Labadee, the private resort Royal Caribbean carved out of Haiti’s north coast jungle, is dotted with thatched roofs, sun loungers and roving bar tenders. During an uncomplicated beach day, Allure of the Seas passengers bobbed on rented mats, zipped over the Caribbean, rebuffed a steady stream of “Sir. Sir, let me show you somethings” at the locals’ market and collapsed in hammocks under palm trees.
With 6,000-plus in port, passengers were lined up beach chair to beach chair at the designated sunning swaths, but none of the crowding felt uncomfortable — and there were always spots to escape the throng, be it by foot (walking to the Dragon’s Plaza section of the resort, pictured) or boat (one excursion transported passengers to a castaway-style beach). The end of the BBQ lunch, a spread of burgers, dogs, chicken, salads and fruit, signaled the start of the early afternoon exodus, so those still saying Laba-do found a progressively quieter resort. Still, I wouldn’t want to be there on December 6, when, according to CruiseCal, Labadee will host Allure and the 3,000-plus passenger Navigator of the Seas.
Never mind the Speedo. The real view is above, at the zip-liners gliding down 2,600 foot of cable. The Dragon’s Breath Flight Line is the world’s longest zip-line over water, says Royal Caribbean. But despite the claim that you’ll reach speeds of 40 to 50 miles per hour, adrenaline junkies will need to content themselves with the seagull’s-eye view and sensation of floating. Enjoyments enough for most, but the real problem is the expense; it’s $89 for a ride that lasts less than 90 seconds. Or, as you just calculated, about $1 a second.
Admittance into Labadee’s AquaPark costs $15 for 50 minutes. (Watching a handful of spider monkeys nearly topple the ice berg-shaped climbing apparatus was free. The lifeguards didn’t seem concerned.) Bouncing, climbing and sliding for nearly an hour proved a vigorous workout for all involved, and even the under-four-footers got in on the action, so long as they were accompanied by an adult.
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