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Cruise ship turns away from Haiti amid protests

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 (Photo: Royal Caribbean International)

Passengers on Royal Caribbean’s 3,782-passenger Freedom of the Seas may have been expecting a day at the beach at the cruise line’s multi-million dollar private resort in Labadee, Haiti. But on Tuesday the ship was greeted at the popular port by protestors in boats and the cruise line canceled the visit.

Haitians have been widely protesting as the country prepares for a presidential and legislative runoff election on Sunday.

“When Freedom of the Seas arrived to Labadee, Haiti, the ship encountered a number of locals in small boats staging a protest,” Royal Caribbean said in a statement. “Although this protest was peaceful in nature, it was clear that if the protest continued, there would be a significant impact on our guests’ ability to enjoy Labadee.”

The ship remained at sea before heading to today’s port of call in Falmouth, Jamaica.

The next Royal Caribbean ship scheduled to visit Labadee, a peninsula about 100 miles from Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, is the 3,686-passenger Navigator of the Seas on Thursday.

“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,” the line said.

Among the big attractions at the cruise line’s extensive setup on Labadee is the Dragon’s Breath Flight Line – which at 2,600 feet is said by Royal Caribbean to be the longest zip line over water in the world.

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