Monday, April 23, 2012

Labadee 1















Labadee 1

The last port of call on our Caribbean cruise was Labadee, a private area located on the northern part of Haiti. It is leased to Royal Caribbean International, the largest contributor of tourist revenue to that country since 1986. They employ 300 locals and allow another 200 to sell their wares on the premises. As well, RCI pays $6 per passenger to the Haitian government. (Wikipedia)

Today's photos show our first views of northern Haiti, a few scenic views of the island and several small boats, including what appears to be a taxi with several passengers. I took the photo of the water taxi as we travelled to our shore excursion, a Cultural Tour of Haiti, in a boat with 30 or so people. As you can imagine, the boat we were in was much different than the one shown in the photo. Though the water looks calm and flat, there was a bit of a swell and the boat appears to be partly under water. I've uploaded a closer view of this boat to my Blog to let you see that it wasn't sinking and to give you an idea of its construction.

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