Royal Caribbean & Carnival Announce Relief Efforts For Philippine Typhoon Victims
Written by: Cruise News
November 12, 2013.
The devastating damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines has given rise to relief efforts from both Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Royal Caribbean’s cruise brands are assisting crew members in communicating with their relatives in the Philippines. Company executives also held a special meeting Monday morning with more than 200 Filipino crew members aboard Vision of the Seas, which was docked near the company’s headquarters in Miami, to discuss the company effort, including matching employee contributions dollar-for-dollar. The line has a goal of raising $1 million dollars. Contributions from the public can be made online at www.worldvision.org/royalcaribbean.
Royal Caribbean chairman Richard Fain said “our hearts go out to everyone affected by the storm. More than 12,800 of our employees call the Philippines home. We want to do everything we can to help them, their families, and their neighbors heal from this terrible tragedy.” Filipinos make up the largest nationality represented across Royal Caribbean’s six cruise lines.
Carnival Corporation is teaming up with the NBA champion Miami Heat to donate at least $1 million dollars. Miami Heat owner Micky Arison is also the chairman of Carnival Corporation & plc. “All of us at Carnival and the Miami Heat extend our deepest sympathy to the Philippines and its people,” Arison said. “The typhoon in the Philippines has caused massive destruction, and is having a tragic impact on people and families, including those members of our extended Carnival family who reside in the region. We are in the process of evaluating a variety of worthy organizations that are doing fantastic work in the Philippines. In addition to providing financial support for relief efforts, our collective thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been impacted.”
“We would like to extend our condolences to the victims in the Philippines, an area I hold close to my heart and have visited four times in the last five years,” said Miami Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra, a Filipino American. “It is vitally important that we do everything possible to help those impacted by this tragedy. My thanks and appreciation to Carnival, Micky Arison and the entire Miami HEAT organization. We value the many fans that we have over there, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.”