Bahamas Paradise cruise to welcome Cubans aboard

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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line will offer a unique four-day cruise to Cuba in February that will let Cubans in Havana board the ship and sail on a mini-cruise with friends and family from the U.S.

The cruise, which is being organized in partnership with Coral Gables, Fla.-based Viva Travel, will offer "locally-inspired cuisine and entertainment," as well as access to exclusive ocean concerts by Latin bands Los Cuatro, Laritza Bacallao, and La Pantoja.

Offered on the line's Grand Classica ship, the cruise will depart Palm Beach on Feb. 14 and arrive in Havana at 7 a.m. on Feb. 15. During a 10-hour port stay, friends and family of guests on the cruise who live in Cuba will be able to board.

The ship will sail at 5 p.m. and stay at sea on Feb. 16 for an open-ocean concert, returning to port at 7 a.m. on Feb. 17 for another day in Havana. It is scheduled to depart Havana at 3 p.m. and return to Palm Beach at 8 a.m. on Feb. 18.

The cruise starts at $699 per person. Guests boarding in Cuba will be charged $599 per person, Bahamas Paradise said.

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