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bugambilias
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Re: Cruise ships to Cuba! [Re: o2bnsxm]
      #1655770 - 07/10/15 07:02 AM (24.152.197.181)

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Much like Cozumel, Merida, And Progresso, I doubt they would exist if not for the Cruise Ship industry.




Progreso (one s) only gets about 8 or 9 cruise ships a month. The 5 mile long pier was constructed for frieght, not passengers. Progreso, Chelem, Chicxulub, Telchak Puerto and other gulf towns also evolved as recreation destinations for residents escaping the brutal summer heat of the City of Merida and the surrounding urban area.

Merida is a city of almost a million people with industry, universities and cultural events. 9 cruise ships a month, docking 22 miles away would not make the tiniest dent in that economy. You might want to rethink your assessment in respect to Progreso and particularly to Merida.


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Re: Cruise ships to Cuba! [Re: bugambilias]
      #1655778 - 07/10/15 08:11 AM (65.13.175.190)

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bugambilias said:
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o2bnsxm said:
Much like Cozumel, Merida, And Progresso, I doubt they would exist if not for the Cruise Ship industry.




Progreso (one s) only gets about 8 or 9 cruise ships a month. The 5 mile long pier was constructed for frieght, not passengers. Progreso, Chelem, Chicxulub, Telchak Puerto and other gulf towns also evolved as recreation destinations for residents escaping the brutal summer heat of the City of Merida and the surrounding urban area.

Merida is a city of almost a million people with industry, universities and cultural events. 9 cruise ships a month, docking 22 miles away would not make the tiniest dent in that economy. You might want to rethink your assessment in respect to Progreso and particularly to Merida.



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Re: Cruise ships to Cuba! [Re: o2bnsxm]
      #1655828 - 07/10/15 11:42 AM (64.228.141.51)

Why would you even compare Cuba to Mexico......Cubans are 99% literate & the majority have University education....6 lane hiways.....one of the best eco systems in the world....as well as the best hustlers....I really think the USA tourists are in for one big surprise.....kate

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Re: Cruise ships to Cuba! [Re: KATEONTARIO77]
      #1655839 - 07/10/15 12:16 PM (65.13.175.190)

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Why would you even compare Cuba to Mexico......Cubans are 99% literate & the majority have University education....6 lane hiways.....one of the best eco systems in the world....as well as the best hustlers....I really think the USA tourists are in for one big surprise.....kate




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Re: Cruise ships to Cuba! [Re: KATEONTARIO77]
      #1655842 - 07/10/15 12:31 PM (71.101.47.197)

Kate--I know almost nothing about Cuba. I do wonder what you mean by "one of the best eco systems in the world". Do you mean not polluted? For some reason, I had always thought that Havana in particular was very polluted, with all the old cars, and lots of diesel cars. Not sure where I got that impression from. Hope I get to see it someday!

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Re: Cruise ships to Cuba! [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1655854 - 07/10/15 02:34 PM (64.228.141.51)

We spent a week in Havana, no pollution....lots of new BMW's...Mercedes & high end SUV's....as well as old cars mostly for the tourists rides....don't forget it is only USA that can't go to Cuba....the rest of the world goes....over 1 million Canadians alone go to Cuba & we only make up 30% of tourism.....lots of Brits...French...Spanish...
The beaches are beautiful most better than Anguilla and many more of them....
The history will knock your socks off....
I do hope tourism will open up for the USA....you are in for a surprise and sure you will be shocked, at what you find....and maybe you have not been told the whole truth...
The forests...lakes..& rivers as well the coral reefs are all protected & I think there are 6 UNESCO biospheres in Cuba.....
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Re: Cruise ships to Cuba! [Re: KATEONTARIO77]
      #1655856 - 07/10/15 02:57 PM (71.101.47.197)

OK, thanks for the info. Yes, I knew that only US citizens can't go to Cuba. I do wonder at the reports that there is so little tourist infrastructure though. It will most certainly change Cuba if US citizens can travel there freely, but I certainly look forward to that possibility!

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Re: Cruise ships to Cuba! [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1655862 - 07/10/15 03:31 PM (64.228.141.51)

Carol...the tourist infrastructure is great for the tourists they have now......when they open it up to the USA that would be adding a few more million....hence me tinks the cruise ships till it is all set up....most are European owned partner hotels....kate

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Re: Cruise ships to Cuba! [Re: KATEONTARIO77]
      #1655863 - 07/10/15 03:43 PM (71.101.47.197)

Agreed, the amount of beds available, eating places, etc. will need to be beefed up and cruise ships can provide those things till there is sufficient building happening.

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Re: Cruise ships to Cuba! [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1655902 - 07/10/15 09:14 PM (65.13.175.190)

Cruising helps expands one's abilities to Travel at a reasonable cost. Had it not been for Cruising, I never would have made it to Cozumel, Progressso, or Merida (except of course the travels gratuitously granted by the US Army).
I would look forward to a Cruise to Cuba, although the price would have to come down a bit.

Edited by o2bnsxm (07/10/15 09:14 PM)


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