Cruise Lines Pledge Millions To Bahamas Relief

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

As the shocking devastation on Greater Abaco and Grand Bahama begins to be revealed, cruise lines are pledging support to their destination partner. 

Royal Caribbean and the Walt Disney Company have each pledged to donate more than US$1 million to help relief and recovery efforts. Without specifying a dollar amount, Carnival Corp. has also pledged to support relief and rebuilding in the traumatized islands.

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

Disney CEO Robert A. Iger said in a statement that the corporation "stands with the people of The Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian."

"We hope our $1 million donation will provide much-needed relief and help our neighbors, colleagues, and all those impacted by this devastating storm begin the long process of recovery as they work to put their lives and communities back together," he continued.

The company said the  million donation will go toward supporting non-profit relief agencies committed to recovery and rebuilding efforts in the region. The corporation also said it will be providing a "range of resources" to Disney employees in the Bahamas who were impacted by the hurricane.

Royal Caribbean is committing $1 million to Dorian disaster relief, and ITM, the company's partner in the Holistica joint venture that is developing the Grand Lucayan resort in Freeport, is also donating an additional $100,000, according to a press release.

The company has also put its ‘GO Team’ into action and is loading supplies onto its ships to be delivered to the Bahamas. 

"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 (PADF), and a network of Bahamian charities and other local organizations, including the Bahamas Feeding Network," the company said.

"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."

The company will also match every dollar of guest and employee donations to PADF.

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.