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Cruise Recap Cont’d – Day Three

Posted on February 7, 2016 by under Travel, Zumba.    

Day three was our day in Labadee, Haiti. All throughout the cruise we were very worried about being able to port in Labadee because of protests and political unrest. We heard that the week before three cruise ships were turned away.

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I would have been really upset if we couldn’t port in Labadee because it’s the location of the live concert that was one of the biggest draws of the cruise. I don’t know where the concert would have been held otherwise.

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We didn’t hear otherwise, so it seemed like everything was still a go for the live concert and festivities in Labadee.

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My first masterclass of the day was with the talented and beautiful ZES Marcie Benavides.

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One of the best aspects of her class is the live mixing by her gorgeous husband, DJ Francis. They make such a great team.

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She had a couple of guests to help teach class but I forget their names.

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Here are a couple of short video clips from class:

I’m sorry for the poor video quality. My phone takes crappy vids and I don’t know how to upload them properly to maximize quality. Just go with us next time.

This woman is amazing. Definitely one of my Zumba idols.

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She looks just as good after class. It’s like magic.

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Here’s a class going on at the Royal Promenade as we walked by.

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Zumba celebrities Armanda Salcedo and Heidy Torres teamed up with Gina Grant and Dahrio Wonder. I think it was billed as an Armando and Heidy class with Gina and Dahrio doing an extended cameo.

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It was amazing! Everyone seemed to be having a blast.

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Do you see Todd and Missy?

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Here are some video clips from their class…

There was Zumba going on everywhere on the ship. You couldn’t turn and not hear Zumba music.

Everyone was doing Zumba; including the ship staff.

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Another fun class going on that morning was the Loretta Bates and Kass Martin team up at the main pool deck.

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They also had a great crowd considering it was a port day.

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Here’s an Aqua Zumba class at the H20 Zone.

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Here’s a photo from Beto’s class at the main pool deck.

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I kid you not. There were hundreds of Zumba classes offered throughout the week and dozens going on simultaneously at any given time.

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Speaking of Zumba idols, Beto is THE MAN.

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Here are a couple of great videos I found on YouTube that will give you a great idea of what it was like aboard the cruise ship. I don’t think Royal Caribbean has ever seen a chartered cruise quite like this one.

Beto and the Zumba Fitness team “Zumbafied” the entire ship.

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Here’s a cool but trippy panoramic photo of Labadee.

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We met up with Missy and Todd for lunch and then we were off to find the concert site.

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Ran into DJ Gringo as we got off the ship.

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We ended up walking behind the royal family: Dahrio Wonder, Gina Grant and their two girls. It’s amazing how much their kids have grown. I remember when they were little babies. Now they are taller than Gina.

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We got to the beach and found a great spot.

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We were right by all of the Zumba celebrities.

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The guy in the blue short-sleeved shirt and hat is Armando.

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Here’s a pic of me with ZES Betsy Dopico. She is amazing!

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And one of me with ZES Hermann Melo and ZES David Velez.

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And a pic of me and Missy with DJ Francis.

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And me and Beto. I spare you the details of how he tried to fake strangle me because I was makulit. Dude with the big hair in the background was kind of grouchy.

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Here’s an obligatory concert selfie.

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Here’s a great photo of J. Perry.

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Queen of the Caribbean Alison Hinds called Beto to the stage.

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I wish we could have stayed for Machel Montano’s full set but I had to make it back to the ship for ZES Tony Witt’s masterclass. He was the only one we didn’t get to watch all the way through. A local act opened the concert followed by T-Micky, J. Perry, Admiral T, Alison Hinds, and Machel Montano performed last.

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On the way back to the ship, we ran into another one of my Zumba idols, none other than ZES Loretta Bates. She is so inspiring!

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Love! Love! Love!

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Meanwhile back at the ship… We met up with the gang at dinner. No pictures of people because we were busy enjoying our food.

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This was the night that Rob ate three whole entrees, in addition to his starter and dessert. A bunch of us ordered the shrimp dish pictured above. Rob was a bit disappointed because you didn’t get a lot of shrimp. He thought he was going to starve and asked for the chicken marsala entree also. Before his chicken marsala arrived, our server brought an extra lasagna to the table. Not having been satisfied by the shrimps, Rob claimed that as well. He ate wiped all three plates clean. He earned every single one with all the Zumba we’d been doing all week.

Brian had the lasagna also. He said it was delicious and possibly the best lasagna he’s ever had. He let me have a bite. It was indeed pretty good. I had contemplating ordering one for myself in addition to my shrimp, except our server offered me another.

“Would you like another?” he asked when he came back to check on our table. “Sure,” I replied. I don’t think he expected that. LOL. I think he was thinking I would say the opposite. We were among friends though so we weren’t afraid to eat like hogs. Don’t even get me started on desserts. We each would order two and three of them at a time. This is why people always end up gaining five to ten pounds on a cruise.

Anyway, the dinners at the main dining room were always fantastic and the service was top notch. We tried to get Franklin every night after our first dining experience but it never worked out. We got different servers each time but they were all great. I feel really bad for those don’t venture beyond the buffet for their meals. I don’t mind the buffet when I’m in a hurry but I’d eat all my meals in the dining room if I could.

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