It’s day 4 onboard the Oasis of the Seas. We set sail from Fort Lauderdale on Saturday and docked at our first port of call yesterday in Labadee, Haiti which is an Island owned by Royal Caribbean. It’s beautiful and very hot. Labadee is on the north coast of Hispaniola, and Christopher Columbus was the first European to set foot here in 1492 when the Santa Maria ran aground on Christmas Day. Labadee was developed by Royal Caribbean specifically for tourists and has an aqua park, zip lining, lots of water activities and local shops and restaurants. The RC staff are all locals, really friendly and seem genuinely delighted to see the tourists arriving.
We did a speedboat coastal tour and snorkelling which took about an hour and a half. The water of the Caribbean was even hotter than in Miami and really comforting. Being a bit of a scaredy cat I volunteered to sit in the back of the rib on the way back, which automatically volunteered Paul. The tour guide saw the look of disappointment on his face but made it up to him, by letting him drive the speedboat back to the coast. I wasn’t even slightly nervous…
We’ll arrive in Falmouth in about an hour. It’s on the Northern coast of Jamaica, about 18 miles from Montego Bay. The ‘Best of Jamaica’ excursion which will take us to Ocho Rios and Dunn’s River Falls. Looking forward to this one, it’s described as ‘strenuous’ so I’ll skip the daily 5k jog around the ship today. (There’s a running track on Deck 5, seriously.)
I haven’t written much about the cruise and the ship yet. It’s a post in itself so I’ll do a separate piece on it at the end of the trip. Hope you’re enjoying the Clog (cruise blog, stole this one from Paul O’Sullivan) and will tell you all about Jamaica in the next post.