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Carnival Corp. and Arison Foundations Pledge $1.25 Million to Australian Bushfire Recovery

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Carnival Corp. & plc announced a pledge of over $1.25 million to Australian bushfire disaster recovery. The pledge was made Jan. 9 by the Carnival Foundation, five of its cruise line brands, and the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation.

The Arison Foundation, led by Carnival Corp. Chairman Micky Arison and his wife, Madeleine, pledged US$1 million in addition to $250,000 (AU$350,000) from the Carnival Foundation, P&O Cruises (Australia), Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. All five brands operate either year-round or seasonally in Australia.

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The $1 million donation will help support urgent relief needs while the $250,000 donation has been committed to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

“Our cruise lines carried hundreds of thousands of Aussies and international guests on voyages this summer, and this gesture is a sign of our solidarity with the local community,” said Sture Myrmell, president of Carnival Australia, which comprises several of the corporation’s brands operating in the country.

“As a cruise shipping organization with close ties to Australian communities developed over many years, we have been shocked by the devastation from this ongoing disaster. Our cruise lines are contributing to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery work because of the organization’s experience in dealing with the effects of natural disasters and its national reach.”

The company’s commitment follows the combined AU$50,000 donation from P&O Cruises (Australia) and its guests to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in late 2019 to support residents of New South Wales and Queensland impacted by the local bushfires at that time. For more information on the Australian Red Cross and ways to provide support, visit www.redcross.org.au/.

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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Resumes Sailings Mother’s Day Weekend

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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line announced today that it’s extending the suspension of all sailings through May 6, 2020, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Its ship, the Grand Celebration, is now scheduled to resume operations on Friday, May 8, 2020, with the expectation that it will be able to welcome passengers aboard just in time to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend.

Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, stated, “At Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, the wellbeing of our passengers and crew is always our top priority. While we understand that this news is disappointing for many of our valued guests, we believe that further suspension is necessary to ensure their continued safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are in communication with all guests booked on a canceled sailing, as well as with our travel advisor partners, and we are offering a 125-percent Future Cruise Credit for all guests booked on a canceled sailing. We wish everyone the very best at this time and look forward to providing you a better way to getaway again soon.”

The Caribbean carrier’s updated “Sail with Ease” policy automatically issues a 125-percent Future Cruise Credit for guests who have two-night cruise and ‘Cruise & Stay’ bookings that need to be canceled due to the extended COVID-19-related suspension. Affected guests need only call customer service at (800) 374-4363 to transfer their booking to any future sailing date through December 31, 2021.

While the cruise line is encouraging guests to opt for the incentivized Future Cruise Credit, those who would prefer their money back are entitled to receive a 100-percent refund of the two-night cruise or ‘Cruise & Stay’ package price, including taxes, fees, charges and any pre-paid amenity or package.

For more information, visit bahamasparadisecruise.com.

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