More Americans are visiting Cuba even though travel restrictions remain in place, with American tourism to the island up 54 percent, NBC Correspondent Gabe Gutierrez reports for Today.

Luxury yachts are docking, listings on Airbnb listings are flourishing. Meanwhile legislation to lift the travel ban is making its way through Congress, which is now in recess.

The American flag is being raised at the U.S. embassy in Havana in a ceremony Friday morning in a historic symbol of the thawing relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, whose interaction has been governed by Cold War hostilities for decades.