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ROAD SCHOLAR ANNOUNCES A GROUNDBREAKING EDUCATIONAL VOYAGE THAT DEPARTS FROM MIAMI DIRECTLY TO CUBA

BOSTON, July 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Americans can now journey directly to Cuba from the United States. Road Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in lifelong learning, is unveiling an extraordinary voyage that allows Americans to sail a round-trip route from Miami to Cuba for the first time in more than five decades. This new 10-day adventure aboard a 200-passenger ship circumnavigates the entire island of Cuba to discover historic cities, national parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Havana, Maria la Gorda, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santiago, Alejandro de Humboldt National Park/Baracoa and Holguin with local experts.

Road Scholar was one of the first organizations in the U.S. to offer People-to-People programs to Cuba. Beginning in 2010, it has offered cultural programs for adults 50+, families, grandparents and their grandchildren and private groups. In all, more than 7,000 individual Americans have explored Cuba with Road Scholar, with thousands more enrolled in educational adventures for 2016.

"Because of the much-improved diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, Cuba has experienced significant changes in the past few months," said President and CEO James Moses. "However, Americans who wish to visit Cuba still need to go on a licensed People-to-People program. Road Scholar is one of the only organizations that has the expertise and relationships with Cuban educators, private businesses and local experts that guarantees an extraordinary experience."

This new Adventures Afloat program, A Historic Voyage: Miami to Cuba by Sea, joins a growing list of Road Scholar educational adventures in Cuba that engage directly with Cuban people and explores arts, culture and free enterprise. It is operated in conjunction with Haimark Line, Ltd and United Caribbean Lines. The itinerary is subject to change and subject to final approval by the Office of Foreign Assets Commission (OFAC). The MS Saint Laurent is a 200-passenger ship that is ideal for exploring ports and islands that a larger vessel couldn't access.

To enroll in A Historic Voyage: Miami to Cuba by Sea, please visit our website at: www.roadscholar.org/22368.

About Road Scholar

Not-for-profit Road Scholar's mission is to inspire adults to learn, discover and travel. Our learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for whom learning is the journey of a lifetime. Since inception, more than 5 million people have enrolled in our 5,500 iconic educational adventures offered annually in 50 states and 150 countries around the world.

Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel, the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975. To learn more, please visit our website at www.roadscholar.org/press.

About Haimark Line

Sailing with no more than 210 guests and an expert crew of 90, Haimark Line's maiden vessel, the MS Saint Laurent, will spend the summer of 2015 cruising America's Five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and the Atlantic Coast. In the fall, the MS Saint Laurent will reposition to the warm waters of Central and South America, and the Caribbean. www.haimarkline.com.

CONTACT: Stacie Fasola (617) 457-5418 Despina Gakopoulos (617) 457-5502 newsmedia@roadscholar.orgSource: Road Scholar