Ana Garcia was crying and could hardly walk as she left the cruise ship that took her from Miamito Havana.
It had been more than 48 years since she stepped foot in the country where she was born.
“I’m just thinking of that day when we left (Cuba) and shaking like a leaf,”
Garcia is one of about 700 passengers on the first cruise in decades to travel from the United States to Cuba.
The Adonia, a ship on Carnival Corp’s Fathom cruise line, docked Monday in Havana.
The ship’s arrival marks the first stop on a historic, seven-day voyage that signals closer ties between the United States and its communist-run neighbor.
As the ship arrived, crowds on board started chanting, “Cuba! Cuba! Cuba!”
For Garcia, the city manager of North Miami Beach, Florida, pulling into the port was an emotional experience.
“I’m blessed to be here today,”
“and hoping for a better tomorrow for Cuba and my Cuban brothers and sisters.”