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Old December 10th, 2010, 08:34 PM
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We have never been to Ladadee haiti and have some reservations about going there.We booked the cruise about a year ago before the earthquake and since then things have gotten very bad through most of haiti.
One thing i have realized after reading the various topics on this site is that there is plenty of references to Labadee as a great cruise stop,But almost no conversation as to the plight of the people who live there.

For those of you who have been there, have any of you felt a sense of guilt knowing of the sickness and poverty Haiti's people face?

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No, because going to Haiti is one of the best things that you can do to help the people of the island. Go to the straw market and buy some items from the vendors there as this money helps their families in Haiti. We met a very nice beach patrol when we were in Labadee last time named Franklin, he answered our questions about the island and where the best spot to hang out on the beach was. We gave him a $20 tip before we left, and he couldn't stop thanking us enough as he said that would help so many of his family members! So if you go there, and you see one of the workers being very helpful, give them a little tip and you will surely feel good about helping people that sure could use it!!! Keith
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I have not been there but I would agree with Skeeter.

Thinking about it logicaly, the poor people and poor government of hati needs any and every dollar they can get. What would they benifit if our "guilt" kept us from going? that in and of itself is turning a blind eye to the needs. By going, and taking your money with you, you can support them while allowing them to keep some dignity during really rought times. Government hand outs are one thing when we send millions and billions to help rebuild. but when people are taking hand outs they loose any since of pride. However, when they have done something worth earning your dollar, then everyone can feel good. I say go, spend, and everyone be blessed! ;-)
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I have been there twice and will go again in January. We will do some shopping and tip the people that do something for us.

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Keep in mind, this is a totaly private fenced in beach, where the only locals you will come in contact with are the ones that work there. So, I think you get a false sense of what the rest of Haiti actually is going through. I wouldn't worry and not get off the ship, the beach is beautiful and you can also buy some local goods in their market area.
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We have never been to Haiti but right now I think my biggest concern would be the cholera outbreak. It is now spreading outside the country. Our son and family are going to Dominican Republic this week and we getting a little worried, to say the least.
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Keep in mind, this is a totaly private fenced in beach, where the only locals you will come in contact with are the ones that work there. So, I think you get a false sense of what the rest of Haiti actually is going through. I wouldn't worry and not get off the ship, the beach is beautiful and you can also buy some local goods in their market area.

Friends of ours were there earlier this year and had a great time.
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RCI supplies jobs and humanitarian relief for the Haitian people. Please see: Humanitarian Relief to Haiti - Royal Caribbean International
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Thank You all for a better perspective, We leave in three weeks and we will let you know how things were.

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We have never been to Ladadee haiti and have some reservations about going there.We booked the cruise about a year ago before the earthquake and since then things have gotten very bad through most of haiti.
One thing i have realized after reading the various topics on this site is that there is plenty of references to Labadee as a great cruise stop,But almost no conversation as to the plight of the people who live there.

For those of you who have been there, have any of you felt a sense of guilt knowing of the sickness and poverty Haiti's people face?

SSD
Actually, the area where the ship is moored is located in an area where there are not too many people living (but there are some there as you will note when you are there). Some people asked about RCL's decency and humanitarian reasons for continuing to go there while everything was going on and they said that they donate a certain amount of money for each passenger who is on a cruise to Haiti to their govt, so they are providing them with financial help. They also bring additional supplies (or they did in the beginning) with each cruise going there to help out.
Look at it this way, RCL will not let any of its passengers go where it is not safe; they are liable for each and every passenger on board.
So have fun and maybe donate some additional money as tips to those who help you on the island; this way, everybody wins!
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