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Virgin’s Honeymoon Tours to Cuba

I wanted to highlight the difference between how the US and the UK treat Cuba:

For US travelers, it is a felony to visit Cuba (well, not exactly—it’s a felony to spend money there.  Travel is essentially banned because of that rule).

For UK travelers, Virgin Atlantic’s package tour group just announced honeymoon packages to Cuba, starting at $1400 or so.  Says a company rep:

"With one of the flights departing on Sundays it is also ideal for honeymooners who are looking to getaway for a romantic break the day after the wedding."

Isn’t it odd that the UK, possibly our closest ally, is sending its honeymooners to the same place where it is a felony for those of us in the US to travel?  Isn’t that a bit nuts?

In unrelated Virgin-related news, 49% Virgin-owned Virgin Nigeria will likely be barred from flying to the US because of an aviation fight the US is having with the UK.  That may or may not make more sense if you read the linked article.

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  1. It’s not nuts, because you have to have a good reason for laws like that, with the US doesn’t. It is just another bit of freedom lost for Americans.