Royal Caribbean International canceled the Navigator
of the Seas’ scheduled port call at Labadee, Haiti, on Jan. 21, after
encountering a flotilla of protesters in small boats.
It was the second straight call that had been canceled,
following a similar situation on Jan. 19 upon arrival of the Freedom of the
Haiti has national elections on Jan. 24.
In a statement, Royal Caribbean said it has not
received any guarantees or assurances that there will not be any protests in
the future. "If a protest takes place while a ship is port, there would be
a significant impact on our guests’ ability to enjoy Labadee, or we may have to
cancel the visit completely,” the statement said.
The next ship scheduled to call at Labadee is Vision
of the Seas on Jan. 24. Royal Caribbean said no decisions have been made about
any upcoming port calls at Labadee, and that it will closely monitor the
situation by communicating with local and national officials.
Labadee is Royal Caribbean's private destination.