Thursday, January 31, 2013

4th Port of Call - Labadee, Haiti

Labadee, Haiti is a resort that Royal Carribbean has exclusively for their passengers.  It is a beautiful place with white sandy beaches and clear aqua water.  On one side you could lay out, but not swim because the waves were crashing in, but on the other side were 3 beaches and plenty of room to swim within a roped off area.  There were lots of things you could do there if you wanted to pay: Zip Line, alpine slide, water slide, water park for kids with climbing rocks, trampoline, etc., and you could go on a waverunner excursion.  We walked all the way to the 3rd beach at the end of the cove on the right and settled in on our lounges.  I did alot of swimming, although we all swam during the day and we shopped some.  There were 75 shops one on top of the other selling all the same things. We all bought some native looking things to bring back with us and I got a carved bowl and a carved soapstone women.   The boys went to the alpine slide and had fun riding it down the hill.

 A kayaking excursion was taking place when the other Royal Carribbean ship came into Labadee.  The people in the kayaks were really paddling fast to get out of the way!  It was really funny to watch.
 The "Independence of the Sea" backed right in on the other side of the wharf from our ship  making it look rather easy! Ha!
 When all the passenger got off that ship and the rest of the lounges were layed out, it then started to feel a little crowded, but by that time we had already been there a couple of hours and had done alot of swimming and shopping.  Royal Caribbean put  on a big picnic for both ships and we ate under covered picnic areas.  We had a great time relaxing, shopping and swimming and were ready to get back on our ship at 3:30.

 This side of the island resort was just for laying out.  You can see the waves and the wind was really strong, too.  On a smooth day we might have been able to go snorkeling back to the right in a protected area, but it wasn't to be this day.

 Joe was trying to get a pic of Mark and Terry when first Marc jumped in and then Julie and I.  We sure had fun with the Bennetts and Allens!

 Leaving  Labadee, Haiti.  I think I would like to do the zip line the next time
 we come here - if there is a next time!  
Our cabin steward, Rodney, was from Haiti, so he got to see his wife and 6 kids in the few hours we were there.  He hadn't been home for 6 months, except for the few days when the Enchantment of the Seas pays a visit.

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