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Why is Royal Caribbean Canceling Cruise Stops to Popular Private Island?

Royal Caribbean has canceled stops to its popular private island, Labadee, in Haiti. This decision was made due to the country’s major violence and instability. 

Royal Caribbean’s Labadee

Labadee is a beautiful resort on the northern coast of Haiti. It has stunning white sand beaches, a 2600-foot zip line over the water, and an aqua park. It has been a popular stop for Royal Caribbean cruise ships for years, but the recent surge in violence in Haiti has made it unsafe for visitors. 

Haiti is on the Do Not Travel List

Haiti currently has the highest travel advisory of Level 4 – Do Not Travel. The US Department of State has advised Americans not to travel to Haiti due to the high risk of kidnapping, crime, civil unrest, and poor healthcare infrastructure. The situation has become so dangerous that non-emergency US government personnel and their families have been asked to leave Haiti immediately. 

Kidnapping is a common and widespread occurrence in Haiti, with US citizens often among the victims. Violent crime is also prevalent, with travelers frequently followed and attacked shortly after leaving the Port-au-Prince airport. 

When the US Department of State first made Haiti a Level 4 – Do Not Travel destination in July 2023, Royal Caribbean continued to maintain its regular cruise itinerary, making stops at its private island, Labadee. This was because the island is remote, located 130 miles from Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, and is only accessible to Royal Caribbean cruise passengers and staff. 

However, with the recent escalation of violence in Haiti, Royal Caribbean has decided to cancel all stops in Labadee temporarily. The company is rerouting many Caribbean cruises that originally had Labadee as a port of call to other cruise ports, such as Perfect Day at CocoCay, another Royal Caribbean private island. 

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For now, the cancellation is for April and May cruises. Royal Caribbean will continue monitoring the situation in Haiti to ensure the safety and security of its passengers and staff. Check out the most dangerous cruise ports in the world.

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