When we signed up for a trip to Cuba back in March, we assumed the "people to people" regulations would hold at least until a possible change in presidential administration. Like everything in U.S./Cuban relations, it turns out to be more complicated than that.
Under criticism from Sen. Rubio and others, the State Department began to slow-walk tour companies' license renewal process, forcing many companies providing the tours to suspend Cuba travel. The company with which we traveled, Insight Cuba, (this is not an endorsement of Insight Cuba, which was confused and lukewarm with its customer support – but there are others) was forced to lay off all 22 of its employees for a time.
But now the program is apparently back on track. All this back and forth might be put down to election year politics, but it points out that if you're on the fence about Cuba travel, if you don't act while you can, you may not have the opportunity to travel to Cuba legally later.
(More photos here.)