Community and Cause-Related Partnerships
We are committed to establishing and maintaining community partnerships that support worthy causes around the world. Through such partnerships, we have provided educational scholarships, supported ocean preservation, recognized volunteers for their service, and made children’s wishes come true.
Our company has a long-standing partnership with United Way® and we successfully collaborate on projects that make a positive difference and have a lasting impact on the communities that we serve.
We run employee fundraising and awareness campaigns to deepen our engagement and improve our communities. The largest of these campaigns take place in South Florida, where our corporate headquarters is located. Our partners are United Way of Miami-Dade and United Way of Broward County. Several of our executives serve in volunteer leadership roles, further extending the impact our company is dedicated to making in the communities that we serve.
Pan American Development Foundation
Since 2007, our partnership with the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) has allowed us to leverage our resources to expand our reach to impoverished neighborhoods and create a greater impact for communities with the greatest needs. Our crew members are actively involved in that effort and work along with PADF’s many partners in our Latin America and Caribbean ports of call. Our collaborative projects include disaster relief in Jamaica, Mexico, Chile, Guatemala; education and sustainable livelihood programs in Peru, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Brazil and Honduras; and literacy programs in Argentina, Mexico, and Uruguay.
Royal Caribbean Crew and Employee Disaster Relief Fund
In addition to our regular community-based programs and partnerships, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. ready to help in times of crisis. Employees who experience natural disasters and personal crises may receive relief and assistance through the Royal Caribbean Crew and Employee Disaster Relief Fund administered by The Miami Foundation. We also extend assistance to the communities where we operate through our many charity partners.stands ready to help in times of crisis. Employees who experience natural disasters and personal crises may receive relief and assistance through the Royal Caribbean Crew and Employee Disaster Relief Fund administered by The Miami Foundation. We also extend assistance to the communities where we operate through our many charity partners.
Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, our disaster relief fund assisted Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. members and their families who were living in the affected areas. Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises ships visiting Labadee, our private island in Haiti, transported needed supplies to those affected, as other transportation to and around the island was limited. Our ships continue to deliver needed goods to those affected.
Following the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. $1 million to relief efforts. The amount was matched by employee contributions to the crew disaster relief fund. Our hiring partner in the Philippines established communication lines between onboard crew members and their families living in the affected areas, and we partnered with World Vision in the Philippines to extend general relief in the region and facilitate donations by our guests and social media followers.
We are committed to being good stewards of our environment, including the seas upon which we operate. We carry out our commitment through our Ocean Fund. Established in 1996, the Ocean Fund has donated more than $13 million to support 81 conservation projects such as sustainable fishing initiatives, climate change research, species preservation, and education and destination stewardship.
Through the fund we created our Saves the Waves program, and support ship design and technology upgrades.
Corporate Giving Program
In keeping with our mission to enhance the well-being of our communities, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is happy to offer monetary funding and in-kind cruise donations to nonprofit organizations with like-minded goals. This section provides information for nonprofit organizations seeking our support.
Our corporate philosophy is to fund organizations that offer services that benefit the community that you serve. At this time, we provide support for education and marine conservation. Please note we do not support individual schools or health related organizations through this program. Requests must be made at least 90 days prior to your event.