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U.S. cruise ship makes historic arrival in Havana

Monday, May 02, 2016 - 01:01

Excited Cubans gather on shore to greet the arrival of the Adonia, the first U.S. cruise ship to dock in the country since 1959, as the two former Cold War enemies work to restore normal relations. Subtitled Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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SUBTITLED ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Story: The first cruise from the United States to Cuba since Cuba's 1959 revolution ported in Havana Bay on Monday (May 2) morning. The Carnival cruise ship, Adonia, set sail for the island from Miami a day earlier on Sunday (May 1). Residents of Havana came out to the coast to watch the large vessel as it came into port. The trip marks yet another step forward in the resumption of normal relations between Washington and Havana. Havana residents Darwin Valdes and Janet Almendares said they hoped the arrival of the cruise liner would strengthen ties between their country and the United States. "It is time for togetherness," Valdes said. "And it's time for everything to be OK. That's why we have both (the Cuban and American) flags." Carnival received U.S. approval last year to sail, and the green light from Havana came a day after U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to the island in March. After some controversy, Cuba also relaxed rules by lifting a ban on Cuban-born citizens entering and leaving the Caribbean island by commercial vessels, paving the way for citizens to board commercial cruises including the Carnival line. More importantly, the reversal in Cuba's policy would also allow Cubans to join the crew, opening up new careers to Cubans, and increase the flow of people between the two former Cold War enemies. The new rules follow measures four years ago to make it easier for Cubans to travel, perhaps the biggest political reform in the country prior to the detente announced by President Raul Castro and Obama in 2014.

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U.S. cruise ship makes historic arrival in Havana

Monday, May 02, 2016 - 01:01