Another kind of Palm (Sun)Day

Palm Sunday was glorious and all, just as it tolls in Holy Week each year.

Yet this afternoon, with a cloudy day outside, I’m harkening back to another kind of Palm Day, our port in Labadee, Haiti, first stop on our Cruise! Some palm-waving family memories:

Greg and I woke up early and watched Cuba’s coast disappear and Haiti’s northern edge appear from bed, then from chairs on our own cabin deck. It was cool that our first stop was visible for our side (Starboard, we’d mastered by then!) of the ship. We got closer and closer, and I finally got up from our relaxing spot to take this shot (and to go grab a coffee from Central Park’s Cafe, just one deck down):

One of our first views of Haiti.
One of our first views of Haiti.

As we docked, we could see why this port needed to be built especially for Oasis of the Seas. It’s the largest cruise ship in the world, and not all ports can accommodate it. Here’s a view from our cabin deck. The anticipation of our day on the beaches was palpable (or was that the neat Haitian music coming from the band down below?):

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Further aft on our ship, this was our view during a quick breakfast. This is actually a private peninsula, rented by Royal Caribbean.

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We quickly packed up sunscreen, our Sea Passes, camera and grabbed a towel as we disembarked. Easiest prep for a day at the beach EVER!

A little pic with our home for the week in the background as went went off to play in the palms.
A little pic with our home for the week in the background as went went off to play in the palms.

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Pretty coastline, huh? Yeah, well, those rocks eat ankles.
Pretty coastline, huh? Yeah, well, those rocks eat ankles.

We discovered there are 4 beaches at Labadee, and of course we explored them all!

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They fondly named their raft the "Red Bed."
They fondly named their raft the “Red Bed.”

 

Dr. Matt may just live in that hut part of the year when his practice gets going...
Dr. Matt may just live in that hut part of the year when his practice gets going…


Greg and I will visit him...
Greg and I will visit him…

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me and j in haiti

 

j in haiti

After a lovely Caribbean BBQ on the beach, some of us napped…

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IMG_4901 IMG_4911A bit more play…

 

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and with our fill of Labadee sun, sand and ankle-eating rocks on the first beach, we headed back “home.”

We showered, changed for dinner and were back on our cabin deck to watch our departure. Well, some of us were. The young ladies apparently did not get enough water and sun, so they headed up to the pool deck for more.

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It was a glorious day that started our port experiences perfectly. Thank you, Haiti. We’ll be back!

 

 

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One thought on “Another kind of Palm (Sun)Day

  1. Breath-taking views, stunning commentaries, except for “rocks eat ankles”!  What a treasure for family. Love, Dad

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