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Food riots in Haiti? Is Labadee safe for visitors?
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Hi,
On a cruise when a place is not safe for politics reason or else,they don't
go.Labadee is very far from Port-au-Prince may be this territory is not
touched by what is going on in the south of the Island. You can trust the cruise company to decide to go or not.Have a nice cruise.
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Labadee is a private area set aside for RCCL guests only. It's fenced off and the only locals you would have contact with are the ones who are allowed to sell their wares, work there, etc. through RCCL. It's no where near Port-au-Prince or any other major cities.
I wouldn't be concerned at this point. If it should come to the point where Haiti was in chaos or unsafe, I'm sure the cruiseline would cancel the stops there.
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Ron has covered the basics. As one who has been to Haiti proper (worst poverty I have ever seen in person) Labadee is indeed a safe place to spend a day without worry.
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....is DON'T let the natives guide you to a nice spot on the beach. They will help with chairs and hover over you until they are SURE you are comfortable. In other words....they won't leave you alone until you give them a tip. So that is my tip to you!
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I would have to say, if they did all that for me, on THIS island specifically, I would tip them. A few dollars for me, would not be an issue, for them it, would do a lot of good...

When I have been there, I mentioned to my husband, to haggle, just a tad...I could not in good concience, try and get the absolutley lowest price, they might be willing to take..jmho
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Thanks for the info.

The British Foreign Office are advising No Travel to Haiti.

I'll take the advice of the members of this group and RCCL.

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Several years back, sometime in the 90's..RCI, stopped their ships from going to Labadee due to an embargo. They only went to Coco Cay, for quite a while. Also, Labadee was never referred to as Haiti back then, only Hispanola.
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I would have to say, if they did all that for me, on THIS island specifically, I would tip them. A few dollars for me, would not be an issue, for them it, would do a lot of good...

When I have been there, I mentioned to my husband, to haggle, just a tad...I could not in good concience, try and get the absolutley lowest price, they might be willing to take..jmho
Thank you for your post" Trip". Nothing burns my @#* more than people on a cruise that don't tip. These people are beyond poor, I'll give them a buck just for smiling !
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Tipping is a personal thing but I personally don't think that giving someone a couple dollars for getting a couple chairs set up for me is going to hurt me but a few dollars here and there to someone as poor as these people are could very well help them.
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Default Haiti Travel Warning United States Department of State

This Travel Warning is being issued to inform American citizens of violent demonstrations in Haiti and to urge American citizens to defer non-essential travel to the country. Official Americans are restricted from travel to Haiti. American citizens visiting Haiti should consider departing as soon as circumstances permit. Americans in Haiti should remain vigilant in regard to their personal security, take commonsense precautions, and avoid any event where crowds may congregate. The violence may result in occasional limitation of Embassy operations to emergency services. Americans are also reminded of ongoing security concerns in Haiti, including frequent kidnappings of Americans for ransom.

There were 29 reported kidnappings of Americans in 2007. As of the date of this Travel Warning thirteen Americans were reported kidnapped in 2008. Most of the Americans were abducted in Port-au-Prince. These kidnappings have been marked by deaths, brutal physical and sexual assault, and shooting of Americans. The lack of civil protections in Haiti, as well as the limited capability of local law enforcement to resolve kidnapping cases, further compounds the element of danger surrounding this trend.


Full warning: <http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_917.html>
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Haiti is not safe, Haiti has never been safe.
Haiti is a haven for crime and disease.
Local government has been unable to control the crime.
Why anyone would want to go to Haiti during vacation is beyond me.
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Labadee is a remote peninsula leased by RCI. As stated above, the only contact with locals are some of the vendors and musicians. Everyone know musicians are harmless. All they do is get high and play their drums and try to sell CD's.

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When you stop at Labadee, you are not going to Hatiti proper. You will be completely safe !
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I did not see any changes in Itinerary on the RCCL website So I'm thinking ships are still going to Labadee. I felt safe each time I was on Labadee and I'm sure this year will not be any different.

I would think that if there was even a tiny tiny tiny chance of Labadee not safe for cruisers RCCL would change the Itinerary. I don't see them taking any chances on thousands of cruisers.
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I went to Labadee in August and I felt completely safe. Like others have said, it's fenced off from the "real Haiti" and you have minimal contact with the Haitian people. I did the kayak excursion and we did travel to an area outside of the fenced peninsula to a small village. It was very poor and I felt horrible.

Back in 2002 (I think?) I was on the Navigator when they canceled our stop in Labadee due to civil unrest. RCI will ultimately decide whether or not it's safe for its passengers to stop there. If you're still hesitant, you could stay on the ship. However, Labadee is gorgeous and I highly recommend it.
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HI all,

I just want to add my 2 cents to this thread.

We have been only cruising since 2004, and have been to Labadee 4 times.
Yes......they have ppl who will set you up with a lounge chair in the shade, and YES we do gladly give them a few dollars as a tip, heck, here we are on a cruise and stop at this gorgeous island, a few dollars is NOT going to break us. I mean after all..........we're on a cruise and we've already spent a fair bit of money on the cruise itself.!

Last year when we were in Labadee, our son ( who is 23 ) came on his first cruise with us and insisted on taking his retractable fishing rod with him. One of the guys who was the "security" actually took my son to a spot where he could fish, and after his line got snagged he dove in and untangled it for him, he spent about half an hour with my son.
After my son was finished fishing he gave the guy who had been helping him the rod.......and you'd have thought he'd given him a million dollars! He had obviously never seen such a fishing rod before, and my son felt so good giving him this gift to him cause of all the time he spent helping him fish, and you could tell it meant the world to him.

Mike-Suz, just a question.......have you ever been to Labadee?

My whole family just LOVES going to Labadee, and wish we could go for a longer period of time.,,,,,it's a perfect beach, relaxing day, and one of the most beautiful places we've ever been on a cruise.

We were very upset that our itinerary this year isn't going to Labadee, but there is always NEXT YEAR

If you get the chance to go to Labadee.......don't hesitate.....it's safe and well worth the tender ride( which I used to be terrified of).....ENJOY!!

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Amen Comet Cruiser!! You are my kind of cruiser. It is such a wonderful feeling to see someone so happy. Makes us realize how much we have and how little others have. Where in Ontario? We lived in the Hamilton area many many years ago.
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Again I will emphasize - Labadee is not Haiti proper. If there is a hint of trouble the cruise line will not stop there.
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Labadee is spectacular. I remember the first time my wife & I saw it was in '96. We awoke to a sunny morning, looked out our window & were taken away to another time by the view. Anchored just off-shore we were surrounded by lush green mountains. It was like a pre-historic island, just beautiful.

The locals were just fine and friendly. Yea, I've seen the recent news but as others before me have said, you aren't near that. If you have the chance to go there, do it.

If you still aren't comfortable with Labadee, then shoot for CocoCay. Also very nice..a fun day...a nice small island. It doesn't look like Labadee from the ship, but still wonderfull.

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