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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By vphord , March 5, in Royal Caribbean International. I brought back a Labadee map for your reference. There are shuttles to take you along the beach so you will not have to bring a stroller if you have a toddler. There is NO food except at the main restaurant near the pier so bring a backpack so you can bring a bottle of water and snacks. There are a couple of buffets and bars spread out across Labadee where you get lunch and water as well as anything else you want to drink.
The shuttles only go so far and there aren't enough for every person to ride LOL. They also don't go all the way to the beaches. It's a limited route, mainly so people dont' have to walk quite as far if they can't. A stroller won't work very well anyway once you leave the cement path. If there were places to buy food I parked myself down near the Adventure Ocean kids club , I could not find, nor when I asked, they told me I had to hike all the way back to the main dining area. The website only allows a certain size image, so apologize if the map's resolution is inadequate.
I didn't realize that this website shrinks original images. Here is the map again posted on photobucket. Not sure about food for purchase, but RCI offers an extensive buffet lunch at several locations.
The lunch is included in your cruise fare and there are bars located in a number of areas on Labadee where you can use your seapass for the purchase of bottled water, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages.
No need to "hike" anywhere as the trams run regularly along the routes between the dock and the various beaches. Sorry but your post is a little confusing.. No places to "Buy" food on Labadee and there never has been There are a few buffet areas and there is no charge for these The map does not even show the dock, and does show the tender landing Thanks for the bigger scan of the map.
Looking forward to hitting the zip-line in July. I figured al food was free as it comes off the ship I believe for lunch. I'm sure you still pay for your adult beverages.
Thanks for the info even if some is a little confusing. The map is straight out of the brochure that I received on the ship. If the map is outdated, please contact RCI and let them know. I've only been to Labadee once, and the map was accurate, esp.
For those who know exactly where the food concessions are, please indicate on a map and post for others. The map is accurate and shows the new pier where ships dock. If you read the legend on the map that you have posted, you will note a fairly comprehensive route for trams that will transport you to close proximity of most major areas on Labadee and designates several locations identified as Cafes,Taverns and Pubs, including places near Adventure Ocean, where food and drink are available.
I'm not sure what kind of food you are looking to purchase. A barbecue lunch with food brought off from the ship is served on Labadee. What types of food were you looking to purchase? We were literally just outside Adventure ocean and we sat near what we thought was a concession. A man was there but he didn't seem to serve any drinks and he seemed very unhappy.
So, we avoided him and went to look for drinks across the main drag. The bartender said that this was the private beach club and we couldn't get any food there. However, he let me buy 2 cokes from him using my cruise pass there was a fence between me and him.
He also said that I had to go to entrance where there was the main eating area. So, as you can see, I was very surprised but at that time, I wasn't going to ask more people where the food was. I just wanted to sit and relax. After an hour, we go hungry so we took the kids and went back on board the ship as the main eating area was closed already.
There isn't a map like that for those ports. OP, as for "concessions" as I basically said above, there aren't any but there are buffets and bars where you can get food and purchase beverages. It's one of the perks for staying in a GS or above. We've been to Labadee twice.
Once in a suite so we were on Barefoot Beach and once in a JS so we were at one of the other beaches. Food is free and is brought off the ship. The lunch buffet is set up from around 11 til at least I don't remember exactly the times, but no one went hungry for lack of food.
On Radio's map I spy 4 buffet areas marked with a fork and knife. We were there last year had no problem finding food but the shuttle is usually crowded toward the late afternoon. There is alot of walking if you want to see the different outdoor shops were the locales sell their wares.
On the other hand think of the calories you can burn making more room for desserts. I even had an RCI customer service rep try to tell me once that Labadee was an island three hours from Haiti. They were desperately trying to sell me the Western Caribbean cruise. I don't know how anyone can enjoy sipping cocktails and frolicking on the beach at Labadee when there is so much pain, hunger and suffering not to mention cholera on Haiti. Yes, many Carribbean islands have poverty but Haiti is one of the poorest in the world, period.
At least when you explore other islands the money you spend goes directly into the local economy if you're not booking overpriced ship excursions. Actually, if you check the facts, you will find that Royal Caribbean has pledged to donate a percentage of the moneys its guests spend on Labadee to Haitian relief efforts. This is in addition to the millions that it has donated since the earthquake struck over a year ago, and the money that it has spent developing the area.
Those workers who provide you with chairs, floats etc. What, according to you, constitutes a "better port"? Is it the absence of visible signs of poverty or the absence of vendors who support themselves and their families by offering relatively cheap souvenirs for sale?
Is it somehow okay to frolic on a beach in St Thomas because you are hundreds of miles away from the poverty that afflicts Haiti. Seems to me that the fact that Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world is justification enough for it to be the recipient of much needed financial report, certainly more worthy than some of the other ports of call which, relatively speaking, are in much better financial shape, with our without the visits of cruise passengers.
The fact of the matter is the real Haiti would be one of the richest most visited island in the Caribbean if they would reform their corrupt government and embrace tourism.
I have sailed past some of the whitest most pure beaches I have ever seen along Haiti near Port o Prince, but until they do something to ensure safety and minimal corruption, companies will not build or encourage visitation.
Their ships have dropped medical supplies. While I applaud that, I do not appreciate RCI representatives misleading potential cruisers about Labadee and trying to tell me it was not on Haiti. Too bad RCI doesn't offer community service excursions into Port-Au-Prince -- that would be a meaningful way to make a difference -- for passengers as well.
From Adam Goldstein's blog about Haitian relief efforts: "Beginning just three days after the earthquake, Royal Caribbean transported more than 3, pallets of much needed supplies on Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises ships that called on Labadee.
Our operations at Labadee impact over local Haitians who are either employees or vendors at Labadee commuting from nearby villages. We also employ over Haitian crew members onboard ships.
Perhaps we can quibble over just how much RCI's corporate contribution was, but the total amount is not negligible now matter how it breaks out. Your preferences in ports is noted, but obviously there are many others who feel differently.
I haven't seen anyone disagree with you about the misinformation that you received from some RCI CSR, but their reputation as being reliable sources of information has long been suspect and I doubt that the information you received was the official policy of the cruiseline. Search In. No Political Posts Please Remember Our Purpose. Archived This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. Recommended Posts. Posted March 5, Share this post Link to post Share on other sites.
Any chance you could scan it bigger? Here is the Map of Labadee. The small print is a little easier to read. Posted March 6, Does anyone have maps like that for St Thomas, St Martin?? Posted March 7, Posted March 8, I prefer real ports -- not man-made resort settings like Coco Cay and Labadee. Just a thought Go To Topic Listing. Forum Jump. Forum Assistance.
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Labadee, Haiti: Address, Phone Number, Labadee Reviews: 4/5
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.
8 Hours in Labadee
It is a private resort leased to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The resort is completely tourist-oriented, and is guarded by a private security force. The site is fenced off from the surrounding area, and passengers are not allowed to leave the property. Food available to tourists is brought from the cruise ships. A controlled group of Haitian merchants are given sole rights to sell their merchandise and establish their businesses in the resort. Although sometimes described as an island in advertisements, it is actually a peninsula contiguous with the island of Hispaniola.