Employee Volunteering


Employees GIVE Back


Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd. believes in community service and our reach is global. Through our GIVE (Get Involved Volunteer Everywhere) program, our employees actively carry out charitable missions in the communities where we operate all over the world. From mentoring school children to donating to worthy causes, we strive to make a positive and lasting impact.

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Since 1997, GIVE Day, our largest annual community event, has been going strong. On that day, thousands of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. employees, along with their families, friends, our vendors and business partners, donate thousands of hours to community service efforts in the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, and the Caribbean. Our many projects include neighborhood development, civic drives, environmental improvement and disaster recovery.

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Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is the original creator of the GIVE Day project. His inspiration came more than 20 years ago when he attended a service day sponsored by his synagogue. He was so impressed by the spirit of giving that he decided to adopt the concept as a charitable alternative to a company picnic. Along with being a meaningful way for employees to give back to the communities where we live, work and sail from, GIVE DAY also serves as a fun and practical team-building company event.

GIVE for the Holidays

Shipboard employees raise money throughout the year for charitable giving during the winter holidays. The crew members pick the charity of their choice in one of the ship’s ports of call and use the money that they raise to purchase items and other special gifts that the charity requests. It is all done in the spirit of bringing holiday joy to the families in the areas where we operate.

Executive Board Leadership

The majority of our executive officers serve on one or more boards that support the well-being of underserved communities. Their dedicated leadership and guidance have had positive and lasting effects.

Mentor Programs

KAPOW (Kids and the Power of Work)

Since 1997, employees in the Miami and Miramar offices have worked with elementary school children to get them excited about learning and to help them understand the future benefits of having a good education.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters School-to-Work

For over 15 years, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters to host monthly visits for local high school students that expose them to our work environment and mentoring them about future professional options.

Employee Activities Council

The Employee Activities Council fosters a corporate culture of support for employees by encouraging involvement in company activities and events and by showing appreciation for their loyalty and hard work.

We believe that happy employees create happy customers. We try to lead by example by fostering workplace unity and tolerance, embracing our diversity and enriching the lives of those around us. We promote having a good balance between work and our personal lives. We support company programs by hosting various fundraising events and we streamline communication of activities, events and employee involvement to ensure that they are engaged in all facets of the company and feel valued.

By increasing employee awareness and involvement at all levels, we enhance unity among coworkers. Our vision also includes doing community work that has a positive impact.

Runs and Walks

Our global offices support the United Way, Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Children’s Bereavement Center, American Heart Association, Susan G. Komen and other charities. Much of the support comes through participation in 5K runs and walks as well as regional Corporate Runs.

Destination Stewardship

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is committed to protecting and improving the communities and environments in which we operate. That’s why we have a number of ways we take care of the destinations that our ships visit and where our employees call home. We have provided assistance after natural disasters, planted trees following the Galapagos endemic, built a school in Haiti, helped women artisans in Central America become financially stable, and have partnered with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and regional organizations to help Caribbean and Latin American nations become more sustainable. We have also earned Gold Level Eco-certification for our efforts in making our private island destinations and tour operations eco-friendly and sustainable.