- In the 1950s, you could cruise from Miami to Havana, Cuba for $42.00 per person aboard the S.S. Florida.
- This fare included all transportation, two nights aboard ship, a day in Havana and all meals.
Sailing to Cuba aboard the S.S. Florida.
- Up until now, due to the US embargo, no cruise ships visit Cuba from the States, and any ship that calls there cannot dock in the USA for six months afterwards.
- The Peninsular and Occidental Steamship Company was a pioneer in today’s billion-dollar Florida cruise business.
- Until Castro’s regime closed Cuba to cruise ships in 1960, the SS FLORIDA was sailing three times a week from Miami.
Fun in Havana…
Passengers on the Carnival Cruise…
- The SS FLORIDA had first sailed from Key West to Cuba until the 1934 devastating hurricane destroyed the terminal and rail connections to Miami.
- Built in New Port News, Virginia, in 1931, the SS FLORIDA accommodated 612 passengers in first class and 130 in second class.
- After World War 2 the overnight ship was turned into a one class liner.
SS Florida, waiting for pilot, on arrival in Havana… 1940s…
Aboard the S.S. Florida
- The S. S. Florida, P&O Steamship Company’s Flagship during the 1950’s.
- The ship was a favorite sailing between Havana and Miami.
- It also carried cars, so Cubans could bring their cars along when they came up to Miami to shop and visit.
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