New ICCAS director to lead luxury yacht apartheid tour of Castro Kingdom

Magical Mystery Tour luxury yacht

Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour
Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour
Roll up (And that’s an invitation), roll up for the mystery tour
Roll up (To make a reservation), roll up for the mystery tour
The magical mystery tour is waiting to take you away
Waiting to take you away

Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour
Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour
Roll up (We’ve got everything you need), roll up for the mystery tour
Roll up (Satisfaction guaranteed), roll up for the mystery tour
The magical mystery tour is hoping to take you away
Hoping to take you away


Yes, just like the LSD-fueled 1967 Beatles, Dr. Andy Gomez, director of the Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies at the University of Miami, is issuing an invitation to make a reservation for a magical mystery tour to the fabled Castro Kingdom.

Yes, it’s magical, and full of mystery.

It’s like a time machine, Mildred, a time machine to a land permanently stuck in 1959.

And it’s a People to People tour, which means that Americans won’t be breaking any laws… and that everything, yes EVERYTHING will be carefully planned by the benevolent and magical Castro regime.

Imagine yourself having meaningful exchanges with the noble savages who live there, trapped in the past!

Imagine yourself visiting sites chosen specifically for YOU by the Castro regime, and imagine listening to all of the wonderful, magical information they will be sharing with YOU about their glorious Revolution!

And, yes, YOU will get to do this from a luxurious state-of-the-art mega yacht, with all meals included.  A luxurious mega yacht, notice, not some run-of-the-mill yacht.

YOU will not have to stand in line like the noble savages of Cuba, YOU will not have a ration card, YOU will get choice items to eat, not the same disgusting food eaten by the natives.


YOU will have the privilege of watching the natives in their magical habitat without having to live like them!

And, although YOU will have mandatory Cuban medical insurance –the proceeds of which help King Raul maintain his magical kingdom just as it is — YOU will be guaranteed much better medical care than the noble savages of Cuba.

Best of all, your tour will be led by a bona-fide, blue-ribbon Cuba expert, who, like YOU, will not have to live like the noble savages, even though he is himself a Cuban, and an “exile”, to boot.

Aaaah… the magical mystery tour…
Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour
Roll up (And that’s an invitation), roll up for the mystery tour
Roll up (To make a reservation), roll up for the mystery tour
The magical mystery tour is coming to take you away
Coming to take you away
The magical mystery tour is dying to take you away
Dying to take you away, take you today….

Magical free education

From Travel Leaders:

Join Dr. Andy S. Gomez aboard the Variety Voyager, sailing from Havana on December 8th , 2017 for an unforgettable and educational voyage! 

On this magical journey by land and sea, you will experience the beauty and culture of Cuba accompanied by Dr. Andy S. Gomez, considered one of the leading scholars on Cuba. He worked in higher education for thirty two years before retiring from the University of Miami in 2012. While at UM, Dr. Gomez was the co-founder of the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies and served as the Senior Fellow at the institute. During his tenure at the University of Miami, Dr. Gomez taught several courses and seminars on Cuba including Cuba After Castro and the Cuban Revolution. Dr. Gomez lectures extensively on Cuba’s transition at many national and international conferences and seminars.  He is the author of Social challenges facing Cuba (2013).

Join us! Explore the culture, history, music, art and the people of Cuba with Dr. Gomez, while aboard the Voyager, a state of the art mega yacht.

This is a unique opportunity to visit Cuba with talks and conversations led by Dr. Gomez.

Itinerary Summary:  It has never been so easy to go back in time to a place rooted in culture and history. Cruise through Cuba during 8 days aboard the Voyager on a People to People program that allows you to step back in time to a country that until recently, had been closed to Americans for half a century. You’ll explore the western part of the island nation famous for its culture, music, warm people and art. Our ports of call are Havana, Maria La Gorda, Isla Juventud (Island of Youth), Trinidad and Cienfuegos. All People to People experiences, informative talks led by Dr. Andy Gomez, sightseeing and meals are included.


    • Special topic sessions with Dr. Andy S. Gomez throughout the cruise.
    • Welcome cocktail reception with Dr. Andy S. Gomez
    • People-to-People interaction and meaningful exchangeswith locals
    • Meals on board and at local restaurants
    • Old Havana and the renovation of its historic architecture
    • Guanahacabibes National Park and its 140 archaeological sites
    • Trinidad, the meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city
    • Cienfuegos, the Pearl of the South, with it’s cluster of Neoclassical structures
    • No packing & unpacking.
    • Includes all meals from arrival in Cuba to breakfast on day of departure, mandatory Cuban medical insurance and transportation as per itinerary.Note:This itinerary may be subject to change as a result of weather and other factors not in our control. Our vessels have been granted the longest stays of any cruise boats in the port of Havana. Since space at the dock itself is severely limited, this itinerary might involve a combination of having to tender in to shore, as well as docking at one of only two piers.
    • Special group fares:          All rates are per person, based on double occupancy.  Single are rates available on request.Click here for ship specifications.Category C cabins…..$ 4,299.00Category B cabins….$4,899.00 Category A Cabins….$ 5,339.00  Category P Cabins…..$ 6,329.00                                                      
    • Adeposit of $1,650.00 per person is required to reserve by June 29th, 2017. Final payment is due October 6, 2017
Hurry up and get here before our magical kingdom is ruined by other tourists!

7 thoughts on “New ICCAS director to lead luxury yacht apartheid tour of Castro Kingdom”

  1. I assume this is a personal paying gig for Gómez working for a commercial travel operator, meaning this is not officially connected to UM. Not that it matters, really, since the implications are the same. Presumably this was all set up before the Suchlicki caca hit the fan, but it certainly gives an idea as to where Gómez is coming from, not to mention going to. Well, UM would hardly have resorted to him as interim director if he were, uh, intransigent, now would it?

    Well, I suppose it could be worse. UM could have tapped that ghastly Marifea woman, for instance. Still, I wouldn’t be exactly shocked out of my mind if the permanent director winds up being someone like William PeoGrande, meaning a thoroughly official “expert” who sticks to the “progressive” narrative.

    Lord, the disgust.

  2. The link to the Travel Leaders page for this trip lists a travel agent named Elsa Duarte as the contact person (bottom of the page). Here’s another link to Ms. Duarte’s services (and yes, she’s Cuban):

    So let’s all do Cuba, shall we? I mean, everywhere one turns there’s some Cuban collaborating, I mean playing along, I mean participating in the magic. And in case any of you troglodytes still have some moral qualms or scruples, papal dispensation is absolutely guaranteed.

    Lord have mercy.

  3. So I see from your photo, Carlos, that Cuban children are now openly displaying the mark of the Beast. Of course, it was bound to happen, and Nosferatu’s minions might as well be honest about what everybody knows, anyway. But remember, it’s not indoctrination or anything. Just “free education.”

    This is precisely why my mother nearly went crazy trying to get her kids out of Cuba before it was too late, and man was she right on the money. Thank God she succeeded.

  4. Another reason for getting on board and partaking of the magic is that the firm offering this Cuba tour is based in Doral, so if you live in South Florida, you’d be supporting the local economy! Of course, you’d also be supporting a very different economy, but never mind.

  5. Note how they give the kids food they wouldn’t normally get in association with some Fidel-related event. Can you say Pavlovian conditioning? Sure you can. And love the “pioneer” paraphernalia–a Cuban version of Hitler Youth trappings. Gracias, Fidel.

  6. Here’s a link to another travel agent (also surnamed Duarte) also working at/for Travel Leaders of Doral, who states his specialty is Cuba travel:

    In a recent interview with Diario Las Américas, Andy Goméz made a point of stating he had never visited Cuba as a tourist, which sounds admirable enough, but how does that square with his working for a travel agency which appears to be very involved in promoting tourism to Cuba?

    Well, perhaps I’m being too logical or “Anglo” in my reasoning. Perhaps I should adopt a “magical realism” mentality so things don’t have to make sense, given that Cuba and Cubans are purportedly Latrine, I mean “Latin.” After all, the notion of Cuban exceptionalism must be at least as unfashionable as that of American exceptionalism–it’s just “those people” being insufferably uppity, as usual, but you know how they are.

  7. geesh…this doesn’t happen often but I agree with asombra. obviously this a side gig for Gomez but he certainly is compromised by this. There is no way a real independent academic in the social sciences would be permitted to do this by the Cuban Gov’t.

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