Royal Caribbean’s private stop, called Labadee, is located on Haiti. It is an area of land owned by the cruise line. On the resort, there are beaches, restaurants, water slides and many other fun things to do. We visited this port just before the massive earthquake that struck the island a few years ago.
It’s a beautiful place filled with bright white sand and light blue waters. Hammocks on trees lightly swaying to the Caribbean breeze beckons visitors to come take a nap. However, there is something a bit unsettling about the place. On one side of the gigantic fence was a beautiful resort filled with people enjoying a vacation and on the other side folks trying to survive in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country. It was hard for me to enjoy my time knowing that people were suffering so close and could witness our lavishness right in front of them. The local people do work the resort and it does help bring needed cash to the area. Yet still, I couldn’t help but contemplate the sheer inequity that exists in our world.