Cruise Lines Provide Hurricane Irma Relief
Both cruise lines run frequent itineraries throughout the Caribbean Islands and Florida areas, these are major cruise destinations, and several of their routes have been impacted by this disaster. They have taken the initiative to utilise their ships and staff to provide humanitarian aid, distributing food and supplies to these hurricane-affected regions. With their schedules currently disrupted, it is a great opportunity for the cruise industry to give back to the people and local communities that have been devastated by Hurricane Irma.
Miami based Royal Caribbean is currently focusing on helping islands that have been ravaged including St. Thomas and St. Martin. The cruise liner has available ships due to cancelled itineraries, and is using them as evacuation vessels, moving people out to safer paces.
CEO of Royal Caribbean Richard Fain explained that "we ended up with so many extra supplies that we were delivering them to some of the islands that were badly hurt".
Norwegian Cruise Line has also put a positive step forward toward the hurricane relief, stocking their large 2000 passenger capacity ship Norwegian Sky with supplies and deploying her to St. Thomas. Another ship from the NCI fleet, Norwegian Escape departed Mexico's Cozumel on Monday, carrying about 4,000 displaced guests who had been unable to secure flights back home. They are working with partners to assess ports that they visit for upcoming itineraries and ensure they have flexibility to guarantee all guests a great experience.
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