Sea and shore excursions will introduce you to the flora and fauna of the island, while licensed merchants and a Haitian market will tempt you with local crafts and the mystique of a distinctive island culture.
Labadee has a lot of charm. Situated on the northern coast of Hispaniola, the island in the West Indies shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, is second only to Cuba in size and, geographically, is a next door neighbor.
There’s plenty to do during a shore visit, but the beautiful beach, sparkling water, abundant sun and first-class service are Labadee’s main attractions.
WHAT TO DO ASHORE
You’ll be served food and drink supplied by the cruise line. You can lounge in a seaside cabana, if you choose, and be completely at peace in a tranquil island paradise. You can play games on the beach or take shore side excursions to find sea creatures and shells, or view native plants and flowers. There are beach games and water sports. You won’t be bored, but your ship will remain dockside only a few steps away should you tire of the beach scene prior to disembarkation.
Kids and adventurous adults will thrill to an alpine coaster.
There is also a “set for screams” over-water zipline, said to be the longest in the world.
You can wade out to the Sand Bar for some adult time
Grab a jet boat tour for an adrenaline filled tour of the coast.
Go for a quieter day with a ride to Amiga Island to see coral and beautiful reefs.
It all makes for a memorable day, even if you choose only to build sand castles.
THE ALLURE OF HAITI
Even though a port stop at Labadee cannot really qualify as a visit to Haiti, the allure is multi-faceted. The country possesses a distinctive character and its people are engaging. Its history and culture have a kind of “flavor” unique even among Caribbean nations. The soul of Haiti is in its mystery. There is no doubt that tourism dollars are of benefit to the island nation and its economy.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
In a sense, a stop at Labadee offers a sense of hope. It is, in one way, an opportunity to play a small part in a nation’s efforts to rebuild after successive natural disasters — recent hurricanes and the 2010 earthquake. Royal Caribbean sees the value and the potential of bringing passengers to a beautiful island