Status of Labadee??
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Just off Explorer 4/17. While onboard there was a "higher up" from RCCL onboard. Don't know his exact position, but all the workers just said he was the boss of everybody. Anyway he happened to be talking on his cellphone one night next to us at a bar, and we heard him say after he got off the Explorer he was headed to Labadee because it was getting "set up". Wonder how soon they will go back. More from the cruise later!
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They still have not made a decision as to Labadee replacement for our sailing. He said Captain will make a decision next week.
5/1/04 - Navigator of the Sea
RCI has ceased operation at Labadee until the political situation in Haiti sorts itself out. The site itself is TOTALLY untouched. Nothing has been damaged or looted. The Haitian workforce goes to the site everyday to maintain the site.
RCI is working very hard to reopen the site but many things need to happen before this can be done safely like having the airport in Cap Haitien opened for international traffic in case of Medivac.
RCI is striving to reopen the site by the time Voyager of the Seas leaves for her maiden voyage from Cape Liberty in Bayonne.
As you well know, we are all anxious to get back to Labadee.
I'm on the NOS for that week, so I'd be interested in knowing as well.
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I got an email yesterday from a Royal Caribbean representative and she wrote the following:
The company is planning itineraries that include a substitute port of call. Currently, we are reviewing all of our options. So as for now they are not sure where they will be sailing.
"The top priority of Royal Caribbean International is the safety of its guests and employees. Because of this, continuing unrest in Haiti, and specific recommendations of security consultants, the company indefinitely suspended its port calls scheduled for Labadee. Although this is disappointing to guests, and employees in Haiti, the company feels it is the most prudent course of action.
Royal Caribbean looks forward to resuming port calls in Labadee in the very near future. Contrary to rumors, the Labadee site has experienced no theft, looting, or damage. The Labadee site is in excellent condition. Royal Caribbean is working to return to Labadee as soon as possible, however, this is contingent upon several issues, most importantly a safe
and secure environment."
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent -Eleanor Roosevelt-
Now we do not have to wonder about the he said, she said information.
It is GREAT to hear that Labadee is in "excellent condition" from someone that definitely knows.
Tim & Crystal
As long as any verbage warning Americans not to travel to Haiti exists, you can imagine RCCL would be opening themselves to enormous jeopardy by resuming calls at Labadee...as long as that travel warning stands, I wouldn't count on Labadee being restored to itineraries.
You may find the following interesting even though outdated a bit.