Royal Caribbean, the only major cruise line to call at Haiti -- via Labadee, its "private" beach-resort area on the northern coast, has suspended stops for at least the next two weeks. That's because of increasing violence -- and the possibility of a coup d'etat as Haitians are revolting against its current government.
The ships that are impacted this week include:
*Passengers on Explorer of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas, both sailing the Western Caribbean, will get an extra sea day.
*Navigator of the Seas, on an Eastern Caribbean swing, will spend extra time in San Juan during a regularly scheduled port call there.
Next week, the following will be affected by the rescheduling:
*Brilliance of the Seas, whose itinerary touches on islands in both the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, will call at Royal Caribbean's Coco Cay, its private island, instead of Labadee.
*Navigator of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas, both sailing the Western Caribbean, will spend an extra day at sea.
In a statement, Royal Caribbean says that the moves are a response to the uncertainty in Haiti -- but that its beachfront area is far removed from the recent unrest. It notes that the company "looks forward to resuming port calls in Labadee in the very near future."
Royal Caribbean Halts Calls to Haiti’s Labadee
February 18, 2004