What's the deal about blood donation? I don't give blood because of my bad veins, but in any case I would always stop in Labadee. We were there last year with our Explorer E. Carib. cruise and it was our favorite stop. It was free (we aren't into parasailing, etc. Hubby doesn't go into the water--couldn't anyway because of recent eye surgery), the weather was perfect, lunch was good. We found a patch of shade near the restrooms. and the calypso music. It was a totally relaxing day. We took the tram ride and saw the rest of the "island" without having to walk a lot. I explored a bit and went into the water for a while. Mostly we read, dozed and people watched on our lounge chairs (We split a Labadoozy) There's plenty to do for the adventurous.
We felt completely safe. The locals didn't come near except when I got brave and went to the markets. That was a little frantic, but I got a couple of bargains. After spending all day there(9:30-4:15) and knowing we would be heading home, we had to drag ourselves back to the ship. We are glad we went to the E. first, because the Exp. doesn't go there any more for the E. Carib trip.I have gorgeous pics from that day. Next Jan. we are taking Exp. to W. Carib with our first stop in Labadee.
Actually this isn't true, or at least it is not forbibben by the Red Cross. Yes Haiti IS on the list BUT, as you are in a private area and not out and about the country you can still give blood. I know as I am a blood donor and have been to Labadee many times and they know it. Yes the first time I told them they went a little crazy over it but checked with some head people pretty far up the line and it is permissable.
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I wish they could get this figured out. My husband gave blood a week after our stop in Labadee. They took his blood but a week later he got a letter from the blood bank saying that his blood had been rejected and that he should not give again for a year because of the stop at Labadee. Seems a shame to be wasting good blood if there really is not reason to.