Royal Caribbean cancels docking at Haiti port amidst local protests

21 January 2016 (Last Updated January 21st, 2016 18:30)

Royal Caribbean has cancelled docking at the port of Labadee, Haiti, for the second time in a week due to protests by local people.

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Royal Caribbean has cancelled docking at the port of Labadee, Haiti, for the second time in a week due to protests by local people.

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Navigator of the Seas, was scheduled to dock at Labadee on 21 January as the last port of call on the itinerary.

According to the Royal Caribbean blog, the ship was greeted by a group of 15-20 protestors aboard ten motorised and island watercraft, and were later joined by several non motorised row boaters.

Haitians are protesting the presidential elections that took place in 2015, and the runoff elections are scheduled for Sunday.

Royal Caribbean said in a statement: "Royal Caribbean has not received any guarantees or assurances that there will not be any protests in the future. If a protest takes place while a ship is port, there would be a significant impact on our guests’ ability to enjoy Labadee, or we may have to cancel the visit completely."

Earlier this week, another Royal Caribbean cruise, Freedom of the Seas, cancelled calling at the cruise port.

"We will continue to closely monitor the situation and are in close communication with local and government officials in Haiti."

The protest led the captain to disallow the crew or the passengers to disembark from the ship. The ship remained at sea before sailing to Falmouth, Jamaica.

The cruise line’s six-night western Caribbean cruise Vision of the Seas is scheduled to call at the Haiti port on Sunday.

Royal Caribbean said: "We will continue to closely monitor the situation and are in close communication with local and government officials in Haiti.

"At this time, we have not made any decisions regarding future port calls to Labadee."


Image: Protestors came in boats at the Labadee port. Photo: courtesy of Photo by Michael C / Royal Caribbean.