Royal Caribbean suspends Labadee calls

2024-03-27T19:36:11+00:00 March 27th, 2024|Safety|

On 14th March, Royal Caribbean Group (RCI) suspended calls to Labadee, a secluded peninsula in Haiti, for seven days.

This follows months of escalating violence in the country, a senior company executive said on social media.

The company will continue the suspension of three days advance notice to guests sailing on impacted itineraries, as is required.

RCI’s President and CEO, Michael Bayley, said: “Violence by powerful armed gangs had gripped Haiti, causing thousands to flee their homes, after anti-government protests broke out early in February.

“The violent clashes in the capital Port-au-Prince had damaged communications and led to prison breaks, culminating in the resignation of Prime Minister, Ariel Henry,“ he said.

RCI’s global security team “is closely monitoring the evolving situation in Haiti,” a company spokesperson said, adding that the temporary adjustments to sailings resulted from “an abundance of caution”.

The company told travel agents in an email seen by Reuters that itineraries with stops in Labadee will be replaced with a stop in Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas or an extra day at sea.

Labadee, which is leased by RCI, represents a fraction of deployment to the region so the cancellations should not have a significant impact, Morningstar equity analyst, Jaime Katz said.

RCI also said the civil unrest in Port au Prince is 128 miles south of Labadee, or about six-and-a-half-hour drive.