ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINES bring supplies to Haiti port
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Since: Jul 09
#1 Jan 18, 2010
Royal Caribbean cruise line brings tourists, supplies to Haiti port
By Gene Sloan, USA TODAY
Royal Caribbean(RCL) has quickly returned to Haiti, dropping tourists from cruise ships on the country's north coast about 60 miles from devastation in the earthquake-stricken capital of Port-au-Prince.
One of the world's largest cruise ships, the 3,634-passenger Independence of the Seas, made a scheduled call on Friday. The 3,114-passenger Navigator of the Seas arrived Monday. A third ship, the 3,634-pasenger Liberty of the Seas, arrives today.
They're docking at a resort at Labadee, where Royal Caribbean operates a private beach and tourist attractions. The Jan. 12 earthquake didn't damage the resort. Also, cruise lines don't make stops at Port-au-Prince.
Arrival of tourist ships has raised questions as to whether it's unseemly for passengers to be enjoying a resort so near the death and destruction caused by the quake.
"There were a lot of discussions about (going ahead with stops), but in the end, Labadee is critical to Haiti's recovery, and hundreds of people rely on Labadee for their livelihood," Royal Caribbean Associate Vice President John Weis wrote on a company blog.
Weis says Royal Caribbean talked with the U.N. Special Envoy of the Government of Haiti, Leslie Voltaire, before making the decision. Voltaire told the company the revenue Haiti would generate from upcoming cruise calls would be critical to its recovery, he says.
In addition to vacationers, Royal Caribbean is carrying in relief supplies loaded onto the vessels after the disaster to be distributed to affected parts of the country by Food for the Poor and other groups.
"We also have tremendous opportunities to use our ships as transport vessels for relief supplies and personnel to Haiti," Weis says. "Simply put, we cannot abandon Haiti now that they need us most."
Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez says the line delivered about 40 pallets of water, rice, dried beans and canned foods on Friday. Monday's ship delivered twice as much, she says.
"Yesterday, two more ships heading for Labadee were loaded with supplies," Martinez says. "We will continue to transport much-needed goods to Labadee on all of our ships heading to Haiti." The line also has promised at least $1 million in humanitarian relief for Haiti and says it will donate 100% of its net revenue from visits there to relief efforts.
Royal Caribbean is one of the biggest outside investors in Haiti in recent years. It says that its relationship with the country dates back more than two decades and that it employs hundreds of Haitians on ships and at the resort.
As of Monday, the line said that 10 of 50 ship crewmembers who were in Haiti at the time of last week's earthquake remained missing.
#2 Jan 18, 2010
I was thinking last night about how the cruise ships are equipped with the ability to turn sea water into fresh water. They supply all the water needs of hundreds of very wasteful people for weeks on end by desalinization on board the ship.
They could supply drinking water to disaster sites.
Since: Jul 09
#3 Jan 18, 2010
Our Jewel of the Seas wasn't listed. Oasis of the Seas is the largest and could haul more.
You know what? I didn't know they turned sea water into fresh water...WOW!!
#4 Jan 18, 2010
Samaritans Purse has been there from day one with water purification systems that and other supplies were on their plane it had to circle the airport with 10 others the other day but did get to land .Red Cross has tablets that cleans the water, the supplies are there but delivering is nearly impossible .Over 5 million $ was raised on Larry Kings show tonight and Pat Robertson had gotten when I last looked over 250,000 lbs of food on his show so people are donating and doing what they can .Churches here are also taking a clothing drive up that will go in when things are better able to manage that sort of donation right now they need money there for the charities that are providing relief.
Since: Dec 09
#5 Jan 18, 2010
Or, they could dock the cruise ships near PAP and provide much needed lodging!
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