Royal Caribbean is gearing up to help support humanitarian efforts around the world with two of its cruise ships including one from Celebrity Cruises.
The cruise line company which includes Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean has announced that it’s helping in major disasters including the deadly Coronavirus which started from China and the bush fires which recently spread in Australia. Here are all the details:
Royal Caribbean Sending Masks to China
The coronavirus outbreak has caused pain and disruption around the world. It is a stark reminder of the hurt that these terrible events can bring—and how fortunate we are that such traumatic events are not more frequent.
Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, said:
“When things go wrong, this is a company that wants to find a way to help.”
“At Royal Caribbean, we consider ourselves fortunate to be able to use our ships in a positive way during difficult times.”
The company is working with suppliers to deliver one million N-95 protective masks to China to help with the Coronavirus. They are planning for the Chinese government to be able to distribute the masks to affected areas of the virus. There are also future plans for Royal Caribbean to offer free cruises to thank the first responders and medical personnel for their efforts to defeat the virus.
At the moment there are more than 64,000 infections across the world and over 1,380 have died with the majority in mainland China. The virus has impacted Royal Caribbean with Quantum of the Seas and Spectrum of the Seas. The cruise line has also confirmed a total of 18 sailings in the region have now been canceled.
Complimentary Cruises for Bush Fire Responders
Spectrum of the Seas will travel to Australia and be deployed on complimentary cruises sailing from Sydney in support of Australia’s first responder community, who worked tirelessly over many weeks of the bush fire crisis.
Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said:
“We are in a fortunate position to offer these brave and selfless members of the Australian community the opportunity to join us for a few days and let them relax and unwind in the company of other volunteers and first responders.”
“By welcoming and accommodating them aboard Spectrum of the Seas, we hope to recognize their contribution and offer them our hospitality.”
Celebrity Cruise Ship Special Sailings
In addition, Celebrity Millennium is repositioning to the west coast of the US earlier than previously scheduled and will offer a series of “Cruising for Heroes” sailings in support of California firefighters, other first responders, and veterans throughout March and April. A variety of three-, four- and five-night sailings have been added to the brand’s offerings to travel the breathtaking Pacific Coast. The sailings will leave from Los Angeles and details will be announced soon.