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What's the result of new Cuba restrictions? Lots of confusion

Question: I recently booked a cruise for my wife and me that includes two ports of call in Cuba. Are we allowed to go to Cuba on this cruise, given the new regulations?

Patrick King


Answer: The short answer is yes, even though coverage of the recent changes might lead you to believe the answer is no.

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How Honolulu's hotels get decked out for the holidays

As Christmas approaches, not all of the sand in Waikiki will be along the beach. Honolulu hotels show their holiday spirit with sand sculptures, the aroma of gingerbread and sightings of Santa.

For the 12th straight year, the Sheraton Waikiki is treating guests to seasonal sand sculptures with the theme“The 12 Days of Sheraton Waikiki Christmas.”

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Queen Mary 2 hosts film premiere of 'Greatest Showman'

A host of stars appeared last week for the world premiere of "The Greatest Showman," a film about circus impresario P.T. Barnum. The red carpet was aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, in New York Harbor.

The seaboard premiere was a first, according to Cunard. Barnum, who lived from 1810 to 1891, was a frequent Cunard traveler.

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Why booking a cruise far in advance may be the only way to get exactly what you want

Mike and Katrina Tschida love to travel, rambling across the globe to play polo in Buenos Aires, go on nature walks in the Galápagos Islands and ride the Orient Express from Paris to Istanbul.

Earlier this year, the Long Beach couple cruised to Antarctica, where they camped out and kayaked in the land of penguins and icebergs.

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More ways to save money in Paris

Debbi Kickham's “The City of Light for Less" [Nov. 26] was extremely helpful. I'd like to add to her list of Paris deals. In my "Paris Made Easy" guide, I feature some of the best free museums and sights in Paris.

The Museé Cognacq-Jay (www.museecognacqjay.paris.fr/en) in the Marais is in an elegant mansion and houses a collection of 18th century art and furniture.

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Films & programs: Winter camping, exploring tidepools, vanishing cultures



Experts offer tips on gear, clothing, nutrition and more for winter campers.

When, where: 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at REI stores in Rancho Cucamonga, 12218 E. Foothill Blvd., and Northridge, 18605 Devonshire St.

Admission, info: Free. (909) 646-8360 for Rancho Cucamonga, (818) 831-5555 for Northridge.


Explore low tides at the Point Fermin tide pools with the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

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