Instead, the International Port opted to send the packages on two cargo planes. Sanchez said they departed the same day the ship was scheduled to go out. On the cargo planes, they were able to send large items as well.
In Cuba, Robinson's 20-year-old sister, Maipu Marin Lopez, was first told the items would arrive by Dec. 29. But that day came and went.
In mid-January, the first of the packages Robinson sent arrived. The others came in bit by bit. The final item, the frame of a baby crib, did not arrive until the first week of February — more than a month late, though still in time for the baby.
"The most important thing is the crib for the baby, and I was upset it had not arrived," she said.
Back in Miami, the dock where the Ana Cecilia once departed for Havana is now empty. The building where Robinson sent his packages from is closed. A sign advertising shipments to Cuba is gone.
Sanchez says they are no longer collecting packages at the terminal because they have set up new sites around the city.
In fact, court documents show the International Port was served an eviction complaint in January. Neil Ruben, an attorney for Shaw Marine Terminal, said International Port voluntarily vacated the property. A lawsuit claiming the company still owes rent dating back to October is winding through the courts. So is another filed by Epic Shipping.
Sanchez and Nussbaum said International Port dispute the claims in both lawsuits, though neither would go into detail.
"I assure you that everything is in order and this will all come out in the litigation," Nussbaum said.
Families are still sending packages by plane, but the dream of maritime shipping from Miami to Havana has, at least for the moment, sailed into thin air.