Spotted: Is Labadie closer to reopening?

The rumor mill has been swirling lately with the unconfirmed possibility that Royal Caribbean’s other private destination could reopen.

Labadee, a private destination in northwest Haiti, has been closed since cruises halted in 2020. While Perfect Day at Cococay has reopened, Labadee has not and there have been no lots of details about why or when he might resume.

So far, scheduled visits to Labadee have been regularly canceled and replaced with visits to other ports.

There are two very circumstantial new pieces of evidence that indicate Labadee may be welcoming guests again sooner rather than later.

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First, Harmony of the Seas is set to head there next week when it departs on January 23, 2022.

According to the Royal Caribbean app, Harmony is scheduled to visit Labadee on Sailing Day 5 during her 5-night Western Caribbean cruise.

Of course, routes may change at any time.

Someone also shared a message on Facebook, saying that the visit to Labadee is planned and that a “trial cruise” is heading there on January 27th.

The other thing we spotted is that Royal Caribbean is actively recruiting for Labadee, posting an opening on social media for a shore excursion manager to work at Labadee.

Royal Caribbean has made no announcement regarding whether or not Labadee will reopen.

So far, the only public comments have been made in emails to customers on booked sailings that have had to be re-routed.

Labadee is a 260-acre private destination that Royal Caribbean has operated since 1986 and has been visited by Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises ships.

Challenges for Labadee

Labadie Guide & Tips |  Royal Caribbean Blog

It’s not entirely clear why Royal Caribbean hasn’t resumed visits to Labadee.

Haiti has faced the assassination of its president, as well as a major earthquake.

The US State Department lists Haiti as having a Level 4 Do Not Visit warning, which is the highest level of warning to avoid travel.

Should we expect cruises to visit Labadee?

Anthem of the Seas Live Blog - Day 7 - Labadee |  Royal Caribbean Blog

It is still too early to say what to expect for Labadee and when the ships will return there.

Certainly, ancillary evidence after months of little to no updates or information is a step in the right direction, but we are still lacking confirmation from Royal Caribbean.

For now, we will keep an eye on the situation and share any updates if the situation changes.

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