Location: Labadee, Haiti
Today we made port in Labadee, Haiti, a private peninsula on the northern side of the island of Hispaniola leased by Royal Caribbean. It is pretty well cordoned off from the rest of the country, so we’re hesitant to say that we got the true Haitian experience.
Royal Caribbean has also developed the area significantly since the last time Rachel was here. There are permanent structures, water and land activities such as ziplines and roller coasters. However those activities required a special fee, so we made it a beach day. But we were still very impressed with the little company village that was set up. Rachel took lots of pictures.
One of the first things we did was walked across the peninsula to the artisans market where locals had stalls set up to sell various wares. The usual haggling rules applied, but the stall owners made a point of not pressuring the customers. We bought a wood carving and a couple magnets.
We walked back across the village to get a beach bar-b-que buffet lunch, then spent a few hours relaxing on the beach. Rachel read her kindle, Ryan listened to his ipod, we both worked on our tans.
Eventually we made our back to the ship, were we went to the solarium and continued the relaxation in the pool.
In the evening as the ship sailed away from Haiti we were treated to a breathtaking sunset. Ryan went to the gym and Rachel went to the casino.
The evening entertainment was the illusionist Drew Thomas. He performed the usual magic tricks you would expect on a cruise ship, along with some new twists. His show was also integrated with performances by the ships singers and dancers which made things more entertaining. We enjoyed the show quite a bit.
Tomorrow we make port in Falmouth, Jamaica. We don’t have any excursions planned so it will be a free day.
Total steps: 11,920
Total complimentary purell squirts: 9