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Living it up next to disaster zone

Issue No. 2185

Rich holidaymakers are sipping rum cocktails on private beaches just a few miles from the disaster as luxury cruise liners continue to dock in Haiti.

More than 4,000 passengers from the massive ship the Independence of the Seas, owned by Royal Caribbean International, were bathing in the Haitian sun three days after the quake – under armed guard.

They went ashore in the resort of Labadee, a privately-leased peninsula sealed off behind 12 foot high fences, to indulge in barbecues and watersports, and buy souvenirs from street markets.

The company planned to send more ships this week.

“I’ll be there on Tuesday and I plan on enjoying my time on the beach,” one passenger wrote on a web forum.

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