The M/V Spree obtained a license from the U.S. Department of Commerce to commence multiple education and research trips and the charterer, the Gulf Reefs Environmental Action Team (G.R.E.A.T.), was granted permission by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to conduct people to people educational tours to Cuba. The U.S. flagged ship along with 10 divers, who were able to experience the wonders of diving in Cuba, returned from its week long excursion on October 30, 2015. Passengers aboard the M/V Spree enjoyed clear visibility and a wide array of fish life wile exploring the walls north of Cayo Levisa.