After visits to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Royal Caribbean senior management are 'very encouraged' by the 'speed of recovery and resources,' brand president and CEO Michael Bayley said.
The importance of this year's Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Conference & Trade Show rises to an even higher level as the region recovers from hurricanes and earthquakes.
Adventure of the Seas arrived at Port Everglades Tuesday, carrying approximately 3,800 hurricane evacuees from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
From helping coordinate ships to pick up evacuees and deliver urgently needed supplies to purchasing sleeping pods and semi-permanent structures for housing and schools, and more, the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association is actively engaged in hurricane recovery.
The British Virgin Islands got a double-punch from hurricanes Irma and Maria but Mark Vanterpool, minister of communications and works, indicated the cruise pier and Tortola Pier Park sustained minimal damage.
The US Virgin Islands tourism commissioner has formally thanked Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association for helping with post-hurricane evacuations and humanitarian and relief missions.
Sister brands Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises launched humanitarian relief initiatives for hurricane-impacted Caribbean islands. These are part of parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' goal of raising at least $2.5m for All Hands Volunteers' 'Hope Starts Here' Campaign.
Given the impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, Royal Caribbean International decided to cancel Adventure of the Seas' Sept. 30 cruise from San Juan, which had been tentative.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has partnered with All Hands Volunteers, a leading disaster relief organization powered by volunteers, and set a goal to raise $2.5m for the 'Hope Starts Here' hurricane relief program.
Port Everglades is waiving its tariff charges for ocean shipping lines transporting humanitarian relief supplies to Caribbean nations impacted by hurricanes Irma and Maria.