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Labadie is located in Haiti
The nation of Haiti, showing Labadie
Coordinates: 19°47′11″N 72°14′44″W / 19.78639°N 72.24556°W / 19.78639; -72.24556
Country Haiti
Beach in Labadee, Haiti

Labadee (French: Labadie) is a private resort located on the northern coast of Haiti within the arrondissement of Cap-Haïtien in the Nord department. In 1985 the government of Haiti under the leadership of the dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier leased the area to Royal Caribbean Group, for the exclusive use of passengers of its three cruise lines: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara Club Cruises.[1] The lease was later extended to 2050. The resort is completely tourist-oriented and is guarded by a private security force. The site is doubly fenced off from the surrounding area; passengers cannot leave the property and locals cannot enter. Food available to tourists is brought from the cruise ships. A controlled group of Haitian merchants are given sole rights to sell merchandise and establish their businesses in the resort. Although sometimes described as an island in advertisements, it is actually a peninsula contiguous with the island of Hispaniola. The cruise ship moors to the pier at Labadee are capable of servicing the Oasis class ships, which was completed in late 2009.[2] The commercial airport that is closest to Labadee is Cap-Haïtien International Airport.

Attractions include a Haitian flea market, beaches, watersports, a water-oriented playground, an alpine coaster, and the largest zip-line over water.[3]


The location is named after Marquis de La Badie, a Frenchman who first settled the area in the 17th century. The peninsula and a village were named Labadie.[4] The cruise company spells the name "Labadee" to make it easier for American English-speakers to pronounce.[4]


The Freedom of the Seas moored in Labadee

Labadee is a 260-acre private resort that was leased to Royal Caribbean Cruises in 1986.[5] In the 1990s, it was variously reported that many cruise ship guests who disembarked at the location were unaware that they were in Haiti[6] - at least in part because the cruise company seemed to have a policy of referring only to Hispaniola, not that they were in Haiti.[7][8]

In November 2001, a crew member from the cruise line Royal Caribbean was attacked on Labadee in an apparent robbery. The assailants were arrested by Haitian police.[9]

Beach in Labadee (Jan 2019)
Beach in Labadee (Jan 2019)

In February 2004, during the 2004 Haitian coup d'état, Royal Caribbean temporarily suspended use of the stop due to the political unrest in the country.[10]

In 2009, Royal Caribbean made US$55 million in improvements to the facilities, including upgrading port facilities to allow the docking of their largest cruise ships.[11]

In January 2010, just after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Royal Caribbean announced its intention to continue cruise stopovers at the port and use cruise ships to ferry relief supplies and personnel. In addition, it would donate US$1 million to fund relief efforts in Haiti.[11]

In January 2016, Haitians in boats protesting against the Haitian government blocked the port. Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas cancelled their port stop on January 19 as a result.[12]

On March 14, 2024, Royal Caribbean suspended cruise calls to Labadee due to widespread gang violence and political upheaval in Haiti. [13]


  1. ^ "Haiti:The island and the outside world". The Economist. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Labadee". www.expedia.com. Retrieved 2007-08-02.
  3. ^ "Labadee". The Washington Post. 2007-01-21. Retrieved 2007-08-02.
  4. ^ a b Cruise Travel, Google Books.
  5. ^ Birch, Gillian (2021-03-26). "Labadee, Haiti: What You Need to Know". Cruise Hive. Retrieved 2024-03-12.
  6. ^ "Could this paradise really be poor, desperate Haiti?". Christian Science Monitor. 25 January 2006. Retrieved 2023-02-04.
  7. ^ AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame, Updated with a New ... - Paul Farmer - Google Books.
  8. ^ Polly Pattullo, Last Resorts: The Cost of Tourism in the Caribbean. Google Books.
  9. ^ RCI Crew Member Attacked in Labadee
  10. ^ "CRUISES / Sittin' on the dock of the Gulf". The San Francisco Chronicle. 2004-02-27.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ a b Robert Booth (2010-01-17). "Cruise ships still find a Haitian berth". The Guardian. London.
  12. ^ Golden, Fran (January 20, 2016). "Cruise ship turns away from Haiti amid protests". USA Today. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  13. ^ "Royal Caribbean suspends cruise visits to Haiti's Labadee amid gang violence". Reuters. 14 March 2024. Retrieved March 14, 2024.

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