Green light given to U.S. luxury yachts to sail to Cuba

Posted: 07-Jul-15 13:01

U.S. private luxury yacht company, Paul Madden Associates, has recently been granted authorisation by the U.S. Treasury Department to offer their yacht rental service for sailing journeys to Cuba. The granting of this license adds to the number of at least 6 permits already granted by the U.S. Treasury Department to maritime companies operating ferry and cargo transport to Cuba.

Green light given to U.S. luxury yachts to sail to Cuba

A private company based on the south of Florida and specialising in the rental of luxury yachts has just received permission from the U.S. Treasury Department to offer their exclusive yachts for sailing journeys to Cuba, as was announced recently by the company’s representatives.

Owner of the company, 65-year-old Paul Madden announced on Friday that his exclusive yacht firm, Paul Madden Associates, based on West Palm Beach, was granted the permit license by American authorities a day earlier, allowing them to kick-start their business in Cuba.

Madden spoke to local Miami newspaper, The New Herald explaining:

"This is a good time to offer this kind of service. The idea emerged weeks after the announcement (last December) of the start of negotiations to re-establish relations between Cuba and the U.S."

Madden also went on to say how private yachts avoid travellers the uncertainty of booking hotels and restaurants in Cuba, as it is known the island often can’t keep up with the ever increasing number of visitors and hotels often operate at full capacity. He also added:

"This is an exclusive service that allows you to host onboard meetings and receive people for gatherings, all in the yacht. The audience we target is businessmen mostly, but we also have experience in operating journeys for humanitarian missions."

But even when they’ve been given the go-ahead from the U.S. side, the company, along with at least six other ferry and cargo companies that have recently been granted permission from the U.S. Treasury Department to operate in Cuba, are still awaiting the permits from Havana before they can start their sailing journeys to the island. Madden has been in talks with local officials at Havana’s Marina Hemmingway to process the required permits to use the marina as a docking port for his yachts.

Mr Madden says his company offers a five-star service across his luxury fleet of nearly 50 vessels. The rental of one of Madden’s yachts for a week has an initial cost of $20,000 without including fuel and meal costs. Daily rates starts at $4,000 USD and accommodation is available for up to 36 guests. Aboard one of these luxury yachts, guests can expect to get to Cuba in as little as 3 hours when sailing from Key West or the Bahamas.

A new website has been set up by Paul Madden http://www.cuba-yacht.com/ enabling clients to view the different ships available for rental before booking one.

Paul Madden’s yacht rental services to Cuba promise:

  • 5-star luxury cabins
  • Reliable and safe passage
  • Ability to travel around all of Cuba in comfort and safety
  • High-level entertainment platform
  • Private work and meeting environment
  • Increased security
  • Secure high- speed satellite communications

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