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.
Princess Cruises presented its first donation from the Princess Animal Welfare Sponsor (PAWS), $25,000, to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
Eventstar Structures is teaming with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association to provide emergency shelter for some of the Caribbean islands most impacted by recent hurricanes.
Update: The FCCA Foundation has committed to an additional 1,000 sleeping pods at a cost of $280,000. Many will go to Dominica.
Michele Paige has spent a good chunk of her career helming the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, so she's seen a fair number of punishing hurricanes. This season is different.
Three catastrophic hurricanes impacting the world's No. 1 cruise destination, the Caribbean, and the No. 1 source market, the United States, have caused big challenges for cruise sellers.
St. Kitts partnered with Carnival Cruise Line to assist in delivering humanitarian relief supplies to St. Maarten, which was severely impacted by Hurricane Irma.