Cruise lines donate to hurricane relief efforts

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) and The Walt Disney Company pledged to donate $1 million to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in The Bahamas yesterday, while Carnival Corporation pledged its support to help The Bahamas rebuild.

In separate statements, the major cruise lines that frequent The Bahamas and have major, upcoming development projects in this country, have committed to helping the islands affected by Hurricane Dorian.

Disney pledged $1 million in cash and in-kind support, while RCI and its joint venture company with ITM Group, Holistica, pledged $100,000.

RCI stated that it will be working along with the government and the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) to ensure the money gets to where it is needed most.

“To make sure our donations go where they can do the most good, we are collaborating with the Bahamian government and our non-profit partner, the Pan American Development Foundation, and a network of Bahamian charities and organizations, including the Bahamas Feeding Network,” the statement revealed.

“We are loading all kinds of goods onto our ships — generators, water, cleaning supplies, clean sheets, towels and more — for direct delivery to The Bahamas. The trained employee volunteers we call the GO Team are on their way to assist with relief efforts. And we’re taking special care of coworkers and their families who were affected by the storm. 

“Our donation includes matching every dollar of guest and employee donations to PADF so they can help our friends as well.”

RCI added a link for anyone wanting to donate to relief efforts:

Disney said in its statement that it is committed to assisting The Bahamas’ agencies with relief efforts. 

President of Disney Cruise Line Jeff Vahle said his company will aid the affected communities through funding and supplies.

“The Bahamas is such a special place to us and our guests and we have watched the devastation created by Hurricane Dorian with concern and heartache,” he said.

“We stand with the Bahamian people and especially those in Abaco and Grand Bahama, as they recover from the worst storm to ever make landfall in The Bahamas. As the needs in these communities are assessed, we are prepared to aid the relief and recovery efforts through funding, the provision of supplies and by providing support to our Bahamian crew members.”

Disney stated that it hopes its $1 million commitment will “provide much-needed relief and help to our neighbors, colleagues and all those impacted by this devastating storm”.

“Additionally, Disney employees with immediate needs in impacted areas of The Bahamas will have access to a range of resources,” Disney noted.

“Disney Castaway Cay, which experienced tropical force strength winds, employs more than 60 Bahamians from Abaco and Grand Bahama, as well as several employees from other Bahamian islands.”

Carnival Corporation Chief Executive Officer Arnold Donald said in his statement that the company looks forward to supporting the rebuilding and recovery of Abaco and Grand Bahama.

“To our friends in The Bahamas, please know you will not be alone in your effort,” Donald said.

“All of us at Carnival Corporation pledge to work with you. We have been and remain in constant contact with government officials as they determine the highest priorities for both the short term and long term.” 

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Chester Robards

Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian. Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism

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