Hurricane season, the potentially most devastating time of the year for the Caribbean islands is upon us... As you are probably aware, the Bahamas were the target of the monstrous hurricane Dorian a few weeks ago resulting in thousands of residents being evacuated from their homes and a tragic death toll that reached 50.
Time for recovery has come to those of the damaged islands of the Bahamas. Carnival Corporation, which is the parent company of Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn, has announced its partnership with Tropical Shipping and The Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to help the population recover. This partnership’s objective is to immediately assist the population that needs it most. Through this partnership, NEMA-approved food and supplies donated by three counties in Florida will be collected and delivered to the people of The Bahamas. Tropical Shipping, which has been providing freight shipping to and from the islands for over five decades will be responsible for delivering the donated supplies. As for Carnival Corporation, alongside its nine cruise line brands, they will provide similar supplies as well as cover the shipping costs.
Rick Murrell, chairman of Tropical Shipping, extended his gratitude to Carnival Corporation in a statement “our two companies have worked together for many years on logistics in the region and on helping with weather-related events. This initiative is as an opportunity to work together with countless others to provide support when and where it is most needed.”
In addition to this partnership, the company’s Chairman, Micky Arison, and his wife Madeleine, have donated $1 million from the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation. Carnival Corporation along with its nine cruise line brands are also matching the $1 million gesture in monetary and in-kind donations to support the immediate relief of The Bahamas’ devastated population.
Should you want to contribute to the relief effort personally, you are welcome to donate online to one of Carnival Corporation’s partners by visiting DirectRelief or World Central Kitchen.
Thank you for your generous support!