Those destinations eagerly await cruise passengers, the company said.
Most of the Bahamas are open for business
Bahamian officials have expressed appreciation for the support Carnival and its employees and passengers have provided but also stressed that the other parts of the Bahamas are open for business and ready to welcome visitors.
‘Thank you to all who have joined us to support our friends in the Bahamas with donations,’ Carnival President Christine Duffy said. ‘Our work to assist and support continues. And as our ships and our guests return to Bahamian ports of call, our visits will make sure that our guests experience the beauty of the Bahamas and that the economy moves forward and jobs will be supported.’
Carnival Corp. and the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation have pledged $2m in funding and in-kind support for hurricane relief efforts in the Bahamas. Relief shipments on cargo vessels started arriving last week, and Carnival Pride and Carnival Liberty will also drop off supplies in Freeport on Sept. 12 and Sept. 13.
Carnival has also asked employees and guests to join the effort through online giving tools, and over the weekend began a donation program at its US homeports as passengers embark. Organizations supported by these online efforts include Direct Relief and World Central Kitchen.