Experience Cuba with Fathom – Travel Like an Architect™

http://book-a-cruise.info/cruise-to-cuba For mindful travelers, Fathom offers a truly historic opportunity: a chance to help build new bridges to a rich and vibrant culture that, until now, hasn’t been open to U.S. travelers by sea for more than 50 years.

Fathom is proud to be among the first cruise ship companies to be granted U.S. approval for round-trip travel between the U.S. and multiple destinations in Cuba, including Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. Our intention is to create the kind of true cultural immersion experience that will give you and your fellow travelers the rare chance to learn more about the lives and aspirations of the Cuban people.

Fathom cruise itineraries to Cuba are authorized under current people-to-people guidelines as set forth by the U.S. government, which allow travel to Cuba for the purpose of engaging in activities that support the Cuban people. As a Fathom traveler, you’ll have the opportunity to interact, one on one, with the artists, musicians, small-business owners, students, health workers and others who make up the fabric of Cuban society. And you’ll quickly realize that what you could learn from them is every bit as important as what they could learn from you.

Your own itinerary might include a walking tour of Havana’s Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A visit to an organic farm. A meal at a home-based restaurant. An English workshop with students at a local primary school. A brainstorming and idea-sharing session with local microentrepreneurs. A chance to interact with local artists and musicians in their own environment, as you deepen your understanding of the arts as a vital bridge between people and cultures.

The Cuban Experience Workshop (Full Documentary)

We came across this really wonderful group of songs and videos by one of our Se Fija! readers. It appeared first about five years ago, and hasn’t received nearly the attention it deserved.

In a short documentary you can find on their own YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/HereComesElSon#grid/user/4B5A588F75937CAE), Creative Producer Alfredo Alvarez Calderon talks about how the idea came out of a Havana jam session with a number of local musicians including “Pucho” Lopez. “Cuban musicians and Cuban music have always been divorced from American rock and roll,” Pucho says in the documentary about the making of the CD. “Overall, the Cuban musician is a classical musician, a jazz musician, or a “sonero,” but never a rocker, and the rockers are segregated.” Together, these artists decided to change all that, producing a terrific collection of Beatles covers right there in Havana, including “Hello/Goodbye,” “And I Love Her,” “Nowhere Man,” and this remarkable, cheerful, fresh new version of “Hey Jude.” The video was shot, directed, and edited by Derek Pretto; Rogelio Pretto was the executive producer, and the whole album or individual cuts are available on amazon, comes from Panama Music & Screenworks of Coral Gables, Florida.

Want to know more? Us, too. Unfortunately, the link to HereComesElSon.com seems to be permanently broken, but the YouTube channel’s still there. And you won’t find any better music than this for a warm Summer night anywhere in the world.

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Travel agents and airlines, mostly based in Miami, are static with the announcements made by the Obama Administration allowing more Americans to travel to Cuba without a specific license from the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, a process that previously took months and a lot of paperwork. They expect to send many more US citizens to visit Cuba in the next few months.

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