'Floating university' docks in Cuba for first time in nine years

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A cruise ship sailed into Havana harbor Monday morning with 568 American college students on board, officially ending a nine-year hiatus from Cuba's shores.

After being prohibited from including Cuba as a stop on its "Semester at Sea" program by the U.S. government due to increased restrictions in educational travel to the island nation, the University of Virginia, the program's current sponsor, was issued a U.S. Treasury license this year.

Students from more than 200 U.S. schools are taking part in this year's program.

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