Earlier this year, the United States loosened travel regulations for Americans visiting Cuba. The new rules make it possible for virtually anyone who wishes to visit the island to do so, and for excursion operators this is big news. The island, located just 90 nautical miles from the states used to be the number one international destination in the late 1950s. And according to Bruce Nierenberg, Chairman and CEO of United Caribbean Lines (UCL)— the new rules are transforming the way their company will offer travel to Cuba.
For more than half a century, Americans have been barred from traveling to Cuba, Caribbean’s largest island. But now that America’s policy with the communist-run island has changed, UCL is making some changes themselves.
The company is creating a passenger ferry service between the countries. As Nierenberg said, “you can go to the airport and stand in line for several hours and get abused or you can drive your car onto our ferry service and we will hand you a Mojito.”