Labadee differs from other cruise line private resorts in that it is not a tender port. In order to accommodate the giant Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, which do not tender, Royal constructed a long concrete pier that juts out into Buccaneer's Bay on the south side of the peninsular.
The pier makes it much easier for guests to enjoy the resort. Instead of having to wait for tenders to get to or leave the resort, guests can simply walk ashore. As a result, guests can easily spend time ashore, return to the ship and then go back ashore.
At the end of the pier is a gate and security building. Guests wishing to return to the ship go through a security check in the building.
Inasmuch as Labadee is a relatively big resort, guests have the option of taking a boat called the Columbus Cove Express to the beach that is furthest away from the pier.
Guests who walk ashore can take a tram from the Dragon's Tram Station to other points in the resort. (Guests who take the Columbus Cove Express to that beach can take the tram back to the tram station).
Most guests, however, explore the resort on foot. To facilitate this, there are paved paths throughout the resort and numerous signs.
Above: Looking down the end of the pier toward the gate.
Below: The Columbus Cove Express takes guests from the pier to the Columbus Cove area free of charge.
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