A recent NYTimes reported the disturbing dilemma below. It just so happens that some RCCL ships stop for a day of fun at Labadee, Hispaniola. Cruising and Caribbean go hand in hand. Hopefully, this dreadful disease won't hurt the cruise & tourism industry there. Certainly, cruisers & tourists must exercise greater caution as they go "off-the-beaten" path or activities. Tourist life is ever more challenging as they must be wary of SARS, HIV, AIDS, virus, political situations, etc abroad. Not meaning to be an alarmist, but one must wonder if the cruise lines will put an advisory on this matter?
Headline: As AIDS Ravages Caribbean, Governments Confront Denial.
It stated, There is "..about half a million people with H.I.V. in the Caribbean, where the infection rate is the highest outside Africa. Hispaniola — the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic — accounts for more than 80 percent of Caribbean AIDS cases,
While the sheer scale of Africa's epidemic has tended to overshadow the problem here, health experts and political leaders warn of the potential for devastation in a region of small, image-conscious countries that depend on... tourism.
Some 40,000 adults and children in the Caribbean are believed to have died of the disease in 2001 alone. It is already the leading cause of death among young men."