Norwegian Cruise Lines has announced a partnership with disaster relief organization All Hands Volunteers, setting a goal to raise $2.5 million for the Hope Starts Here hurricane relief program.
The company has committed to match up to $1.25 million of donations from guests, team members, suppliers and partners to help the non-profit relief organization and Happy Hearts Fund deliver early relief response for the Florida Keys and rebuild schools in the Caribbean islands impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
“We are heartbroken to see the devastation that Hurricanes Irma and Maria have inflicted on the Florida Keys and several Caribbean islands, where our ships have been visiting since the beginning of our 50 years in business,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
“The Caribbean is part of our family, and we are grateful to work with All Hands Volunteers and Happy Hearts Fund to create the Hope Starts Here hurricane relief program and do our part in giving back to these destinations. We’re proud to start our campaign with a $600,000 donation to help begin the rebuilding efforts.”
Norwegian Cruise Line also deployed Norwegian Sky to St. Thomas in the wake of Hurricane Irma, bringing 35 pallets of supplies and assisting in humanitarian efforts to evacuate residents and visitors.
Another of the company’s ships, Norwegian Escape, also housed around 4,000 displaced guests who wre unable to secure flights home due to hurricane closures.
To help hurricane relief and recovery, and to make a donation that will be matched by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., visit www.ncl.com/hope-starts-here.