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Dave 01-14-2010 10:39 AM

RCI has announced that ships will continue to stop at Labadee and they will be carrying relief supplies. Read about it HERE

catiemor 01-14-2010 05:59 PM

Thanks for posting link. I will be on the Independence next month and it makes me feel better knowing that they are delivering relief supplies. Have been feeling guilty that I will be having a wonderful time while people are suffering near by. On the news tonight they mentioned that the Port-Au-Prince airport was jammed with relief airplanes from around the world so they are getting lots of help.

Cate M.

Dwayne 01-14-2010 06:50 PM

I am so glad to hear this.


peter l 01-15-2010 04:25 AM

Great to see the RCI, which has a stake in Haiti, is stepping up to do the right thing during this crisis. Thanks for posting the link.


Jim1012 01-15-2010 04:59 AM

Now we know again why we love this cruise line-class.......

Nadine 01-16-2010 12:31 PM

Dave, thank you for this link. We have watched so much of the earthquake coverage, and it is just awful. Hopefully supplies will begin reaching those who need them very soon.

We have been to Labadee several times and the news that RCCL is contributing to the relief effort is very gratifying.

Thank you!


Dave 01-16-2010 01:17 PM

RCI has also announced they are committing to a minimum of one million dollars in aid to Haiti.

I've been doing some studying of Haiti today, in particular the area near Labadee. Here are some things which might surprise some:

Although Labadee presents the image of an exotic isolated spot far removed from civilization it really isn't. The fact is the large city of Cap-Haitien is just 6 miles away, has a commercial port, an international airport, and other trappings of a city with around 200,000 people. A UN Peacekeeping Force is stationed in Cap-Haitien. Since road travel to the south is so poor, the port of Cap-Haitien will be vital in the recovery effort because of it's facilities and the airport. Ships with supplies have already sailed from Cap-Haitien for Port-Au-Prince. Thus, the materiel being dropped off by RCI doesn't have far to go.

Nadine 01-17-2010 11:45 AM

Dave, that is interesting. I am picturing Labadee as kind of surrounded by mountains. Does it appear that Labadee is separated from Cap-Haitien by a mountain?

Dave 01-17-2010 11:59 AM

The whole area is mountainous. Looking at the Google satellite image of the area the road from the city to the resort weaves quite a bit, and follows the shore line just east of Labadee.

If you google Cap-Haitien map and then select the satellite view you'll see what I mean.

Nadine 01-18-2010 03:32 PM

Thanks for the suggestion. My husband and I found the map very interesting. It looks like a long, winding road!

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