Day 2 (or our first full day), we spent the entire day cruising on the ocean. Did a little exploring of the ship. Had some great food. Went to a great concert. Great day with family and new friends.
On Day 3 (2nd full day), was sound asleep and a slight jarring of the ship woke me up. Mom and Teresa were still sound asleep. I peeked through the curtains and low and behold. Land. And even better, mountains. Of course I grabbed my camera right quick and out onto the balcony I went. As the ship was pulling up to the dock, captured some photos. Wanted to get some photos from the top of the ship, so threw on some clothes and took off. There were some people leaving the ship as soon as we docked. I guess they had early morning reservations for some adventure.
Went back to the room and we all got ready and went and had breakfast. I was amazed with those breakfast spreads. Their chefs / cooks are amazing. Which reminds me of the employees on the ship. All employees wear name tags and what country they are from. I don’t recall seeing any ship employee from the United States. It was interesting looking at their name tags and seeing all the different countries that they were from.
So, after breakfast, our group met and we left the ship for our shore excursion on the private beach resort. 3 of the gals had purchased a zip line package. The rest of us were just going to play it by ear.
We first took off on a tram ride across the resort area. The tram consisted of a tram pulled by a blue tractor. It’s not a huge area, so the ride didn’t take all that long. Between the beach on the outer side of the island, and the beach on the lagoon side, there is a pretty good sized shopping area where the locals sell their wares. Hear that they pressure you big time through here, so we decided that we probably wouldn’t shop in this section.
After the ride, people were lining up for lunch. The ship personnel put together a great spread in a couple of locations. After lunch, most everyone took to the shade. Not me. I was ready to explore and take photos. I wanted to get to the other side of the island without having to go through the pressurized shopping area. I found a path. I first found a walkway up a hill. Once at the top, it seemed like many years ago it may have been an old bath house. Took a few photos and continued on the main trail. Passed a more private beach where people probably paid a pretty good price to be on a beach that wasn’t as crowded. Kept on walking and eventually arrived at a very popular beach in the lagoon. My goal was to get some ship photos from across the lagoon. I loved taking photos of that ship. I was always enthralled at the size. After getting my photos there, headed back and met up with the others.
There was one last thing that I wanted to do. There was a pathway near the spa that took you to an outcropping of rocks called “Dragons Breath”. As I was walking towards the outcropping, saw a ship employee unlocking the gate. What timing. If I had gone earlier, I would have thought it was a place you weren’t allowed to visit because of the locked gate and wouldn’t have seen this. Walked out on the outcropping and the mountain and beach views were great. The ocean water was hitting the rocks and creating a spray. But, why is this called Dragons Breath? When you go out towards the tiny gazebo like structure, there is a hole in the rocks. When the water hits the rocks and recedes, it sounds like there is “breathing” sound coming out of the hole. It was very cool.
Okay, time to meet up with family and friends and head back to the ship. Tomorrow? San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Went a little photo crazy on this one.
Our first full day on the water. No land in sight. Sun reflecting on the water.
And then looking in the other direction. Our room was on 6th floor above the lifeboats.
Liked coming into the room in the evenings with beds turned down and an animal made out of a towel
Arriving in Labadee, Haiti. My first view of land.
View in the other direction
Being greeted by people on jet skis
Looks like some little homemade boat
Decided to see what things looked like from the top of the ship
Mountain / bay view
As soon as the doors opened, a slight few people taking off for a day of adventure
Nice view from other side of ship
As we were leaving the ship, zoomed in on people already enjoying one of the beaches
Pretty / clear / rocky water
Looking back at that awesome ship
Wendy, Tammy, and Kat posing for a photo before going to do their practice run prior to the official zip line run
Welcome to Labadee
Gives you an idea of what you will be seeing today
Musicians greeted us as we entered. Mary Jo showing off her dancing skills.
Mary Jo, June, Teresa, mom, and myself. You see the tractor to the right that pulls the tram.
That’s where the gals will be going, on top of that mountain, for their zip line adventure
On the tram, going through the area with shopping shacks
While the others were standing in line for lunch, I ran out to take some photos of the outer beach
And while I was taking some beach photos, here came some zip-liners
Great little spot for shopping
This has me baffled
Heading up to what ended up being like an old bath-house area with slight views
This was the best view that I got up at the old bath-house
One of the beaches
Another beach view
One of my best ship photos from one of the beaches
Heading to Dragons Lookout Point
See that gazebo in the background? That is approximately where you hear the dragons breath.
View of the outer beach from the path to Dragons Breath
This was the best photo that I could get of the water crashing against the rocks
We’re back on the ship. Ready to capture photos from our departure.
Continuing our departure from Labadee
As we sailed around the bend, another mountain range in the background