8hrs in Labadee, Haiti

Our first port of call onboard Royal Caribbean Navigator of The Seas: Labadee, Haiti

I had stopped worrying about the length of time we’d been given on this beautiful island, nestled on the northern coast of Haiti. Eight hours may sound suffice but when you combined the impatience of your 5 and 3 year old kids, the 24/7 summery weather and the gorgeous pristine waters where you can practically admire your toes all the way through regardless of how deep you’ve gone in, you have to assume that anything less than a day will instantly feel like too little time. In any case, as it’s customary with cruise ship, you’re always allotted a certain amount of time at each port of call and I felt we made the most of our time to the point of exhaustion.

Watching from top deck as people began off-boarding to the island.

On every single island, we always made sure we got off as soon as possible.

"Adventure, exploration and relaxation is only the start of what this ultimate private destination has to offer" and the craziest part of it all is that unless you’re a vacationer onboard Royal Caribbean, it’s unlikely you’ll step foot on the island because it’s the cruiseline’s 260-acre private beach resort which apparently they’ve continued to lease from the Haitian government since 1986.

Overly priced beach cabanas near the end of Barefoot Beach

It’s very difficult to critize anything from Labadee because everyone was truly friendly as far as the staff but once we got to the Artisan Market situated, it became incredibly overwhelming to demonstrate an iota of interest in any of the beautiful handmade souvenirs for sale. It was nearly impossible to set your eyes on anything without having the sellers harassing and eager for your business. I personally cannot shop like that but was able to purchase a few knick-knacks from Yolanda who right off the bat told me, “I’m not going to sell you anything…you come to me when you’re ready."

Barefoot Beach is where we opted to stay at for the the day

 Preparing for our snorkeling excursion with my 5-year old son Evan.

Preparing for our snorkeling excursion with my 5-year old son Evan.

When it comes to excursions, we typically tend to book them on our own on whichever island we dock, as oppose to acquiring a tour via the cruiseline themselves, simply because they’re often double the cost. In this case, because it’s a private island, we didn’t have an option so I booked a 2hr Safari Snorkeling excursion for Evan and myself for a whopping $100. The wallet hurt but the experience at the end was well worth it with my son.

The boat road to our snorkeling destination was 10-minutes away from the actual island

Evan was the youngest in the snorkeling group.

 Evan hopped on to the kayak after he got exhausted from snorkeling

Evan hopped on to the kayak after he got exhausted from snorkeling

Our snorkel tour guide enthusiastically showing us a crab he captured with his bare hands

We were treated to some rum punch after snorkeling

Dragon’s Breath Flight Line: Swoop down along the longest zip line in the world over water.