The liner Oasis of the Seas, the building of tourism the largest and most expensive ever launched, docked Thursday Labadie in the northern island of Haiti, the first leg of his maiden voyage, found a corresponding AFP.
The giant sea 360 meters long, docked in the early morning in this seaside resort. Its more than 5,000 passengers quickly disembarked, with the Prime Minister of Haiti Jean-Max Bellerive, and several ministers from the host.
Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, hoping that the cruise and this ship in particular, will help boost tourism, wholesale supplier of currency.
The resort of Labadie, like the Oasis of the Seas, operated by the American company Royal Caribbean. Although located within five kilometers of Cap-Haitien, the great city of the north, this idyllic, turquoise, is isolated from the rest of the country.
Based in Fort Lauderdale (Florida, southeastern United States), the Oasis of the Seas, which employs 2,400 members of the crew, began commercial operations on Tuesday.
The prices of cruises this titan of the seas, which cost $ 1.3 billion in manufacturing in Finland ranged from 800 to $ 5,800 depending on length and level chosen.
Some 70% of Haitians live on less than two dollars a day.
Source AFP HPN