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Old November 24th, 2000, 05:06 PM
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Anyone out there recently cruised and actually stopped in Labadee?? Heard it was a day to day decision as to go there or not?? Would love to hear what the real story is, thanks.

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Old November 25th, 2000, 06:50 PM
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Didn't hear about this Donna do you know the reason??

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Old November 25th, 2000, 07:11 PM
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Hi Ceddie,
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??

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Old November 25th, 2000, 07:34 PM
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Hey Donna...I'm still FULL!!

I sure hope we stop in Labadee. I'd much rather miss Nassau. I'll call RCCL tomorrow and see what they know. Talk to you later...Denise
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Old November 25th, 2000, 07:55 PM
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Hi Ceddie,
I think they expect riots, etc. fromt he outcome of the election.
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Old November 25th, 2000, 07:57 PM
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Hi Denise,
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 :-)

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Old November 25th, 2000, 07:58 PM
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Denise wrote:
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> Hey Donna...I'm still FULL!!
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> I sure hope we stop in Labadee. I'd much rather miss Nassau.
> I'll call RCCL tomorrow and see what they know. Talk to you
> later...Denise

Hey Denise,
Please let me know what RCCL has to say about Labadee, tks.

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Old November 25th, 2000, 08:11 PM
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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!".

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Old November 25th, 2000, 09:13 PM
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Hi Judy,
Never heard the deal with donating blood after being at Labadee? Why is that, do you know?

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Old November 27th, 2000, 09:03 AM
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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.

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Old November 27th, 2000, 12:30 PM
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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... :-)

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Old November 27th, 2000, 03:56 PM
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Hi Judy,
Thanks for the Labadee information, had no idea there was a problem donating blood after being there. I wonder if getting a certain shot before going would help??
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Old November 27th, 2000, 04:01 PM
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Hi Denise,
Thanks for making that call and that is great news, I really want to see Labadee this cruise. Just a mere 145 days left :-)

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Old November 28th, 2000, 09:49 PM
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Hi Donna, could you please tell me more about the dolphin swim in Nassau? We will be there in January, do we have to sign up in advance, and if so, how? Many thanks, Sandra
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Old November 28th, 2000, 10:21 PM
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Hi Sandra,
Yes, you need to sign up before you cruise for this, I hear it fills up really fast.
Here is a link to their site, everything you need to know is in there. Good luck.

<http://www.dolphinswims.com/>

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Thanks a million Donna, I've just submitted my form. We swam with dolphins last year in Xcaret in Mexico, and it was such a wonderful experience. Can't wait for January!
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Old November 29th, 2000, 08:24 PM
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Hi Sandra,
Glad this will work out for you, enjoy the dolphins again. Can't wait to try it for the first time myself :-)

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We are leaving for Miami tonight .. our cruise is on Saturday ... as far as I know our first stop will be Labadee

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Old November 30th, 2000, 11:41 AM
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Hi Tanya,
Please let us know when you return if you went to Labadee or not, thanks a bunch. Have a wonderful time on your cruise, Bon Voyage.

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Old December 2nd, 2000, 09:26 AM
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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.
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Hi Selena,
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.

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Too many jellyfish at CocoCay...I was stung by one last year on the Grandeur cruiseselena wrote:
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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!

See you in 139 days Donna!... :-) Denise
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Hi Denise,
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 :-)

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LaBadee is a must. It's very relaxing and the shopping is great. Cheaper and more enjoyable than Nassau or even St Thomas.
The Explorer of the Seas stops at Labadee on her NetBuddy Valentines sailing on 2/10/01.
It should be a lot of fun with all the extras such as cocktail party, bottle of champagne per cabin and a coupon booklet good for drinks, spa, casino (my favorite) and beauty parlor.
Any questions just call 1-888-275-3788 or email info@greatcruising.com.


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Donna-

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.

Hope you all can join us. Just call 1-888-275-3788 or email Ginny at info@greatcruising.com.

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We just returned from a trip on the Explorer (12/02/00). No problem on going to Labadee. A nice day on the "island"!!! John F.
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Hi John,
Glad to hear you enjoyed Labadee, looking forward to going there too, thanks for the news on this :-)

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Labadee is a yes

Lots of activities. The snorkeling excursion to an outter island was fun. Haitian products can be bought. Forget the rum testing though, unless you want your liver to explode.

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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.
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