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$42 Carnival Cruise from Miami to Havana…
SS Florida sailing away from Miami to Havana, Cuba... 1950s...

$42 Carnival Cruise from Miami to Havana…

  • In the 1950s, you could cruise from Miami to Havana, Cuba for $42.00 per person aboard the S.S. Florida.
Ticket envelope for the SS Florida... 1950s...

Ticket envelope for the SS Florida… 1950s…

  • This fare included all transportation, two nights aboard ship, a day in Havana and all meals.


Carnival Cruise to Cuba..

Carnival Cruise to Cuba..


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.
Passengers aboard the SS Florida on the Carnival Cruise to Havana... 1948

Passengers aboard the SS Florida on the Carnival Cruise to Havana… 1948



Fun in Havana…

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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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