Cruise ship the Celebrity Equinox rerouted and delivered meals to displaced Bahamians after Hurricane Dorian.
Hurricane Dorian wreaked utter chaos in the northern Bahamas, a favoured destination for cruise aficionados. The Celebrity Equinox decided to step up and land a hand.
Royal Caribbean had pledged $1 million in Dorian disaster relief, and one of their ships set sail for Freeport on Grand Bahama Island to provide relief for displaced Bahamians after the storm. According to NBC News, the cruise staff worked all night to prepare more than 10,000 meals and hundreds of cruise ship guests helped to pack the food which was sent to the island via lifeboats and tug boats. The ship also handed out more than 300,000 bottles of water and the company hopes to park a stationary kitchen on land to keep making meals in the Bahamas.
“The Bahamas hold a special place in our hearts as a treasured place for our guests, and home to more than 500 of our colleagues,” the cruise line explained in a letter. “Now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, we are rolling up our sleeves to help our friends.”
The cruise line promised to compensate guests for the unexpected detour, but the majority was more than ready to help in the face of such damage.
“If we can go and give meals, that’s the least that we can do,” one guest told NBC News. “Surely it’s great to be in the Bahamas, but what we’re doing for these people — their whole lives, everything they’ve ever had is gone,” she added.
This cruise ship’s actions come at a time when Bahamians are in dire need of immediate assistance. Bahamian officials told CNN that the hurricane has damaged roads, government vehicles, and ambulances — making it nearly impossible to provide relief and aid on the island. According to NPR, in Great Abaco Island, there is no running water, no electricity, and stores are running out of food.
Royal Carribean also sent their Symphony of the Seas ship to the island with tens of thousands of hot meals as well. Other cruise lines owned by The Walt Disney Co. and Carnival Corp. also decided to offer help. They told NBC News that they would be donating money as well as supplies.