It’s an ill wind...

Cruise Weekly - - News -

HUR­RI­CANE Do­rian has brought tragedy this week, hav­ing dev­as­tated parts of the Bahamas and im­pacted the lives of thou­sands.

While most of the Caribbean re­mains un­af­fected and cruises con­tinue to op­er­ate, our in­dus­try has put an im­me­di­ate fo­cus on pro­vid­ing re­lief where it’s most needed.

The ma­jor cruise lines have pro­vided mil­lions of dol­lars to sup­port emer­gency aid for the Bahamas.

They’ve also swung into ac­tion at sea, di­vert­ing ships to trans­port emer­gency pro­vi­sions and equip­ment, in­clud­ing food, wa­ter, gen­er­a­tors, bed­ding and more.

On board, crew have worked dou­ble-time to pre­pare tens of thou­sands of meals for dis­tri­bu­tion in af­fected ar­eas, in some cases as­sisted by pas­sen­gers.

While th­ese ef­forts will go some way to­wards help­ing af­fected com­mu­ni­ties, it’s the long-term ef­forts that will cre­ate last­ing ben­e­fit.

Tourism will pro­vide eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties, while the on­go­ing work cruise lines do to sup­port char­i­ta­ble projects and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives will target ar­eas like health, ed­u­ca­tion and lo­cal busi­ness.

Our thoughts are with all those af­fected in the Bahamas, and we will con­tinue to help work to­wards a swift re­cov­ery.

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