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Anchor's away for US-Cuba ferry routes

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By Euronews
Anchor's away for US-Cuba ferry routes

<p>Florida ferry operators have Cuba in their sights, as the US has approved licenses to sail to Havana for the first time in 50 years.</p> <p>Although the move has yet to win approval from Cuba, it is a further sign of the normalising of relations between the two countries.</p> <p>It was certainly good news for those working at the Hemingway Marina in Havana. </p> <p>“This is going to ease the flow of visitors, at a lower cost and with a great chance of bringing the Cuban-Americans, their family members, products, and merchandise,” said Commodore Jose Miguel Escrich.</p> <p>The news also went down well in Florida. Havana Ferries Partners said on their Facebook page: “This is a Historical event. Thanks to President Barrack Obama, to whom we are very grateful, for his leadership.”</p> <p>Back in 1959 people ferried back and forth between the US and Cuba daily with tourists soaking up the atmosphere and expat Cubans returning to visit relatives. </p> <p>It’s not quite anchor’s away just yet as a few bureaucratic hurdles remain, but it’s clear Obama’s administration hope to do confine the isolationist approach that had defined US-Cuba relations to the past.</p>