Most of the Bahamas is open for operations according the FCCA

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Most of the Bahamas is open for operations according the FCCA
Mon September 09, 2019

While Hurricane Dorian caused inconceivable destruction in Grand Bahama and Abaco, Nassau is in full operation - the second most populous cruise destination in the Caribbean-


The Bahamas, nearby destinations and the Member Lines of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) are helping the Bahamians not only to recover their livelihoods, but also to recover tourism of cruise ships, the vital sector of its economy. After less than a week of the historic event, the FCCA Member Lines have already committed more than $ 5 million in donations, and also support work such as delivery of supplies and working with local communities to find out what they need and the best way to help In addition, destinations throughout the region are helping the Bahamas and assessing how to better prepare for similar events in the future, such as the assistance provided by Saint Lucia and a visit by the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia and President of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) , the Honorable Allen Chastanet.

"Our hearts are with all those impacted in the Bahamas by this historical event, and we hope that this support offers some normalcy to their lives, along with a comfort in these moments of trial," said Michele Paige, president of the FCCA. "However, the people of the Bahamas have shown their resistance over and over again, so there is no doubt that those affected will rebuild everything even better than before. Fortunately, Nassau and the private islands of the cruise lines in the Bahamas are open, fully operational and ready to welcome guests with a smile, knowing that an average stopover of a cruise in the Bahamas represents more than $ 650,000 in local economic benefits. "

The philanthropic division of Carnival Corporation, Carnival Foundation, and its nine international cruise line brands, along with the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, have promised to donate $ 2 million in funds and products for relief work in the Bahamas.

The Carnival Foundation and the company's nine international cruise line brands - Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (United Kingdom) - They are allocating a total of $ 1 million in donations of money and products in support of immediate relief and recovery efforts in the Bahamas. The president of Carnival Corporation, Micky Arison, and his wife, Madeleine, are matching the corporation's commitment with a $ 1 million donation from the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation.

A portion of the combined promise will be immediately dedicated to supporting efforts managed by Direct Relief, an international humanitarian organization that provides vital medicines and supplies in emergencies. In addition, Carnival Corporation and its brands are working with local officials, community leaders and important relief and recovery organizations to identify the most urgent and timely relief needs and immediate allocations for additional support and funds.

Separately, the company has begun an effort to collect and deliver donated food and supplies in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties for the people of the Bahamas, through a partnership with Tropical Shipping and the National Agency for Management of Emergencies (NEMA) of the Bahamas.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) - including Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises - has re-launched Hope Starts Here, the company's relief campaign after the hurricane, in partnership with All Hands and Hearts, and promised a minimum donation of $ 1 million for immediate short-term relief from those affected by Hurricane Dorian. He has also promised to match donations dollar by dollar to help with reconstruction work in the Bahamas, including cleaning and debris removal, and the delivery of temporary supplies and shelters.

NCLH is also coordinating with the Bahamian authorities to bring needed supplies to the affected areas "as quickly and humanely as possible." Tomorrow, the Norwegian Breakaway will leave Miami with supplies for those affected by the hurricane, donated by NCLH and its employees, in addition to items collected by the City of Miami, Baptist Health South Florida, the 305 Gives Back Foundation and other Miami organizations, which will be delivered to Nassau, Great Harbor Cay and Great Stirrup Cay, the company's private island in the Bahamas.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. - including Azamara, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International - has pledged $ 1 million in relief following the disaster caused by Hurricane Dorian, with an additional $ 100,000 to be donated by the ITM Group, its partner in the Holistica joint venture , which is building the Grand Lucayan resort in Freeport, and at the same time has pledged to match donations from customers and employees to the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and use their ships to deliver supplies such as generators, water, supplies Clean, clean towels and sheets.

"The Bahamas has always been more than a destination for Royal Caribbean and our customers," the line said in the announcement. "For more than half a century, we have made many friends and many memories. The Bahamas is also home to more than 500 of our colleagues who work on Perfect Day at CocoCay and at the Grand Bahama Shipyard."

The Walt Disney Company, run by the Disney Cruise Line, has made a commitment of more than $ 1 million to assist in relief and recovery in the Bahamas, including, among other grants, a $ 1 million donation to non-profit relief agencies of profit that will carry out recovery and reconstruction work, and also the delivery of supplies such as basic food and basic construction materials to people in the impacted areas. In addition, Disney employees with immediate needs in the Bahamas will have access to a range of resources. Disney Castaway Cay, the private island of Disney in the Bahamas, employs more than 60 Bahamians from Abaco and Grand Bahama, as well as several employees from other islands in the Bahamas.

"We support the Bahamian people," said Jeff Vahle, president of Disney Cruise Line. "While assessing the needs in these communities, we are prepared to assist in relief and recovery efforts with funds, delivery of supplies and supporting our Bahamean Crew Members".

The MSC Group - one of the world's leading logistics and container shipping conglomerates, and also the parent company of MSC Cruises - has pledged the support of all its businesses in relief after Hurricane Dorian passed through the Bahamas. In addition to providing and delivering necessities, the efforts of the MSC Group will initially focus on semi-permanent prefabricated modular homes for the population, as well as arranging ships used by the MSC to transport relief cargo from the United States to the Bahamas .

A high-level delegation composed of members of the senior management team in the United States of the MSC Group, and also of the leadership of its philanthropic division, the MSC Foundation, also coordinated meetings in Nassau with local officials, community leaders and key aid organizations and recovery, in order to quickly identify first-hand and through contact with local officials, community leaders and key aid and recovery organizations the most timely and urgent aid needs and how the Group can support the needs of funds and items immediate and longer-term population and local businesses as they begin reconstruction after the passage of Hurricane Dorian.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line (BPCL) has announced a double support initiative following the impact of Hurricane Dorian. The company is accepting monetary donations online through its Mission Resolve partner, as well as donated supplies at its Riviera Beach warehouse.

"Our hearts are with all those affected, and we thought it was imperative to give a quick response, demonstrating our support through action," said Oneil Khosa, CEO of BPCL, who maintains direct communications with the Bahamian government, including with Deputy Prime Minister Kevin Peter Turnquest, to determine specific areas of needs and serve as a liaison for those who want to help in the recovery work after the passage of Hurricane Dorian.

BPCL has also planned a humanitarian cruise at the Grand Celebration, which will be loaded with food, water and other supplies, and also with first responders and volunteers. The ship, which sails tonight, will transport supplies and volunteers and residents of the Bahamas that were stranded in South Florida - at no cost to any volunteer or resident of the Bahamas - before their planned return on September 7 with residents from the Bahamas who wish to evacuate to the United States and have the appropriate documentation.

In addition, countries in the region have given support. Dorine Gustave, interim director of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) of Saint Lucia, said that Saint Lucia is in the process of determining how to help better, even looking for the best way to transport water, and that the Government of Saint Lucia He has opened accounts in select banks for those who wish to help in the recovery work.

The Prime Minister of Saint Lucia and President of CARICOM, the Honorable Allen Chastanet, also traveled to the Bahamas, where he was received by the Bahamian Prime Minister, the Honorable Hubert Minnis, before addressing an information session on the situation with several agencies , in order to obtain an update on the state of things to better plan a course of action in helping the Bahamas and the entire region to prepare and handle similar situations in the future.

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