The cruise industry is proving its commitment to help Abaco and Grand Bahama as the world mourns its destruction and aims to build back the destinations.
“Though we still mourn for all those impacted in Abaco and Grand Bahama, it is humbling and heartwarming to see our Member Lines’ enormous effort to not only provide the necessary relief but also work with those in the destination toward sustainable recovery,” said Michele Paige, president, FCCA.
More than a month after Category 5 Hurricane Dorian swept the region, the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) and its Member Lines, which operate more than 95% of the global ocean cruising capacity, have already provided and/or raised donation pledges, food and supplies, and accelerated investment plans.
“The best things any of us can do is visit The Bahamas”
Paige continued: “On behalf of FCCA, we are honoured to help support that recovery in any way we can, and currently one of the best things any of us can do is visit The Bahamas, as nearly half of its GDP relies on tourism, and broadcast the message that most of its islands are open and welcoming guests every day.”
FCCA Member Lines have already donated and/or raised USD 8 million in relief efforts for The Bahamas, while also launching efforts to collect and provide support, resulting in more than 10 million pounds of food and supplies – filling over 250 shipping containers – by Carnival Corporation; 20,000 meals per day, as well as water, medical supplies, generators, and a team of specially trained employees and volunteers to assist with logistics and food and beverage efforts by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd; 400 pallets of humanitarian aid – along with 300 qualified volunteer and 150 Bahamians – on a single relief mission by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line; MSC Group using its cargo and cruise resources to help, with a focus on providing semi-permanent prefabricated modular housing; and Disney Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings are also using their cruise ships to deliver supplies and support.