Carnival Cruise Line to deliver relief supplies to The Bahamas
Continuing its ongoing efforts to assist and support residents of The Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian, Carnival Cruise Line has announced that two ships departing from US homeports next week will make stops in Freeport to distribute food, water and relief supplies.
The stops at Freeport to deliver supplies will be part of Carnival Pride's seven-day cruise from Baltimore departing September 8 and Carnival Liberty's four-day cruise from Port Canaveral departing September 9.
These efforts are in addition to supplies being transported to the Bahamas via the already announced agreement with Tropical Shipping and The Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency to deliver items donated by residents of Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. A container ship with the first shipment of supplies departed for Freeport this evening.
Additionally, Carnival Corporation's philanthropic arm, Carnival Foundation, and its nine global cruise line brands together with the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, have pledged to donate two million dollars in funding and in-kind support for hurricane relief efforts in The Bahamas.
Carnival has also asked employees and guests to join the effort through online giving tools, and over the next few days, will ramp up a donation program at its US homeports as guests board their cruises. Organisations supported by these online efforts include Direct Relief and World Central Kitchen.
"The Bahamian people are resilient with an unwavering spirit and Carnival and its employees are fully committed to helping residents rebuild and recover in the aftermath of the storm," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. "The devastation of the Bahamas is truly tragic and heartbreaking and we are keeping them in our thoughts as we continue to offer our support and assistance."