In 2015, the ban forbidding travel to Cuba was lifted in America, albeit with heavy restrictions. To visit the country, U.S. citizens must fall into one of 12 categories, many of which involve educational, medical or missionary work.
Cruise ships were the first to jump on this easement, creating Caribbean itineraries with stops in Cuba for passengers. In order to meet the requirements, the port stop must include educational, cultural and humanitarian efforts.
What people discovered when entering Havana was a city seemingly lost in time. Cars from the 1940s and 1950s still drive past colorful Art Deco buildings that have survived from the city's 20th-century peak. Credit cards are not widely used, and travelers need a hefty wad of cash to pay for everything, including hotel rooms.
But don't book that cruise any time soon! Earlier this year, the U.S. government banned cruises to Cuba, affecting nearly 800,000 bookings for 2019.