From what I've heard there are some elections going on and trouble in Haiti.
Some kind of visitors warnings in Haiti is all I've heard, not sure if that included
Labadee, some say yes, others say no??
I'm still full too :-) Made some turkey soup tonight and it was really good :-)
As for Nassau, we're in the process of signing up for the dolphin swim, sounds like it will be awesome and I really don't want to miss that. As for Labadee, I think by the time we go, all the trouble should be over with, at least I hope, but don't want to miss either port. Take care :-)
I haven't heard anything recent but in the RCI brochure it does state that the stop at Labadee is dependent on the political climate at the time. I suppose it could be dangerous since Labadee is not really an island but a peninsula and therefore connected to the mainland. Any political unrest could mean trouble at Labadee.
Did you know that if you visit Labadee you are not allowed to donate blood for about a year. I was so surprised to be turned down after being there in "99.
Hope you make it to Labadee and have "No Problem, Mon!".
It has to do with disease, not sure which but I seem to remember malaria being mentioned. I was at Labadee in Feb 99 and when I tried to give blood about 2 months later I was rejected because of Labadee being part of Haiti. In fact the nurse, being from Haiti originally, knew all about Labadee. It had just been added to the list of places that would cause the Red Cross to reject your blood. She had to double check, it was that new to the list. I had no trouble after my Southern Carib cruise this year.
I just got off the phone w/ RCCL. I don't believe the reservation staff is up-to-snuff on all the goings on but they tell me there hasn't been any and there will not be any cancellations to Labadee in the coming mths. Hope this is true... :-)
My husband and I enjoyed Labadee much, much better than Cococay. Labadee was much more relaxing and the market had much better bargins than the so called market at cococay. cococay was very rocky and jelly fish infested. Everything was cancelled because of the jellyfish. The barbecue lunch was better at labadee than cococay as well.
Thanks a lot for your information on Labadee. When were you there, pretty recent? What kinds of water sports do they have there? I understand the snorkeling really isn't good there, any comments on that. Thanks so much for you help.
Hey Donna...We've been to Labadee twice, the last time in April. It's one of our favorite spots. The snorkling isn't good, but they have banana boat rides that some of us did (there were 13). That was a blast! Some rented wave runners. Our friends loved that as they travelled into a cove and also cruised by the ship. There's lots of mountains around so the views are spectacular from the beach as well as from the ship. They also have parasailing. If you're brave enough I bet that would be beautiful. Of course they have the island music playing while on the beach. They also have shopping but I don't recommend that as the people selling their wares are extremely pushy. The island has hiking trails and lots of nooks and crannies if you want a seculded spot. Hope this helps!
Labadee is sounding better all the time, can't wait to see for myself, don't know about the parasailing though. Hey, the banana boat ride sounds like a blast, may do that?? Thanks for the good tips :-)
LaBadee is a must. It's very relaxing and the shopping is great. Cheaper and more enjoyable than Nassau or even St Thomas.
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Labadee is a definite port of call to stop at. It's relaxing and the shopping is far superior to St Thomas or Nassau. There's something for everyone.
We're doing a NetBuddy cruise on Valentines Day week on 2/10/01 on the Explorer of the Seas. Should be a lot of fun especially with Kuki on board.
Good rates and freebies such as cocktail party, free bottle of champagne and a coupon booklet which are good for drinks, spa, casino (my favorite) and beauty parlor.
Just reading through this thread tonight because the topic was of interest - we loved our day in Labadee last December. I also am a blood banker by profession - the reason that you can't donate blood for a year after visiting Haiti, Cozumel, and Cancun is that the CDC(Centers for Disease Control) considers those as areas endemic for malaria, which can be transmitted by blood. A visit to the area is not a danger and malaria prophylaxis is not appropriate. My 18 year old son was dissappointed (though not enough to keep him from the cruise) since his is one donation short of donating his first gallon of blood and now must wait until next December.