Labadee is a private resort destination developed and
operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The resort is used as a port of call by the cruise ships of its subsidiary cruise lines, especially Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises. While similar in concept to Royal
Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas, Coco Cay (see our section on Coco Cay), the two destinations have distinct characters as well as different facilities.
One difference between the two destinations is that
Labadee is not an island. Rather, it is a peninsula on
the northern coast of the island of Hispaniola. The
peninsula has great natural beauty, which Royal
Caribbean has enhanced to create a tropical paradise.
Labadee is in the country of Haiti. The resort area is
separated from the rest of that troubled country by
fences and security teams. However, Royal contributes
significantly to the Haitian economy by bringing in
tourist dollars and by employing some 300 local
residents at the resort and by having some 200 vendors
offer their crafts within the resort. In addition,
following the earthquake of 2010, Royal landed millions
of dollars of relief supplies at Labadee for distribution
to the rest of the country.
Royal Caribbean has deployed a wide range of
facilities to the resort. This includes a dramatic zip line
that whips riders off one of the surrounding hills across
the sea to a rocky point some 2,800 feet away. There is
also a coaster ride that cuts through the tropical flora
and by rock formations as well as the more typical
resort amenities such as parasailing, jet skis and
However, one does not have to indulge in any of
these pursuits to enjoy Labadee. There are trails around
the resort that showcase the varied and attractive
scenery. The beaches are also varied ranging from
calm and secluded to popular and dramatic. There are
bars and there are places to have something to eat.
One can use the beaches, lie in the deck chairs and
enjoy a barbecue lunch for free. There are charges for
some of the equipment, activities and services on the
island. All such charges, with the exception of charges
for hair braiding and items purchased from the local
vendors (cash only – U.S. Dollars), are charged to the
guest’s shipboard account.
Labadee offers guests a wide range of choices.
Indeed, with the ease of access to and from the ship,
guests can easily spend part of the day at the resort and
part using the ship's facilities. In addition, the variety in
Labadee's attractive scenery makes it likely that one
will find something to please.
The coast of Labadee varies from calm
sandy beaches to dramatic rocky shores.
The waters on the southern shore of the Labadee
Peninsula are calm and idyllic while powerful
waves break against the
Much of the interior of the Labadee peninsular is covered by trees. Royal has constructed trails leading through some of the wooded areas with stops at some of the more scenic overlooks.
In amongst the resort facilities are romantic-looking ruins from a bygone day.
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