Sea ViewsFrom President and COO, Adam Goldstein

Sea Views Blog with Adam Goldstein

Guest Post: Delivering Relief Supplies to Royal Caribbean’s Haitian Employees and their Families

Most of you are aware that Royal Caribbean has been providing relief supplies to the people of Haiti after the devastating earthquake. What most people don’t know is what we have been doing to help our Haitian employees and their families. Steve Christian, of our Human Resources Department, recently traveled to Labadee to oversee the delivery of supplies to our Haitian employees and their families. Here is Steve’s account:

At the time of the earthquake, 158 Haitians were serving onboard Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity ships, another 200+ Haitian employees were working at our Labadee site, and we had 50 crew members who were on vacation, presumably at home in various cities throughout Haiti.

A few days after the earthquake, Royal Caribbean announced that we would be working closely with four different relief agencies in Haiti: Compassion Alliance, Food for the Poor, the Solano Foundation, and the Pan American Development Foundation. Each of those agencies was involved in off loading supplies from our ships and transporting them to distribution sites throughout Haiti. While we were pleased with the results our partnerships were producing, we were hearing from our employees and their families that relief supplies were not reaching them quickly enough.

We decided it was time to contact Compassion Alliance to see if they could set aside some supplies just for our families. Our contact at Compassion Alliance, Paul Romine, was more than willing to help. In fact, he and his team offered to assemble 250 special “care packages” just for our folks, and all we needed to do was give them a “wish list” of items to be put in the care packages.

I immediately solicited the help of Martine Pasquet, Director of Human Resources, to get her thoughts on the types of supplies that would bring the most relief to our Haitian employees and their families. (Martine was born in Haiti and still has very close ties there.) Her contacts in Haiti described the dire need for tents, tarps, medical supplies, and of course, food and water. We used that information as a starting point and then added approximately 25 more items to ensure the care packages truly provided the relief we intended. Compassion Alliance then assembled the care packages in their Ocala warehouse and used our ships to transport them to Labadee.

Once the supplies landed in Labadee, they were sent to the Compassion Alliance warehouse for distribution, but we still needed a way get the supplies to our people without endangering their lives. Anyone seen with such supplies would have attracted the attention of the many people desperately looking for food. I know because I was there. I had been asked to visit Cap Haitian to help work out a safe and fair distribution system.

David Scott, the Site Manager at Labadee, provided transportation for me and one of his managers to visit the Compassion Alliance site. We planned to quietly distribute the special care packages to our crew members’ families behind the guarded walls of the Compassion Alliance compound. The distribution went smoothly, with each family receiving tents, tarps, medical supplies, diapers, food, and drinks.

Supplies being distributed to Royal Caribbean employees and their families

Supplies being distributed to Royal Caribbean employees and their families

Later that day, once I was onboard Navigator of the Seas for my return trip to Miami, I had an opportunity to meet with all of the Haitian crew members onboard to discuss the Haiti Disaster Relief Fund the company put in place the day after the quake. The crew members were incredibly gracious and thankful for everything the company had done for them and their families. One young man spoke for the entire group when he said, “We believed Royal Caribbean would help us, but we never expected everyone to care so much about us, or do so much for us. We love Royal Caribbean.”

All things considered, it was an amazing trip. I feel honored to have had the opportunity to help bring relief to so many of our crew members and their families, and I hope that this accounting of my travels convinces others that the job of rebuilding Haiti is far from being done.

Supplies being distributed to Royal Caribbean employees and their families

Supplies being distributed to Royal Caribbean employees and their families

Supplies being distributed to Royal Caribbean employees and their families

Supplies being distributed to Royal Caribbean employees and their families

Interested in helping? Royal Caribbean International is working with Food For The Poor and the Pan American Development Foundation. We encourage guests to make monetary donations to either of these organizations which are currently engaged in the relief effort. For even more information on Royal Caribbean’s humanitarian relief to Haiti, click HERE.

7 responses to:
“Guest Post: Delivering Relief Supplies to Royal Caribbean’s Haitian Employees and their Families”

  1. Heather Rimmer

    What wonderful work – God Bless

  2. linda pitler

    One of my nursing colleagues just returned from 3 weeks in Haiti – 2 weeks on the USS Comfort and a week at Hopital Albert Schweitzer. She gave away most of her clothing, a spare pair of sneakers and her MRE’s to those who needed them. The relief effort for Haiti will be an ongoing effort for quite a long time. Thanks for stepping up to take care of your own. It’s one of the reasons I will only travel on Royal Caribbean.

  3. Yvette Shafe

    This is indeed a wonderful Blog. We love our Steve in HR and value his efforts ensuring our crew are accounted for and are receiving the supplies that our great crew and company is contributing to. Great Job Steve!

  4. Christine

    I was recently in Labadee and when returning to the pier, saw all of the supplies that they were unloading off the ship for Haiti Relief. We just stood there and watched in amazement the amount of supplies that were being donated. It was a very touching moment and made me feel very proud to be traveling with a company who provides much needed support! Good Job Royal Caribbean!

  5. valerie Goodson Sweatt

    It’s wonderful to see and hear about the generousity of RC towards it’s Haitian employees and the Haitian general population. I am sure that you efforts are greatly appreciated.

  6. bjorn jakobsen

    Well done.
    It was something nicer than we went to Port Au Prince
    on Nordic Prince in oct. 1980
    “Baby Dock” invate himself to lunch onbord while
    lots of Haitian had to pick rust on the deck in the
    heat.
    Time has changed

    Bjorn & Gitte

    • Adam

      Bjorn, thank you for your feedback. It is Royal Caribbean’s goal to continue to offer help to Haiti while the country is in the process of rebuilding.
      You can learn more about our participation in the Haiti relief effort here http://bit.ly/8TUkSm

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Close

Connect With us

Tab indicator
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@MartinRoberts60 We're sorry to hear about this & we'd appreciate any additional feedback you could provide us at http://t.co/Bm5SvRAcHJ.
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@mjsamus We are happy to help you with your concerns. Please DM us your contact information as well as your reservation number. Thank you.
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@I_am_Jay_G Let the four month countdown begin! What are you most excited for onboard?
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@ten2and4 We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your time onboard Allure! Where do you want to sail to next?
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@judtempleton It'll be here before you know it! What are you looking forward to most onboard?
Sightsee from your deck chair.

#royalwow views captured by guest poordany on Instagram.
Vacation over too quickly? Sail back to back on Oasis of the Seas this fall and experience Europe like never before.
http://bit.ly/1lRMvKl
Some of our favorite guest photos from Labadee. http://bit.ly/1iKMoVI
We had an amazing time showcasing Quantum Dining in Aspen. Thank you to our friends at +FOOD & WINE http://bit.ly/QuantumDining
Go behind-the-scenes of some of our favorite onboard shows. http://bit.ly/1m0EMOv
In case you missed it, watch our Quantum Entertainment Hangout with Kristin Chenoweth here: Live Google+ Hangout with Kristin Chenoweth and Nick Weir
All-new shows and a Broadway favorite - Quantum of the Seas will have it all. Explore the world-class entertainment onboard: http://bit.ly/QOTSEnt
Don't miss out - join our Hangout with Kristin Chenoweth at 4:00pm EST for a special #QuantumOfTheSeas Entertainment announcement, live from the +Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas: http://bit.ly/KChenEntHangout
Questions about Quantum Entertainment? We’ve got you covered. Join Kristin Chenoweth on 6/11 at 4pm EST for a Hangout live from Las Vegas: http://bit.ly/1oDtVKX
Fort Morro: adventure 500 years in the making. #sanjuan 

JavaScript and Flash are required to view video content. View the playlist on YouTube.

  • Beautiful beaches in Beautiful beaches in Uruguay. 9 hours + 50 minutes ago
  • Valparaiso, Chile. Valparaiso, Chile. 9 hours + 50 minutes ago
  • Enchanted Well at Ch Enchanted Well at Chapada Diamantina in Bahia, Brazil. 9 hours + 50 minutes ago
  • Easter Island, Chile Easter Island, Chile. 9 hours + 51 minutes ago
  • Beautiful Balos Beac Beautiful Balos Beach, Crete. #greece 1 day + 9 hours ago
  • Colorful dresses in Colorful dresses in Malaga, Spain. 1 day + 9 hours ago
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia p Dubrovnik, Croatia perched on the edge of the Adriatic Sea. 1 day + 9 hours ago
  • Sansone Beach, Tusca Sansone Beach, Tuscany. 1 day + 9 hours ago
  • Chrysopigi, Sifnos, Chrysopigi, Sifnos, Greece. 1 day + 9 hours ago
  • We promise you'll ne We promise you'll never be bored. 1 day + 12 hours ago
  • Colorful CocoCay.
  • Sail above the rest.
  • Nothing says vacation like sunsets at sea. #royalwow
  • Our favorite place to chill out. #alaska
  • Next stop: Jamaica. @AwesomenessTV's @yomuscleboii climbs one of our favorites, Dunn's River Falls. Follow the link in our bio to watch the latest episode.
  • Every day should be a beach day. #stthomas
  • Arrive in style.
  • Swim. Sun. Lounge. Repeat.
  • Leave your inhibitions at the door with Wink, an adults-only showcase.
  • Spanning from the stage to mezzanine, the Earth Harp will bring the Royal Theater to life.
My New Responsibilities

Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:37 AM

By Adam Goldstein, President &amp; COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. When I took on my new responsibilities a few months ago, I thought it would be very interesting to become a provider of shared... Continue Here to Read More…

Royal Caribbean at the Food & Wine Classic

Monday, July 21, 2014 11:52 AM

By Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal Caribbean International I recently returned from Aspen, Colorado where Royal Caribbean International was the official cruise... Continue Here to Read More…

Have You Cruised on 30 Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 10:07 AM

By Adam Goldstein, President &amp; COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Less than four months to Quantum of the Seas! As one of my law professors like to say, the “relentless march of the... Continue Here to Read More…

Royal Caribbean Expands Cruise Vacation Offerings in Asia

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 8:30 AM

By Adam Goldstein, President &amp; COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. My latest travels brought me back to Asia the week of June 16 – 20.  As always, the pace and energy of the region are... Continue Here to Read More…

Personal Plans for the Second Half of 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014 9:51 AM

Blog by Adam A quick update on my other doings as the “empty nest” approaches even faster than the delivery of Quantum of the Seas. Our family continues our involvement with many aspects of... Continue Here to Read More…

How Entertainment on Quantum & Anthem Will Transcend Anything You've Seen on Land or Sea

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 4:22 PM

Blog by Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal Caribbean International Hello, everyone.  Last week I had the pleasure of being in Las Vegas where we announced the amazing... Continue Here to Read More…

Catching the Travel Bug: My Explorations through SEED

Friday, June 20, 2014 11:18 AM

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s community support efforts often focus on education and social services for underserved youth. Over the years I have written from time to time about my long term... Continue Here to Read More…

Kristin Chenoweth Talks Entertainment on Quantum of the Seas

Thursday, June 12, 2014 12:05 PM

Blog entry by Kristin Chenoweth Kristin Chenoweth is a Tony and Emmy Award winning Broadway, film, and television actress. She is also the official Quantum Experience Advisor for Entertainment and... Continue Here to Read More…

How to Take Advantage of Opportunities Across the Globe

Monday, June 9, 2014 11:27 AM

It seems fitting to write this from a shipyard in Germany, because what I wish I had known when I was 22 was how global and networked my business and my life would become. When I was 22, the only... Continue Here to Read More…

Official Royal Caribbean Cruise Schedule for 2015-2016

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 3:57 PM

We announce the upcoming deployment of our ships throughout the first half of each calendar year. We typically state what they’re going to be doing from one year in the future until two years in the... Continue Here to Read More…