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Old 06-28-2006, 06:34 AM
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I will be going on my honeymoon to the Western Caribbean on 4/21/07 on Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Sea. One of the ports is Labadee Haiti. I have heard that this is not a safe place to go. Does anyone have any advice? Should I stay on the ship when we port there? Is Labadee Royal Caribbean's private island? Will there be locals all around?
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Old 06-28-2006, 06:47 AM
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Honeycruiser,

you are correct that it is not conisdered safe to travel to Haiti. However, Labadee is an exception, as it is a fenced-off, heavily-guarded piece of land reserved for Royal Caribbean passengers. The only locals around are vendors etc. which have received special permissions to enter the area. Hence, Labadee is probably safer than most other Caribbean ports of call.
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Old 06-28-2006, 01:00 PM
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Hi,
Raoul is 100% correct. I love stopping at Labadee. It's a private beach area about 6 miles North of Cap-Haitien which is the second largest city in Haiti. Here is a link about LABADEE
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Old 06-28-2006, 01:20 PM
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That is good to know. Thank you both. Did you all go to Malfini Beach? If you don't go to Malfini Beach or any other excursion, are you still on a beach that is nice? If you have been to Malfini Beach, would you recommend going there?
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Old 06-28-2006, 07:32 PM
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That is good to know. Thank you both. Did you all go to Malfini Beach? If you don't go to Malfini Beach or any other excursion, are you still on a beach that is nice? If you have been to Malfini Beach, would you recommend going there?
No, I haven't been to Malfini beach. Royal Caribbean is adding things every year. I haven't been to Labadee for a couple of years. Most people I talk to love Labadee. You don't want to stay on the ship when it's in Labadee...
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Honeycruiser:
My husband and I last cruised on the Mariner Jan. 2005 to the Western Caribbean including Labadee. We got off the ship and spent the entire time there, while at port and did not feel unsafe.

The area is pretty confined and did not feel too spread out. There are several different places to lounge at the beach(es), visit a small area with vendors and a shop or two, 2-3 places to picnic (food and set-up by RCI staff). Some of our best pictures of the beautiful blue water and of the ship at different angles, came from Labadee. We also saw a show of the locals, dancing and singing in one of their covered hut areas, close to where the food was served.

Congrats on your upcoming marriage and great honeymoon on Mariner. We have sailed Mariner two times and would love to go again.
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Labadee is beautiful and the bay is pristine-I like to think it still looks much like it did when Columbus himself dropped anchor there. It was the last anchorage for his flagship (the Santa Maria) before she ran aground off Hispaniola after departing Labadee.

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After reading all kinds of horror stories abt Labadee, we weren't going to get off the ship. I'm so glad we did!.....it was gorgeous! Several beautiful beach areas with free lounge chairs (we just tipped the fellow who carried it out for us). The bar-b-Q buffet the ship set up was great and there was even a flea market with local vendors (be prepared for the "hard sell")
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I have been to Labadee twice now, most recently on the Mariner of the Seas this past Jan.. It was very safe. Malafini Beach is the way to go there, very nice. Went there on our first visit . Also enjoyed the wave runners. Hard to keep up with the other wave runners unless you love to go fast (which I do). On the wave runners, you get to see a lot of the coast line. I have to say though, that even spending the whole day at the beaches there isn't bad. I liked the one that was furthest out, I believe that beach is called Hideaway Beach. Labadee is not an island, it's a peninsula, but it did not feel unsafe at all. I believe it's far away from all the dangerous sections of Haiti. Once you get on the island Ė explore a little. Donít just stop where everyone else does in the crowded first beach. There are hammocks and chairs all over the island and you can actually find an area all to your own I enjoyed the blow hole, (can't remember what it was called, so that's what I'll call it.) Malafini is the best thing to do on that stop I think, with a close second place vote for the waverunner. My wife and son went on the kayaks, which they said was too stenuous. I absolutely love the Mariner of the seas. We spent two weeks on that in Jan. on a back to back. If you're going to Cozumel, I will have to highly reccommend the Tulum ruins tour, so beautiful it's absolutely surreal The day we were there was overcast and rainy and it was still awesome! Gorgeous views and a nice beach too, so bring your bathing suits. Whatever you do, don't go on the Passion Island excursion, that was a total bust the last time. That hurricane last year really took it's toll on the beach there. The Tulum ruins tour was split up with half of the tour spent at a water park call Xel Ha, (I think), really loved that place, great snorkeling, but regreted that there wasn't enough time there and the trip back was hectic and long, but very much worth it. If you're going to Grand Cayman, avoid 7 Mile Beach, very crowded and too comericialized, we didn't like it at all. I heard Rum Point Beach is a really great beach there, hammocks, restaurant and uncrowded. We were going to go there last time but our ship couldn't stop at Grand Cayman that day because the seas were too choppy ( Cruise docks were blown out from the hurricane, so they have to tender you to shore now) Also heard from a close friend that the Swim with the Stingrays was great. Not sure if Rum Point Beach is an actual excursion offered by RC. I heard there is a cheap ferry ride which you can get to at a hotel that's in close proximity to the cruise port. By taxi it'll take much longer I've heard. On Jamaica we did the Dunns River Falls, really enjoyed that. We did a half day there combined with a beach excursion which was awful. The beach was ugly and they wouldn't let us leave. It was supposed to offer use of the hotel but it was closed and boarded up. I was shocked that the cruise line still offered that lousy excursion. Noone there liked the beach whatsoever, we all wanted to leave. I believe it might have been called Shaw Park Beach. Last time in Jamaica on the Mariner we did the river raft down the Martha Brae, pretty boring and a long scary drive on a bus. The tour bus drivers are suicidal I think. Have fun and feel free to write me back if you have questions, my notification setting is on.
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Hi,

Labadee is very safe if you use your common sense. I was there last September while on RCCL's Jewel of the Seas and a woman went off hiking by herself far away from the crowds. She was held up at knife point and had her jewerly stolen. There's plenty of things to do and plenty of places to sit amongst the crowds. It's not a good idea to wander off alone to a deserted area on any island. We rent waverunners every time we go to Labadee and enjoy the BBQ and sun. We always feel safe & sound!

Have fun,
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