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American flight manages to take off after Haiti quake

Despite the success of its neighbor the Dominican Republic in transforming itself into a swank resort destination, Haiti isn't exactly a popular travel destination - unless you have family there or are on an aid mission. Still, American Airlines flies into Port Au Prince several times a day from Miami and New York. One of yesterday's flights was actually boarding during the earthquake that hit the country around 5 p.m. Flight 1908 took off about 90 minutes later - less than half full because most passengers decided to stay, according to CNN and the Wall Street Journal. Since then, American has canceled most flights into the country.

Another Haitian destination travelers may be familiar with is Royal Caribbean's private island called Labadee. It's about 100 miles from Port Au Prince and reportedly has not been damaged, according to CruiseCritic.com. The cruise ship Celebrity Mercury sailed from the Port of Baltimore Monday on an Eastern Caribbean itinerary that normally includes a stop tomorrow at Labadee. No word yet on whether that port call will be skipped.

UPDATE 5:35 P.M.: The Mercury sailing did not include Haiti in its itinerary, according to a spokesperson, who added that there was no damage to the cruise facilities at Labadee, however, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Line ships are waiting for authorization from Haiti before making any further port calls in the short term.

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