’s fourth most valuable agricultural export behind fish products, […]

Conch Republic Cup Key West to Havana race week

HAVANA, Feb. 9th Sometime Thursday afternoon, Steve Attard expects his sailboat Viva Las Vegas will enter the territorial waters of the Republic of Cuba, completing the inaugural Miami to Havana Race. Attard and his crew likely never expected their busy racing schedule to include a foray to this, the largest island in the Caribbean, and […]

Top Cuban player Yulieski Gourriel left team in DR

HAVANA, Feb. 8th (AP)  Star Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early Monday in an apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Baseball. The departure of Yulieski and his brother Loudes was confirmed with remarkable swiftness byGranma, the Communist Party newspaper in Cuba […]

Russian Patriarch Kirill Will Meet with Raul and Fidel Castro

HAVANA, Feb. 8th  On February 11-22 the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill will visit Latin America, Christian Telegraph reports according to the Christian Megaportal invictory.com. The first item on the program will be a visit to Cuba, where the Patriarch will meet with Raul and Fidel Castro, the head of the Department for […]

InterCaribbean Airways announces new service to Havana

HAVANA, Feb. 8th InterCaribbean Airways announced the launch of a new nonstop service to Havana’s Jose Martí International Airport (HAV), from Providenciales (PLS), Turks & Caicos Islands, commencing on May 3, 2016. With this new nonstop service to Havana from Providenciales, as well as connections from numerous cities in the Caribbean, interCaribbean makes the journey to […]

What happened when an New Orleans jazz band traveled to Havana

HAVANA, Feb. 8th  Recently, New Orleans’ seven-member Preservation Hall Jazz Band, took its mission of preserving Louisiana jazz traditions, to Cuba. “It was my dream to get to Cuba before I leave this universe,” says 83-year-old saxophonist Charlie Gabriel. Gabriel, who started playing jazz when he was 11, first had the chance to go to Cuba […]

Cuban colonel meets in Miami with U.S. officials

HAVANA,Feb. 5th A colonel in Cuba’s Ministry of the Interior led a Havana delegation that met with U.S. officials in Miami this week on ways to battle human trafficking and migration fraud during a session at office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Cuba’s Foreign Ministry reported in a statement that the island delegation […]

German e-bikes conquering the Cuban market

HAVANA, Feb. 5th On a recent morning, Martin Staub was stopped by two policemen in the Cuban capital Havana. The German businessman was asked to pay a fine for riding a bike in the wrong direction on a one-way street. But when the police found out that Staub was riding an electric bike, they proposed […]

Over 300 athletes from 25 countries confirmed for Havana Triathlon

HAVANA, Feb.5  Around 350 athletes from 25 countries are confirmed for the 2nd Havana Triathlon, scheduled for February 13-14, the official daily Granma highlighted on Thursday. Alejandro Puerto, Cuba’s national commissioner for triathlon, said be Mexico, U.S., Britain, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland and Venezuela will send athletes. Cuba’s hopes to see one of its own […]

Pope to hold historic meeting in Cuba with Russian Orthodox Church head

HAVANA, Feb. 5th (REUTERS) Pope Francis will stop in Cuba on his way to Mexico next week to hold a historic meeting with Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Vatican said on Friday. The unprecedented meeting next Friday, the first in history between a pope and a Russian Orthodox Patriarch, could be a hugely […]

Matanzas Arranges Final Details for International Book Fair

HAVANA, Feb 4 (PL) The director of the Provincial Center of Books and Literature (CPL in Spanish) of Matanzas, Daniel Cruz, said that the city arranges the final details to receive the International Book Fair. Daniel Cruz said to Prensa Latina that the 25th edition of the International Book Fair will be held at the […]

Ancient Music Festival Gathers Foreign Artists in Havana

11th Esteban Salas Ancient Music Festival,HAVANA, Feb 4 (PL) Artists from Latin America, Europe and the United States will converge here during the 11th Esteban Salas Ancient Music Festival, to be held from February 12 to 21, stated today Teresa Paz, director of Ars Longa, host group of the event. According to Paz, oboist Alfredo […]

The Castillo del Morro Regatta of the Havana Coast

HAVANA, Feb 3 (PL) The Castillo del Morro (Morro Castle) Regatta started Wednesday at the shore of the Cuban coast of Havana, from the estuary of the Almendares River, up to the Bay of Havana, with the participation of several ships from the United States. Jose Miguel Diaz, Commodore of the International Ernest Hemingway Club […]

Havana Circus Tent Becomes a Multidisciplinary Cultural Center

HAVANA, Feb 3 (PL) Havanas Trompoloco tent, one of the main circus headquarters in Cuba will become a cultural center from next Friday to converge the most diverse artistic expressions. According to the announcement made today by the popular Cuban actress Blanca Rosa Blanco, appointed director general and host of the emerging artistic project, the […]

Cuba open for business, ministers tell French executives

HAVANA, Feb. 3th (REUTERS) Cuba sought to drum up foreign investment on Tuesday as ministers on a state visit to Paris promised French business leaders that the Communist-run country is open for business. Cuba saw growth reach 4 percent last year as the centrally-planned economy gradually opens up and the country re-builds ties with the […]

Port Miami preparing for daily ferry service to Cuba

HAVANA, Feb. 2th Interest in Cuba-bound ferries has been high enough at PortMiami that officials are looking for ways to create temporary terminals to accommodate operators wanting to launch overnight runs to Havana every day. Planning for a new passenger-and-cargo route to Cuba is detailed in hundreds of emails and internal documents obtained by the […]

Musicabana Festival Offers Travel Packages, Including Cuban Visas, to Americans

HAVANA, Feb. 2th. Musicabana, a festival planned for May 5-8 that will bring together over 25 Cuban and international artists, is now offering travel packages to Havana for U.S. citizens. The travel packages, the first to be offered online through a U.S.-based Cuba concert promoter, meet United States government regulations that allow Americans to visit […]

How One Tweet Might Change Cuban Cuisine

When one world-renowned chef challenges another to collaborate on a new restaurant in Cuba, Enrique Olvera and Andoni Aduriz take to Havana without a plan. But with the help of a third top chef, Massimo Bottura, they come to realize their dream in a changing city. HAVANA, Feb. 2th. ON NOVEMBER 8, 2014, Mexican chef […]

Bacardi fires latest salvo in Havana Club rum battle with Cuba

HAVANA, Feb.1th Bacardi filed suit Monday against the United States demanding an explanation of its decision to let Cuba sell Havana Club rum in America once the US trade embargo against the communist island is lifted. That green light, granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office, is illegal, Bacardi said in the latest salvo […]

France welcomes Cuba’s Castro in historic visit

HAVANA, Feb.1th  Cuba’s Communist President Raul Castro starts his official trip to Paris on Monday, his first-ever state visit to Europe, seen as a key step in rebuilding his island nation’s ties with the West. The Cuban leader is due to receive a grand welcome by President Francois Hollande under the Arc de Triomphe, decked […]

Cuba launching broadband Internet pilot project in Havana

HAVANA, Feb. 1th (AAP) Cuba is set to launch a broadband pilot project in Havana aimed at eventually bringing home access to one of the world’s least connected nations. State telecommunications company ETECSA said on Sunday it would allow Cubans in Old Havana, the colonial centre that is one of the island’s main tourist attractions, […]

Cuba Welcomes Military Cooperation with US in the Caribbean

HAVANA, Jan. 31th A Cuban military delegation participated in a historic three-day long security conference sponsored by the United States military’s Southern Command, according to reports by the Associated Press news agency. During the meeting, the first in over 50 years between Cuban and U.S. military officials, Havana welcomed plans for cooperation with Washington in […]

Contemporary Dance of Cuba presents “Cenit” in Havana

HAVANA, Jan 30 (Prensa Latina) The Contemporary Dance of Cuba company is performing over the weekend at the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater of Havana the piece “Cenit” by local choreographer Laura Domingo. “The work deals with the issue of isolation in three aspects: body isolation, emotional isolation and physical-spacial isolation,” Domingo told Prensa Latina. According […]

Raul Castro to France for historic state visit

HAVANA, Jan. 30th  — Raul Castro is coming to France for the first-ever state visit of a Cuban president to the land of wine and gastronomy, a trip that could boost French investments and promote stronger economic, cultural and tourist ties between Paris and Havana. Castro is to arrive Saturday for the private part of […]

After unusual weather, Cuba struggles to save prized tobacco crop

HAVANA, Jan. 30th. (REUTERS) Highly unusual weather has damaged Cuba’s tobacco crop, raising concerns among farmers and cigar-lovers that the island’s supply of its famous cigars might suffer at a time of increased demand resulting from detente with the United States. The weather phenomena El Niño led to Cuba’s worst drought in a century in […]

France to offer Cuba more debt relief during Castro visit

HAVANA, Jan. 29th (Reuters)  France is to sign a deal with Cuba next week to ease the Caribbean island nation’s bilateral debt to Paris during a visit by the Cuban president to the French capital, a diplomatic source said on Friday. Raul Castro is due to arrive on Saturday in Paris for a five day […]