On October 21, 2010, we officially opened L'Ecole Nouvelle Royal Caribbean - one of the first schools to be built in Haiti after the earthquake. The strategically located 6,500 square foot school complex is in northern Haiti near nine towns and villages: Labadie, Cormier, Ducroix, Fort Bourgeois, Marchegalles, Cimetiere-Juif, Champ de Mars, Port Francais and Cap Haitien. The campus consists of six buildings, with 12 classrooms, administrative offices, a computer lab and bathrooms. The school will provide children from the area an education, including classes in English and environmental stewardship. In the evenings adults will attend vocational training. Learn More
Some days are special. And last Thursday was one of them. On that day we fulfilled a dream . . . and a promise. Two years ago, we decided that we wanted to build one or more schools in Northern Haiti to help the children. Thursday, we dedicated the first of those schools. Learn More
Since the earthquake, Adam Goldstein has kept the world informed of our humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti via his blog. His blog continues to be a great way to communicate the latest details on our work to help the Haiti recover and rebuild. We encourage you to bookmark it and visit frequently.
Beginning just three days after the earthquake, Royal Caribbean transported more than 3,000 pallets of much needed supplies on Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises ships that called on Labadee. Also, to date, Royal Caribbean’s monetary contribution to the Haiti relief effort is at least $2.5 million, which includes money raised from the donated Labadee calls, the onboard guest donations, and matching funds. Our operations at Labadee impact over 500 local Haitians who are either employees or vendors at Labadee commuting from nearby villages. We also employ over 200 Haitian crew members onboard ships. ...[read more]
Every dollar can make a difference, so we hope you'll consider donating some of your available Royal Points from your Royal Caribbean® Visa® credit card and help those in need for Haitian Relief. Donations are accepted in increments of 1,000 Points, which equals a $10 donation. Won't you join us in this important effort? Call 1-800-421-2110 and make a contribution today. Thanks for your generosity.
In addition to working with Food for the Poor to distribute relief supplies, guests sailing onboard Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises will be able to make a donation to Food for the Poor's Haiti Relief Fund, via a charge to their onboard account. Guests who would like to contribute immediately can visit www.foodforthepoor.org/royalcaribbean to make a donation.
On Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 the Freedom of the Seas called at Labadee as part of the ship's usual Western Cruise. In addition to being loaded down with 173 pallets of emergency relief supplies for the people of Haiti, another major event had been planned. ...[read more]