Editorial

Cruise Ships and Cuba: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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(Forget the Good) On the morning of May 2, 2016 I was relaxing in the lush garden of Havana’s elegant Hotel Nacional, enjoying a cafecito while peering over the typically uncrowded Malecón. Just beyond, the azure waters of the Gulf lapped lazily against the seawall. An elderly Cuban man pushed a garbage can on wheels as he dutifully swept the sidewalk clean. The peace of the moment was markedly different from my previous morning’s experience, when I had joined nearly one million members of Cuban Workers Unions in a joyously noisy parade through the city’s Plaza de la Revolución for the annual Premier de Mayo celebration– the workers’ nationwide show of solidarity and patriotism. Now all the workers had returned to work and I cherished…

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