A number of cruise ships have been sent to help with the Caribbean relief efforts after the region was hit by Hurricane Irma, which caused catastrophic damage in several Caribbean islands, including St Martin, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the British and US Virgin Islands.
Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas made a humanitarian stop in St. Maarten on Sunday (September 10) and Majesty of the Seas was scheduled to make humanitarian calls to St Maarten and St. Thomas to provide supplies and assist in transporting evacuees in St. Maarten to safety.
Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas and Enchantment of the Seas are also to assist Key West and Tampa once the impact of the storm is known, cancelling the September 13 Cuba departure by Empress of the Seas and a September 15 Bahamas departure by Majesty of the Seas.
Other Caribbean and Bahamas cruise departures by Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas and Enchantment of the Seas are being altered.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line deployed Norwegian Sky to St. Thomas. The cruise line announced its Miami headquarter would remain closed until Wednesday, September 13 and essential shore side staff had been relocated out of the city’s storm zone.
Our call centres will be operating remotely, so please be advised that hold times in our call centre may be longer than normal. Our website will remain available 24/7. As soon as this major weather event is clear of the region and we can bring our staff back to Miami, we will re-open the offices,” NCL said.
Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line cancelled four departures after the ports of Miami, Port Everglades, Port Canaveral and Tampa were shut due to Hurricane Irma with full refunds being offered.
In an update the line said: “We are working on outreach and support for those islands already impacted.
“We have been in communication with officials in many of the Caribbean islands and have activated a plan to begin delivery of supplies on both an immediate and sustained, longer-term basis.
“These deliveries will be worked into ships’ cruise itineraries as part of our ongoing operations. And, as we await news of the full impact that Irma will have on Florida, we stand ready to provide support as needed to affected ports and communities.”