Posted by: Jerry Garrett | April 17, 2010

Oasis of the Seas Returns to Labadee

Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas (Jerry Garrett Photo)

Royal Caribbean‘s Oasis of the Seas, the world’s biggest cruise ship, begins new Western Caribbean itineraries May 1 that include a day in Ladabee, Haiti.

This will mark the huge ship’s first trip back to Haiti since January, when the country was devastated by an earthquake. Royal Caribbean received criticism from some quarters for continuing to have its ships stop at its private destination in Labadee, which is about 60 miles north of the worst quake damage. Oasis, however, was diverted away.

Oasis at Labadee in December 2009

Since then Oasis, launched in November 2009, has been instead spending most of its seven-day itineraries at sea, eschewing its planned stop at Labadee – even though Royal Caribbean had spent a bundle on a new dock for Labadee, expressly to be able to handle the super-ship (which is too big for most ports’ docks).

But the May 1 sailing out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida’s Port Everglades includes a May 3 stop at the resort. Now, Oasis will alternate each week between “Western Caribbean” itineraries that stop for a day in Labadee, and “Eastern Caribbean” routes that are without a Haiti stop. So, Oasis will only stop in Labadee two days a month, in this rotation. The Western route also includes new stops in Mexico for the first time, at Costa Maya and Cozumel. The Eastern route includes calls at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Nassau in The Bahamas.

The ship recently set a Guinness world record by carrying a load of over 6,000 passengers.

Jerry Garrett

April 17, 2010

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