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Norwegian Cruise Line Increases Bahamas Hurricane Relief Commitment to $2 Million

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WHY IT RATES: Norwegian Cruise Line continues to give back following the devastation of Hurricane Dorian.—Donald Wood, Breaking News Senior Writer.


Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, a leading global cruise company which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, today announced the increase of its total commitment to its Hope Starts Here hurricane relief campaign in partnership with All Hands and Hearts, to $2 million, inclusive of its matching contributions. All Hands and Hearts will use these funds for the emergency response efforts across the Bahamas, including debris cleanup and removal, and the rebuilding of community infrastructure such as houses or schools.

The company will also resume calls to the Bahamas and its private island, Great Stirrup Cay, later this week. Great Stirrup Cay, experienced minimal beach erosion as a result of the storm, and has already been restored with sand that had been previously ordered.

“We understand that tourism represents a significant portion of the Bahamas’ annual GDP and we are actively involved in helping our neighbors get back on their feet by returning to the islands and providing them with the supplies necessary to rebuild along with the needed economic support that tourism brings,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “The response to our Hope Starts Here hurricane relief campaign has been so overwhelming, we have increased our total commitment to $2 million. We encourage our guests to join us by continuing to support and visit this beautiful destination.”

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. continues to coordinate with local Bahamian authorities to bring needed provisions to the affected areas. On September 5, Norwegian Breakaway departed Miami with hurricane relief supplies donated by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. employees, in addition to items collected by the City of Miami, Baptist Health South Florida, the 305 Gives Back foundation, and other organizations, which were delivered to Nassau, and the company’s private island Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. The company will continue to transport supplies to the Bahamas each week on Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Sun to support shelters in Nassau for Abaco evacuees.

“It is becoming ever more evident that the scale of Hurricane Dorian’s devastation on the Bahamas is unprecedented,” said Erik Dyson, chief executive officer of All Hands and Hearts. “As such, Norwegian’s generous commitment of $2 million is critical to support our efforts to come early and stay late to help those in need.”

To support the hurricane relief efforts of Hope Starts Here, please visit http://www.nclhltd.com/hurricanerelief.

For more information, reach out to your local travel agent.


SOURCE: Norwegian Cruise Line press release.

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Windstar President John Delaney to Step Down, Prelog Elevated to COO

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John Delaney, president of Windstar Cruises since July 2016, will step down March 4 “to focus on personal priorities,” the company announced Feb. 28.

Andrew Todd, president and CEO of parent company Xanterra Leisure Holding, will continue as CEO of the small-ship cruise line. Delaney will provide advice to the brand during the transition through March.

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Christopher Prelog, vice president of fleet operations at Windstar and former vice president at Seabourn Cruise Line, will assume the role as chief operating officer of Windstar Cruises.

In addition, Betsy O’Rourke, chief marketing officer for Xanterra and the former senior vice president of marketing at Royal Caribbean, will lend her expertise to the Windstar brand.

This is a time of growth and expansion for the small-ship line. Its $250 Million Star Plus Initiative will lengthen three of Windstar’s yacht-like motor ships so new suites, dining venues and public spaces can be added. The first of the stretched ships, Star Breeze, is slated to return to service in May 2020.

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