From: Ray Goldenberg on 3 Dec 2009 09:05
I received this press release from Royal Caribbean and thought it
would be of interest.
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Labadee beach destination for Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas
Thursday, 03 December 2009
A longtime favorite port of call for guests sailing on select Eastern
and Western Caribbean itineraries, Royal Caribbean International�s
private beach destination of Labadee, Haiti now boasts extensive new
infrastructure enhancements and amenities for guests. This multi-year
development project will be completed in time to welcome Royal
Caribbean�s newest and most innovative cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas,
on the ship�s December 1, 2009, special voyage.
Refurbishments at the exclusive island destination located on the
north coast of Haiti began in the summer of 2007 as a joint venture
between the Haitian government and Royal Caribbean International. The
primary areas of focus under the development plan included renovations
to the island�s pier to allow for the accommodation of Royal
Caribbean�s Freedom- and Oasis-class ships, an overhaul of the
facilities and dining venues, and a complete revamp of Labadee�s
upland areas, including the construction of new bars and the
renourishment of area beaches.
To date, all renovations to the pier and dining venues have been
completed, establishing a 57 percent growth in dining capacity and
introducing a new pier area that stretches 1,300 feet (Pier and
Trestle) in length and allows the berth of the 225,282 GRT Oasis of
Two areas new to Labadee and central to the redesign of the
destination are Dragon�s Plaza and Labadee Town Square, both of which
offer convenient meeting places where guests can enjoy the rich
Haitian culture and take in shopping, shows, cultural activities and
other memorable experiences. Within Dragon�s Plaza, Columbus Cove
Beach offers family-friendly attractions including water slides, which
complement the area�s aqua park. Labadee Town Square boasts an
expanded version of the popular artisan market and a festive
atmosphere that comes alive with music, folkloric dancers and more.
Adventure-hungry guests will find a fresh variety of activities and
redesigned public areas elsewhere on Labadee, including the new
Dragon�s Tail Coaster, offering a high-speed ride through 2,232 feet
of the destination�s tropical flora and rock formations. Upland-area
favorites like Barefoot Beach Club, dedicated for the use of Royal
Caribbean�s suite guests, offers enhanced food and beverage services,
and a total of 20 private cabanas are available for rent along the
water�s edge and within the hillside areas. The spa facilities at
Barefoot Beach have also been revamped to provide an Oasis-like feel,
and an expanded area has been set aside for yoga classes and other spa
�Oasis will offer a new dimension to our onboard guest experience,�
said Adam Goldstein, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.
�These new major additions to Labadee will further expand offerings
for our guests, and we couldn�t think of a better way to celebrate the
first sailing of Oasis of the Seas than with a special cruise to our
already popular private beach destination.�
The new adventures join a list of already popular activities,
including the Dragon�s Breath Flightline, which was introduced in 2007
and offers pristine aerial views of Labadee�s coral reefs and crystal
blue waters for individuals brave enough to take the ride down the
2,633 foot cable zip-line. Labadee�s Wave Jet Adventure also is still
available, offering guided journeys down one of the wildest coasts in
the Caribbean via personal SeeDoo watercrafts.
Naturally, with Oasis of the Seas introducing additional calls to
Labadee and other ports on the ship�s Eastern Caribbean itinerary,
shore excursions and tour capacities at each stop have increased. On
Labadee guests can discover and engage with the area�s picturesque
landscape no matter what their tolerance for adventure may be with
newly-introduced tours including the High Speed Coastal Cruise & Swim
excursion and the Discover Haiti Coastal Cruise.
Visits to St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and Nassau also offer new ways to
explore each of the islands, with at least two new excursions
available at each port of call. Golf fans can tee up for a 9-hole
round at One&Only Golf Course in Nassau, exclusively offered for Royal
Caribbean guests and those visiting Atlantis, Paradise Island;
adventure seekers can pay a visit to �The Extreme� � a 930 foot cable
zip-line suspended 120 feet in the air, and a new addition to St.
Maarten; and guests to St. Thomas can now enjoy three new snorkel
excursions or sign up for the new St. Thomas Spotlight 5-Star Island
Tour � the first island tour in the Caribbean to offer headset
commentary for visitors. These tours will be offered exclusively for
Oasis of the Seas guests for the first six months of the ship�s
operation, after which they will be introduced to all Royal Caribbean
guests on ships that call on these ports.
From: Bill on 4 Dec 2009 00:32
On 12/3/2009 9:05 AM, Ray Goldenberg wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> I received this press release from Royal Caribbean and thought it
> would be of interest.
> Labadee beach destination for Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas
> Thursday, 03 December 2009
> A longtime favorite port of call for guests sailing on select Eastern
> and Western Caribbean itineraries, Royal Caribbean International�s
> private beach destination of Labadee, Haiti now boasts extensive new
> infrastructure enhancements and amenities for guests. This multi-year
> development project will be completed in time to welcome Royal
> Caribbean�s newest and most innovative cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas,
> on the ship�s December 1, 2009, special voyage.
HUH? They're announcing on 12/3/09 that they are starting a new
multi-year project that will be completed by 12/1/09???
From: Charles on 4 Dec 2009 08:14
In article <4B189EE5.5000909(a)prodigy.net>, Bill <billrubin(a)prodigy.net>
> HUH? They're announcing on 12/3/09 that they are starting a new
> multi-year project that will be completed by 12/1/09???
No. They are announcing that the project will be "completed" for the
Oasis's December 1 voyage. The voyage started December 1 and finishes
December 5. The multi year project started a few years ago.