Royal Caribbean Halts Calls to Haiti’s Labadee

February 18, 2004
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."