As you know, on November 8th, Typhoon Haiyan hit the central Philippines. Filipinos make up a large percentage of crews that staff cruise ships, and numerous cruise lines have stepped up to provide support.
Royal Caribbean family of brands, which include Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Azamara, Pullmantur and Croisières de France committed $1 million toward disaster aid, sent an emergency team to the hardest-hit areas and is helping employees connect with relatives in the Philippines.
Norwegian Cruise Lines has set up a relief fund for crew members and their families and is helping employees contact family and make travel arrangements.
Carnival Corp. and its affiliated brands — which include Holland America, Princess, Seabourn, Costa, Cunard and P&O Cruises — have partnered with the Miami Heat basketball team to pledge at least $1 million toward typhoon relief efforts. The company is providing free phone calls and Internet access and personalized logistical support to its Filipino staff.
Each of Carnival’s affiliated brands have made contributions. Cunard and P&O donated $100,000. Holland America and Seabourn pledged $25,000 toward disaster relief. Costa has donated $100,000 to a crew fund. Princess also has made donations to relief organizations.