With this realization, at a first glance, one might be disgusted with Royal Caribbean, a rich, powerful, first-world entity that came into Labadee in the '90s to lease this private haven. It initially seemed that this cruise company wanted to take full advantage of the beautiful beaches while maximizing its own profits, milking the local habitat for every drop it was worth. Yet, at a closer look, one had to acknowledge the vast amount of time, investment and money Royal Caribbean put into Labadee. In addition to spending millions building a cruise-friendly pier, water and electricity infrastructure, a paved road, a zip line, a roller coaster, picnic areas, shops, restrooms and administrative and residential buildings, it has and continues to employ a couple hundred Haitians for construction, administration, maintenance, security and retail, providing them with regular income they would not otherwise have. Moreover during the cruise season, Royal Caribbean brings thousands of vacationers, mostly Americans, to Labadee each week, encouraging business for local artists and giving each side a chance to meet the other.