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Ferries are ready to sail between Florida and Havana

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Ferries are set to sail between Florida and Havana once again more than 50 years after services were halted at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Around half a dozen companies have expressed interest in reviving the once-popular route following the historic easing of travel restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba earlier this year.

Ferries to Cuba were immensely popular during the 1940s and 1950s but services ended on February 8, 1963, when President Kennedy imposed travel restrictions on Americans visiting Cuba.

One firm keen to exploit the new developments is Fort Lauderdale-based CubaKat which is planning to run a high speed passenger catamaran service beginning in December.

Boats would leave from a private marina in Marathon key, about 135 miles (217 km) from Havana, offering a high-speed $338 round-trip ferry service with a capacity for about 190 people, as well as some vehicles. The crossing would take around four- hours and cost $169 one way or $338 round trip.

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