To make sure our donations go where they can do the most good, we are collaborating with the Bahamian government, our non-profit partner, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), and a network of Bahamian charities and organizations, including the Bahamas Feeding Network.
Our donation includes matching every dollar of guest and employee donations to PADF up to $500,000, so they can help our friends as well.
As part of our commitment, Royal Caribbean has promised 20,000 meals a day, every day. To make that a reality, Empress of the Seas left PortMiami on Wednesday, September 4th with enough extra supplies to prepare thousands of individual meals to deliver to our community partners in The Bahamas on Thursday, September 5th.
And Empress is only the first of a flotilla of ships, including Navigator of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, and Symphony of the Seas, that will make a stop in Freeport to deliver freshly prepared hot and cold meals to the hard-hit community.
In addition, we commandeered space on a container ship for more much-needed supplies. So far, we have delivered 47,000 bottles of water, toilet paper, 7,500 lbs of pet food, 250 tarps, 25,000 square feet of plywood, 55,400 diapers, 53,000 boxes of cereal, 500 flashlights, and 362 generators. We will ship more supplies in the coming days.
Onboard Empress, along with our guests, was a small but mighty team of Royal Caribbean employees, including specially trained Go Team members, logistics and food & beverage experts, and other specialists. They are assessing the community’s most urgent needs and how we can best assist with recovery. Dozens of other employees have volunteered to go to the islands with upcoming relief sailings, if needed.
We are offering people on Grand Bahama the opportunity to evacuate to Nassau. We began those evacuations on Thursday, September 5th and will continue with other ships that can call at Nassau after Freeport.
We can’t make every bad memory of Dorian go away. But we can start making things better — today.