Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has been granted a people to people license from OFAC to take participants on a 9 day cruise/culture trip to, around and through Cuba.

Participants will fly to Jamaica and then board the The MV Sea Spirit on the evening of April 5.

The ship will take the US approved people to people participants to Santiago de Cuba, arriving on April 6.

The MV Sea Spirit will then sail west to Santa Cruz del Sur on the south side of Camaguey on April 7 then on to the port at Casilda on April 8.

Overnight on the ship again and disembark at the port at Cienfuegos followed by port stops at Pinar del Rio and Maria la Gorda in the following days.

The port of Havana is the last stop for the MV Sea Spirit and the participants will spend a couple days in Havana before flying to Miami.

One has to assume that the MV Sea Spirit does not have an itinerary that includes any ports in the United States for 60 days since it would be a violation of US federal law.

People to People Cuba Cruise Overview

The official, member’s flyer describing the Cuba cruise tour says “Experience Cuba from a unique perspective as we explore this beautiful island by ship! (pending final approval from the Cuban government). This spring, sail aboard the exclusively chartered yacht Sea Spirit on a historic people-to-people cruise program. Call at various ports and meet with Cubans from all walks of life—from students, to farmers, to celebrated artists.

Board the ship in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and sail to Santiago, Cuba’s second largest city, to visit the oldest house on the island—now an art museum. At a nearby village, join religious
pilgrims in a ceremony honoring the country’s patron saint. Connect with local artists in Trinidad, Cienfuegos, and Isla de la Juventud. Learn about ecology from marine conservationists
in Maria La Gorda, located at the westernmost end of the island on a peninsula that is a biosphere reserve, and visit a tobacco farm in Piñar del Río.

Lastly, spend three days docked in the heart of Old Havana, where encounters with architects, students, curators, diplomats, historians, and others will give us a rich perspective
on contemporary life in Cuba. Specially arranged music and dance performances will enhance our visit, as will lectures on Cuban art.

Current Restrictions on Travel and American Travelers to Cuba

There are substantial restrictions on travel to Cuba from the United States and for all Americans citizens and American residents. These restrictions apply regardless of where you are traveling from on your way to Cuba or where you travel to following a visit to Cuba. The restrictions include persons who are citizens of other countries as well. Only those who are authorized by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, known as “OFAC,” may legally travel from the United States to Cuba.

Participants on this Cuba trip will be traveling under a Specific License from OFAC. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been granted a Specific License for educational exchanges not involving academic study pursuant to a degree program to promote people-to-people contact. Its members travel under this license and must have a copy of the license in their possession at all times while traveling to and from Cuba.

Other Cuba Trips from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This Cuba cruise is being offered immediately again following the above dates, running from April 15 to 25.

You can go on a Havana, Matanzas and Varadero Cuba trip or a Havana, Trinidad and Cienfuegos Cuba trip.

For additional information, contact Academic Arrangements Abroad (an OFAC licensed Travel Service Provider) at 212-514-8921 or 800-221-1944 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).