The first US cruise ship bound for Cuba in half a century has arrived in Havanna on Monday. This marks a new milestone in the rapprochement between the US and Cuba that began in 2014.
Hurricane Irma's path of destruction up Florida's Gulf Coast on Sunday threatens to disrupt a thriving state tourism industry worth more than $100 billion annually just months ahead of the busy winter travel season.
The US government has toughened the terms for Americans traveling to Cuba and doing business in the country. It makes good on a pledge made by President Donald Trump to roll back Obama's Cuban détente policy.
US airlines resumed direct flights to Havana on Monday, a sign of the changing times just as the Cuban capital held a tearful memorial for late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.
Within a few months more has changed here than in the past few decades. Cuba, the last "socialist paradise" is opening up to the west - and thereby risks losing its own very special flair.
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