SYDNEY – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd is to offer complimentary cruises to support people affected by recent wild fires in Australia and California. The cruise line will also dedicate a ship in China to a series of complimentary sailings at a later date.
Two RCCL ships will sail on humanitarian missions from Sydney and Los Angeles.
RCCL said it was offering the cruises at a time “when it feels like there are too many disasters around the world and not enough relief”.
“When things go wrong, this is a company that wants to find a way to help," said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Mr Fain said Royal Caribbean is also working with its suppliers to deliver one million N-95 protective masks into China for government distribution into areas affected by the coronavirus.
Spectrum of the Seas will be deployed on complimentary cruises sailing from Sydney in support of Australia's first responder community, who worked tirelessly during the recent bushfires.
“By welcoming and accommodating them aboard Spectrum of the Seas, we hope to recognise their contribution and offer them our hospitality," said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International.
Bayley noted that the ship and its crew have not been in China for more than two weeks, exceeding public health guidelines.
When circumstances improve, Bayley said, Royal Caribbean International would dedicate a ship in China to a series of complimentary sailings to thank first responders and medical personnel for their heroic efforts to defeat the virus.
In addition, Celebrity Millennium is repositioning to the west coast of the US and will offer a series of "Cruising for Heroes" sailings throughout March and April in support of California firefighters, other first responders, and veterans.
The sailings will leave from Los Angeles and details will be announced soon.