Major Cruise Lines Pledge Assistance Following Hurricane Dorian

   September 4, 2019 ,   Accidents

Some of the major cruise companies that service The Bahamas are currently pledging assistance after the destruction by Hurricane Dorian.

Carnival Corporation, Walt Disney and RCCL-Royal Caribbean have pledged support to the affected Bahamian natives. Disney made a commitment of more than US$1 million to help The Bahamas relief and recovery efforts. In a release, the company said the commitment included a 1-million-dollars donation to non-profit relief agencies that would be undertaking recovery and rebuilding efforts, and the provision of supplies, such as including basic construction materials and food staples to those in impacted areas.

In a release, Carnival Corp's CEO Arnold Donald shared it was very emotional seeing reports of the impact that Hurricane Dorian had over the past couple of days. Arnold said they had been and remained in constant contact with government officials as they determined the highest priorities for both the short and long term. He assured they remained fully committed to 2 major projects on the islands of Half Moon Cay and Grand Bahama as part of the rebuilding and recovery process.

Port of Half Moon Cay (Bahamas private island)

Royal Caribbean, which in 2019 unveiled a new theme park on the line's private island in Coco Cay, said that The Bahamas had been their partner for nearly 5 decades and their thoughts were with them in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. Royal Caribbean revealed it had partnered with PADF (Pan American Development Foundation) to providing disaster relief and would match all donated funds up to US$500,000. The local PADF team in the Bahamas was currently assessing damages and preparing to help families regain what they had lost.

In a statement, Princess Cruises said that initial reports showed only minor beach erosion and cosmetic damage on Princess Cays.