Finally, we arrive in Havana!
Due to US government restrictions, Semester at Sea has not been able to call on Cuba since 2004. The timing of our visit coincides with the handshake between US President Obama and Cuban President Castro in South Africa and we feel we are a part of something special.
It's the first time Kelly and I have ever participated in an all-ship event in port: 17 buses with a police escort carry all faculty, staff, and students to the University of Havana en masse.
We walk up the 88-step escalinata (staircase) to the beautiful University of Havana campus.
We are warmly welcomed by the U of Havana faculty and students.NBC News, Latin American Herald Tribune, Daily Progress).