Royal Caribbean International has announced that it has cancelled the port call of Navigator of the Seas in Labadee, Haiti, which was originally scheduled for Thursday, January 21. The move follows a previous cancellation of Freedom of the Seas' call in Labadee on Tuesday.
"On Tuesday, January 19, 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, Royal Caribbean cancelled Freedom of the Seas’ port call to Labadee and withdrew all employees from the site."
Royal Caribbean said that it has not received any guarantees or assurances that there will not be any protests in the future, and that, if a protest takes place while a ship is in port, there could be a significant impact on guests' ability to enjoy the destination, or the line might have to cancel the visit completely.
Royal Caribbean said that it will continue to closely monitor the situation and that the line is in close communication with local and government officials in Haiti. The line said it has not made any decisions regarding upcoming calls in Labadee, the next of which is scheduled for Sunday, January 24, by Vision of the Seas.
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