Region Bahamas - Caribbean - Bermuda. Local Time Labadee is an exclusive privetely owned Caribbean island port and resort destination located on Haiti's northern coast. The resort is entirely tourist-oriented, and guarded by private security force. Cruisers are not allowed to leave the property - the site is fenced off from surrounding area and food available to travelers is brought from the ships.
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Our final port stop on this sailing brings us to Royal Caribbean's private destination of Labadee. I have been to Labadee on numerous occasions, and I have always enjoyed my visits for the natural beauty of this corner of Haiti. The ship was cleared to begin disembarkation around am, and I think we walked off the ship at around 10am. Prior to the cruise, I had reserved an over the water cabana. For many years, I have booked cabanas at Labadee because I think it is a terrific value for a family.
I love having our own little "refuge" from the elements, personalized service and prime napping spot. On this particular visit, we reserved a cabana at Nellie's Beach and it was exactly what we wanted. The weather today was excellent.
It was hot, and less oppressively humid as it was in San Juan yesterday. Moreover, there was more sunshine than clouds. This is the right equation for a day at the beach.
Throughout the day I also noticed some smaller enhancements that I did not recall seeing on past trips. Primarily seating areas along the paths. Back onboard, we showered and napped. The Captain said our weather for the return to Bayonne looks great. We headed back to the main dining room for dinner, and the wait staff provided another excellent meal.
The service in the dining room is certainly in the upper echelon that I have encountered in recent memory. I asked one of the tech guys and he indicated this was one of the dozen or so Vistarama shows they have, but I think everyone in Two70 was hoping for something else. Instead, we headed over to the pub for singalongs. It was jam packed in the pub, as I think by now the word is out about the talent of the pub singer.
Royal Caribbean is now offering a new type of zipline experience at its private destination of Labadee. The Furious Flyer Zipline has popped up as an excursion to reserve prior to a Royal Caribbean sailing that offers guests a tandem zip line course to experience. The excursion is described as, "Take a thrilling leap into sky-high adventure as you race head-first on a tandem zip line course that shoots you along 2, feet of cables dangling above the forested mountains and tropical seascapes of Labadee.
Then feel the adrenaline rush of flying head-first, like a soaring superhero, through a tunnel of tall trees along a zip line that opens up over craggy cliffs plunging to the bright-blue ocean below.
Guests must also be at least 48 inches tall. The original cabanas were damaged by waves as Hurricane Irma passed by Labadee well off shore. The new cabanas have been fortified with rocks below them to reduce potential damage from waves in the future.
No other notable damage occurred to Labadee from hurricanes this year. With the new cabanas in place, all hurricane restoration at Labadee is complete and the suite exclusive Barefoot Beach remains as beautiful as it always has been. After a few months of work, it appears at least some of the beach enhancements at Adrenaline Beach on Royal Caribbean's private destination of Labadee are complete. In September there was construction on the Labadee beach with areas sectioned off by fences.
The work is now complete and they have introduced small bump outs into the water complete with palm trees as a mini-oasis. This side of Labadee faces the Atlantic Ocean and large rocks serve as a break wall to protect from crashing waves. These areas provide a relaxing panoramic view of the water complete with the sound of waves crashing against the rocks to soothe you to sleep as you enjoy a Labradoozie.
Unrelated to Adrenaline Beach, the over the water cabanas at Barefoot Beach are still missing. Those cabanas are missing due to recent hurricane damage. Hurricane Irma caused some damage to the cabanas at Barefoot Beach, and we have a look at the exact nature of what has changed. Luckily the noticable damage from the hurricane was mostly relegated to some cabanas on Barefoot Beach, which is the Suites only area.
Royal Caribbean Blog reader twangster took photos of the damage on an October cruise, which we can compare to photos of Barefoot Beach from last year. Here is a photo taken from Oasis of the Seas in October The impacted Cabanas are highlighted.
Here are some close ups of the those Cabanas from October Note the concrete stairs between the over water Cabanas for water access, that will be shown later in another photo. Anchored in the bay of Labadee off Columbus Cove there was a work barge full of sand that is being used to replenish the beaches.
Royal Caribbean's private destination of Labadee in Haiti has been a popular cruise destination for many years, and whether you are planning a day for the first time or fifteenth time, it seems like there is so much to see and do. Labadee is quite beautiful when you see it in person and via photos, but underneath that gorgeous blue water are some rocks. You should consider buying water shoes to use in Labadee and other beach stops during your cruise.
Water shoes are easy to pack, fairly inexpensive, and make exploring the underwater world of Labadee super easy. It also makes getting around Labadee, both on land and in the water, simpler and easier. For adults, try the Aleader brand water shoes for men and women because not only do they protect your feet, they also do not look like typical water shoes. There is no need to worry about being hungry on Labadee, because Royal Caribbean provides lunch on the island at three different locations.
Lunch on Labadee consists of salads, burgers, hot dogs, chicken and more freshly prepared food. Lunch begins serving at am. Just like onboard your Royal Caribbean ship, the SeaPass card is the primary method of purchasing things on Labadee. The only exception are the craft markets, where locals sell items to you. It is probably a good idea to bring a little bit of cash with you, but your SeaPass card works in most places too.
From the mountaintop launch point, guests glide down the zip line over the ocean at speeds of 40 to 50 mph. It is not just a fun thrill, but also provides the best view of Labadee available. If you are interested in having some extra privacy, or cushier accommodations in Labadee, then you should consider renting a cabana or beach bungalow. Each provides a secluded spot for you and your family to enjoy. Guests can reserve a cabana or beach bungalow before their cruise, by visiting Royal Caribbean's Cruise Planner.
They can also be rented once onboard the ship, but they tend to rent quickly. If cabanas or bungalows are a bit out of your price range, beach beds and beach loungers are two inexpensive rental options that also provide a more comfortable day in Labadee. If you are looking for a bit of nature, be sure to check out the nature trails , located throughout Labadee.
Labadee has a lot of natural beauty to behold and walking around will give you a good sense of the layout of the beaches as well as an appreciation for the natural wonders. Be sure to bring your camera. Columbus Cove is the least crowded beach in Labadee, but can be a far walk to get to. Look for a complimentary ferry ride that takes guests from the dock that your cruise ship is docked at, and brings you right to Columbus Cove. Not only is it quick and convenient, but it provides a beautiful view of Labadee.
If you need to get around Labadee without walking, Royal Caribbean provides a complimentary shuttle service that takes guests all along the middle of Labadee.
There are clearly marked tram stations, where you can grab the next shuttle. Young children may find a lot of fun at the Adventure Ocean Oasis , located roughly in the middle of Adrenaline Beach.
This is a splash pad area, with fountains, geysers, and buckets of water spraying everywhere. It can be the perfect spot for children to play, and for you to cool off. Speaking of Adventure Ocean, Royal Caribbean's award-winning children's programming, Adventure Ocean, will be open while the ship is docked in Labadee. This can be a great option for adults who want to take in an excursion, but need supervision for their children. Your Royal Caribbean drink packages will work while in Labadee , just like they do onboard the ship.
Kids and those young at heart will gravitate towards Arawak Aqua Park , which is an aqua park in Columbus Cove. There, you will find floating trampolines, pyramids and water slides. There is also the Dragon's Splash Waterslide located nearby to the Aqua park and features a foot slide that drops you into a foot splash zone.
The Market is more of a store, with pre-set prices and offering hand-made goods. The Village is more of an open air market, where guests are expected to haggle with the vendors. Keep in mind that both places take cash only. A day in Labadee offers a lot, but you will want to pack water resistant sunscreen, hats and sunglasses for a day in Labadee. You may also consider bringing your camera, beach toys, and other fun options.
If you forget something in your stateroom, you can always go back and get it! Consumer Reports recommends two sunscreens that are great for use at the beach. Barefoot Beach is reserved for guests residing in Grand Suites and above.
It is an exclusive perk for suite guests, and the only area in Labadee where all guests cannot go. If you happen to be staying in a suite, Barefoot Beach is a great choice for the smaller crowds.
Plus, there is an exclusive lunch buffet reserved just for suite guests. Labadee itself has an interesting past. It was named after the marquis de La Badie , a Frenchman who first settled the area in the 17th century.
The peninsula was named Labadie, although Royal Caribbean spells it "Labadee" to make it easier for English-speakers to pronounce. If you are looking for other fun excursions in Labadee , consider parasailing, renting a jet ski, deep sea fishing, or even taking a ride on the alpine coaster.
All can be reserved prior to your cruise, via the Cruise Planner. The official drink of Labadee is a Labadoozie. It is a fruit concoction, that is served with rum. You can order them without rum as a cold treat for kids.
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Our final port stop on this sailing brings us to Royal Caribbean's private destination of Labadee. I have been to Labadee on numerous occasions, and I have always enjoyed my visits for the natural beauty of this corner of Haiti. The ship was cleared to begin disembarkation around am, and I think we walked off the ship at around 10am. Prior to the cruise, I had reserved an over the water cabana. For many years, I have booked cabanas at Labadee because I think it is a terrific value for a family. I love having our own little "refuge" from the elements, personalized service and prime napping spot.