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Royal Caribbean still hasn't returned to Labadee since cruise ships began sailing again

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13 Sep 2021
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Matt Hochberg

While Royal Caribbean has restarted cruises on over half of its ships, one of its private destinations remains shutdown.

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Royal Caribbean has resumed service on over half of its cruise ships, and visited its private island in The Bahamas, as well as many other ports in the Caribbean.

However, no ships have been able to visit Royal Caribbean's other private destination of Labadee.

Labadee is located in a remote area of Haiti and is Royal Caribbean's oldest private destination. Scheduled visits to Labadee have been routinely cancelled and replaced with visits to other ports.

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Cruises scheduled as far out as December are still being re-routed to skip Labadee. Guests on the December 19, 2021 sailing of Oasis of the Seas received an email to inform them their stop to Labadee has been cancelled.

The explanation given to guests points to the aftermath of some recent events in Haiti, "to maintain your safety and wellbeing, our visit to Labadee has been replaced with a sea day due to the current political and security situation in Haiti."

Similar emails from guests posted online indicate visits to Labadee in September and October have also been re-scheduled.

Unfortunately, Haiti has had to deal with the recent assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 7. A major earthquake on August 14 struck southwestern Haiti.

The U.S. State Department lists Haiti as having a level 4 warning not to visit, which is the highest level of warning to avoid travel.

Labadee is a 260-acre private destination that Royal Caribbean has operated since 1986, and was visited by both Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises ships.

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Royal Caribbean has made no official announcement regarding the fate of Labadee.  The only public comments have been made in emails to guests on booked sailings that have had to have their itinerary revised.