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A cruise ship's impact on Haiti

A cruise ship's impact on Haiti

The sun was bright, the sky was blue, the ocean was turquoise and the beach was white. Not far away were mountains draped with lush foliage and tropical birds singing as they flew among flowers. A number of vacationers were parasailing, snorkeling, kayaking and swimming in the water, though most lounged on the sand slowly sipping cocktails, their sun-soaked bodies on display. Some were napping in cabanas as others enjoyed ocean view massages. Nearby, a local musical group was humming soothing Caribbean tunes. Within minutes a shuttle was driving up to take me and other guests the half kilometer away to the Artisans' Market of open-air boutiques, cafes and more idyllic scenery.