Together with two friends, I went on a one week cruise on Freedom of the Seas, currently the largest cruise ship in the world.
The cruise ship stopped at Royal Caribbean's private beach resort, Labadee, in a fenced off area in Haiti. I also ventured into Cap-Haïtien, the second largest city the country.
The second stop for Freedom of the Seas, was San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The ship also stopped at the world's smallest island that is divided between two countries.
I stayed a few days in Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, and one of the murder capitals of the world.
I was 4 days in Cuba's capital, Havana. Once a beautiful city, decades of communism and embargo have left much of it looking like a war zone.
My last stop on this Caribbean vacation was the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo. This city was one of the first European settlements in the New World.