U.S. cruise ship, Adonia, docked on Monday at Havana harbor, becoming the first U.S. cruise ship to cross the Florida Straits in more than half a century.
About 700 passengers, including some Cuban-Americans, arrived on the ship, which belongs to American company Carnival, were warmly greeted by local residents waving flags from both nations.
The move represents another step forward after U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro, announced a historic rapprochement in December 2014.
“Everybody is so excited that we are here. We are so humbled and proud as a corporation to be the first to come from America. It is a tremendous experience,” said Carnival CEO Arnold Donald.