Even as the second most powerful Atlantic hurricane on record ravaged The Bahamas 150 miles from our Miami headquarters, our thoughts turned to how we could help this vibrant, essential community recover. The health, safety, and well-being of our employees, their families, and the people of the Bahamas are our primary focus, and we are resolved to turn the devastation into hope.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is committing $1 million to Dorian disaster relief, and ITM—our partner in the joint venture Holistica, which is developing the Grand Lucayan resort in Freeport—is donating an additional $100,000.
“The Bahamas has been part of our family for nearly five decades, and more than 500 of our colleagues live in areas directly affected by Dorian. Being a good neighbor is what we believe in, and so we’re rolling up our sleeves to do all we can to help,” says Helen O’Connell, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited.
To make sure our donations go where they can do the most good, we are collaborating with the Bahamian government and our non-profit partner of more than 15 years, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF). We’re also connecting with our network of Bahamian charities and other local organizations, including the Bahamas Feeding Network.
We know you want to help too, so we’re matching every dollar of guest and employee donations to PADF. Please visit this link (https://www.padf.org/hurricane-dorian-rcl) to get started if you would like to contribute, and share it among your family, friends, and on social media.
We are loading all kinds of goods onto our ships—generators, water, cleaning supplies, clean sheets, towels, and more—for direct delivery to the Bahamas. The trained employee volunteers of RCL’s “GO Team” are assisting with relief efforts, and we’re taking special care of our colleagues and their families who were affected by the storm.
We can’t make every bad memory of Dorian go away. But we can start making things better—today. #BahamasStrong