Port of Havana, Cuba Passenger Lists

Havana may be safely visited at any time between the first of November and first of May.

In fact, one of the most delightful winter excursions a traveler can make, is a trip to Havana with a short run into the interior of the Island. The entire novelty of climate and vegetation, and the facility of access to the great commercial city of Havana, presents a constant temptation to the man of business to combine profit with health and pleasure.

Cruising to Havana

On board of any of the fine steamships plying between New York and Havana, the trip is generally made in 4 days or less, at the end of which time the traveler finds himself amid scenery where towers the palm tree, and beautiful tropical vegetation prevails.

The approach to the Island of Cuba, and the city of Havana is so pleasing a sight that it should not be lost by travelers.

On arriving from the north, the first land usually made is the Pan de Matanzas, a high mountain about 54 miles from Havana.

The two round hills in the interior range bearing south, is the land mark for seamen running into Havana. As the harbor is approached, the city opens to full view.

The aspect of Havana, says Baron Humboldt, at the entrance of the port, is One of the gayest and most picturesque on the shore of equinoctial America north of the Equator.

Landing in Havana

As soon as the steamer has anchored, it is surrounded by a crowd of boats; but no one is allowed to board a newly arrived ship until the government official visits and examination are completed. The traveler will do well to decide before this time what Hotel he will go to.

Agents of the hotels will, after pointing out to them the baggage, take charge of it, and see that this is put into a boat,and when the passengers and baggage are embarked in the boats, the flotilla proceeds to land at the Machina. Here the baggage is inspected.

Travelers will find the Spanish officers courteous in the performance of their duties. After this examination, the passengers and baggage are conveyed to the hotel. The agent of the hotel can attend to all this for strangers, and they will find it best to let him pay the boat and carriage hire. [1]

Digitized Passenger Lists for the Port of Havana

Front Cover of a Cruise Passenger List from the SS Aurania of the Cunard Line, Departing 31 March 1931 from Boston and New York to Bermuda, Nassau, Havana, New York, and Boston

1931-03-31 SS Aurania Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Cunard Line
  • Class of Passengers: Cruise
  • Date of Departure: 31 March 1931
  • Route: Boston and New York to Bermuda, Nassau, Havana, New York, and Boston
  • Commander: Captain G. R. Dolphin, R.D., R.N.R.

 

[1] L. de F. Costales, Guide Book and General Directory for Travellers in Cuba, Second Edition, 1884, pp. 10-11.

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