CruiseShips bring supplies, companies donate funds for recovery

Cruise lines rush to aid victims of Hurricane Dorian

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Hurricane Dorian is reported to have damaged or destroyed 13,000 homes in the Bahamas. Photo Credit: Smart/GettyImages
Through our partnership with All Hands and Hearts, we vow to match all donations collected to support the country’s rebuilding efforts.– Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

MIAMI - International cruise lines are racing to help the citizens of the Bahamas to recover from the devastating impact of hurricane Dorian.

Dorian, the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane on record, destroyed or damaged 13,000 homes and smashed infrastructure, including the region’s airports.

Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings Ltd has pledged US$1 million to Dorian relief and is sending a ship, the Norwegian Breakaway, with hurricane relief supplies donated by NCLH and its employees and local charities to Nassau, Great Harbor Cay and the company's private island Great Stirrup Cay.

NCLH will also match donations dollar-for-dollar to its Hope Starts Here charity, launched in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

Donations will assist with rebuilding efforts across the island, including debris clean-up and removal, and the delivery of supplies and temporary shelters.

Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., said, “We have been cruising to these islands for over 50 years and remain committed to its wonderful people during this unprecedented event.  

“Through our partnership with All Hands and Hearts, we vow to match all donations collected to support the country’s rebuilding efforts.”

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. plans to deliver 20,000 meals a day to Grand Bahama residents. For the near future, the line will take one of its ships headed for the Bahamas or the Caribbean and divert it for several hours to deliver on the commitment.

Carnival Corp's philanthropic arm, Carnival Foundation, and its nine global cruise line brands will donate US$1 million in Bahamas relief, while its charity, the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, pledged another US$1 million.

Carnival said a portion of the combined pledge will immediately go to support efforts being managed by Direct Relief, an international humanitarian organisation.

Royal Caribbean International and Disney Cruise Line, which both operate private island destinations in the Bahamas, each committed US$1 million in hurricane relief aid.

Royal is sending ships with generators, water, cleaning supplies, clean sheets, towels, and more to distribute in the Bahamas. Royal is also matching every dollar passengers and employees donate to its non-profit partner, the Pan American Development Foundation.

Disney is also offering resources to the 60 Bahamians that work at its island, Castaway Cay.


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