Mob Museum organizes Havana sojourn
Mob aficionados recently ponied up $1,535 apiece to join the Mob Museum-sponsored “Explore Havana” excursion to Cuba, Oct. 18-21 (for which enrollment is now closed).
“The Mob loved Havana,” said a statement issued by the museum. “In the 1950s, American crime bosses such as Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano and Santo Trafficante Jr. invested millions to make it the Las Vegas of the Caribbean. For a short time, Havana indeed rivaled Las Vegas as a tourist destination. Fidel Castro extinguished the Mob’s dreams in 1959 when he seized control, shut down the casinos and sent the mobsters packing. However, today’s visitors can still see vestiges of the city’s midcentury glory, including some of the hotels and nightclubs that flourished during the Mob’s Havana heyday.”
Billed as “a one-of-a-kind experience that is memorable, educational and fun,” the tour will be led by crime expert Scott Deitche. Author of “Cigar City Mafia: A Complete History of the Tampa Underworld” and “The Silent Don: The World of Santo Trafficante Jr,” Deitche has also shared his insights as a mob maven on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, A&E and C-SPAN, as well as on the Mob Museum’s blog.
Operating the trip is Cuba Executive Travel Inc., a travel service provider with the Department of Treasury and Office of Foreign Assets Control.