Despite the Caribbean heat – meteorologists reported temperatures of about 33C in the shade – the line to see the Krusenstern only grew longer as the day went on. Many people came with children, who happily began exploring the ship the moment they were on board.
The residents of Havana mingled with the crew and the cadets. Many tried to speak Russian, which was actively taught in schools and universities 20 years ago.
Cuban sailors also visited the Krusenstern, which lead to a professional conversation between Russians and Cubans. The crew willingly described their ship’s equipment, and the Cubans took advantage of a rare opportunity to learn as much as possible about the tall sailing ship.