New entrants expand Cuba's tour market

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New entrants have joined the surge of companies offering people-to-people programs in Cuba.
New entrants have joined the surge of companies offering people-to-people programs in Cuba.

CheapCaribbean.com will launch nine eight-day tours to Cuba early next year in conjunction with Cuba Travel Services.

Frequent departures from Feb. 14 though Oct. 30 start at $5,500 per person and include four days in Havana and three in Vearadero with activities that include meetings with artists, musicians, dancers and farmers.

Steve Dumaine, CEO of CheapCaribbean.com, said in June that the company was looking at Cuba. “Cuba is waiting to explode,” he said at the time.

“Rich in history, varied landscape and vibrant culture, Cuba is ripe for exploration," Dumaine said last week. "The country is on the cusp of an economical comeback, and we’re excited to offer U.S. travelers the opportunity to discover and explore this island in its 1950s freeze-frame.”

Another new entrant is Beekman 1802, founded by Josh- Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, winners of the CBS reality series “The Amazing Race,” which has partnered with Oregon-based Soltura Travel on a Cuba program. The travel runs Feb. 24 through March 6 and is priced from $3,395 per person, not including roundtrip air from Miami to Havana.

The program will visit a community health clinic, attend a film screening in Havana, take in a guided tour of the Bellas Artes Museum of Cuban Art and visit a tobacco farm outside Havana, among other activities.

Vacation Express, meanwhile, launched its Cuba website with details on two new options to see the island in 2016.

These include a five-night Havana program from $2,495 per person and a seven-night Havana and countryside itinerary, from $3,495 per person. Both rates include roundtrip charter air from Miami. 

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