I have noticed in discussions regarding Labadee, that it seems like there is a lot to do (ie: waterslides, waterparks, ziplines......etc) I know that you have to book these things as excursions through the cruiseline, but what if you are unsure of what you want to do before you get there? Do you have to book online, or on the ship, or can you pay for what you choose when you get off the ship and see what your options are? Also, I noticed that several people have mentioned a beach barbeque. Is this included as part of your meal plan fom Royal Carribean, or something to be paid for seperately?
Labadee is an extension of the ship. Cash is not accepted except for buying junk or hair braids from the Haitians who are allowed to sell their wares on the property. You have to use your cruise card for bar purchases. The barbecue is the Windjammer buffet lunch for that day. The Windjammer on the ship will be closed as the staff is ashore preparing and serving the barbecue. You don't pay for it.
Many things are combined in the tours offered for sale, and many things do not cost extra. I've not tried to buy a tour on Labadee so I don't know how that works or if it can be done. Some things sell out quick, such as waverunners and the zip line. I wouldn't wait too long to buy those excursions.
you will not be able to book the zipline once ashore. Also, the wind tends to pick up as the day progresses, and having a reservation doesn't mean you will get to do it if the conditions become unsafe. Early is better. We have twice booked waverunners once ashore, and once parasailing but if you really are counting on doing either of these things I wouldn't wait. We rent snorkels and beach mats about the time we decide it looks like fun, that stuff is always available.
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It does seem that you better have a pretty good idea what your plans will be ahead of time. In the past I would wait to book excursions since we would often talk with people on the cruise & get some good advice from them. This year the zip line was booked for a month in advance of our cruise. I talked with a woman who booked the last spot as soon as she got on the ship. She told me they had only limited spaces left when you do it on the ship. I now know for the future to have things booked in advance if going through the ship.