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Declaring that the company is “very committed to the Gulf Coast as a vibrant and special part of the North American cruise industry,” Carnival Cruise Line today announced the massive donation they are making to the hurricane relief efforts. “Our commitment will remain as strong as ever during the region’s recovery process.” Better still, they are offering cruisers an opportunity to join them in supporting the region.
Where The Money Will Go
Carnival Cruise Line and Carnival Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of the Carnival corporation, are each donating $500,000 to Harvey disaster relief efforts. On top of that $1 million donation, corporate chairman Micky Arison and his wife, Madeleine, are matching that commitment with a $1 million donation from the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation. In a statement, the company said that it would be working with various organizations with the goal of maximizing positive impacts on recovery efforts and supporting on-the-ground teams that are distributing emergency supplies.
“Our hearts go out to all those who have been impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “All of us throughout the Carnival Corporation family feel a responsibility to do our part in supporting relief and rebuilding efforts in a region that we call home, and where so many of our guests and business partners live and work.”
Carnival Cruise Line Guests Can Help
In addition to the above-mentioned donations, Carnival is hoping to generate additional relief funds by offering cruise guests sailing on certain ships the option to make a donation when they check in for their cruise. “We know this storm is still active,” said Duffy, “so we will continue to hold positive thoughts for everyone in the region while exploring ways to support affected communities as they recover and rebuild.”