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Royal Caribbean Dispatches Two Ships For Humanitarian Efforts

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Royal Caribbean is making some humanitarian efforts to help those affected in disaster-stricken areas.

The cruise line is sending its Spectrum of the Seas ship to Australia and its Celebrity Millennium to the west coast for special cruises for first responders.

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“When things go wrong, this is a company that wants to find a way to help,” Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., said in a statement. “At Royal Caribbean, we consider ourselves fortunate to be able to use our ships in a positive way during difficult times.”

For starters, Royal Caribbean will send 1 million N-95 protective masks to China for government distribution into areas affected by the coronavirus. The outbreak has sickened more than 66,000 people and killed more than 1,500.

“We admire the all-out efforts of the Chinese government and people to address this crisis, and we want to bring our resources to bear to help their efforts,” Fain said.

Spectrum of the Seas will travel to Australia and be deployed on complimentary cruises sailing from Sydney in support of Australia’s first responder community, who worked tirelessly over many weeks of the brush fire crisis that consumed millions of acres – and killed thousands of animals – earlier this year.

“We are in a fortunate position to offer these brave and selfless members of the Australian community the opportunity to join us for a few days and let them relax and unwind in the company of other volunteers and first responders,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “By welcoming and accommodating them aboard Spectrum of the Seas, we hope to recognize their contribution and offer them our hospitality.”

Celebrity Millennium is repositioning to the west coast and will offer a series of “Cruising for Heroes” sailings in support of California firefighters, other first responders, and veterans throughout March and April. A variety of three-, four- and five-night sailings have been added to the brand’s offerings to travel the Pacific Coast. The sailings will leave from Los Angeles and details will be announced soon.

“The women and men of Celebrity were keen to have this opportunity to give back, even though this repositioning presented a challenging timeline,” Fain said. “We know the hard work and sacrifice of those who have been keeping Californians safe, and it feels good to be able to say ‘thank you.'”

And when circumstances improve, Royal Caribbean International will dedicate a ship in China to a series of complimentary sailings to thank first responders and medical personnel for their heroic efforts to defeat the virus.

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Passengers Being Evacuated as Zaandam, Rotterdam Finally Dock

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For the first time in almost a month, passengers aboard an illness-stricken Holland America ship put their feet on dry land this morning.

The Zaandam, with four dead aboard, nine confirmed coronavirus cases and 200 more that are sick, finally docked in Fort Lauderdale overnight after an arduous, frustrating journey in which the boat was turned away from a half-dozen ports on its South American itinerary.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis finally relented and allowed the Zaandam – as well as its sister ship, the Rotterdam, which took on some of the Zaandam’s healthy passengers – to dock at Port Everglades late Thursday night.

According to the Associated Press, 14 critically ill people were removed from the Zaandam first and taken to Florida hospitals, followed by Florida residents and other passengers. Buses were taking people healthy enough to travel directly to the airport and directly to chartered flights, avoiding the terminal.

“This is a humanitarian situation, and the County Commission’s top priority is protecting our 1.9 million residents while providing a contained disembarkation option for people on board who need to get safely home,” Broward County Mayor Dale Holness said in a statement late Thursday.

Holland America initially said 45 people who were mildly ill would stay onboard the Zaandam until they recovered, but the docking plan released later Thursday indicated that 26 passengers and 50 crew members were ill. Two of the four dead had COVID-19.

Carnival Corp., which owns the Holland America Line, said the Coral Princess – its last ship carrying passengers to a U.S. port since the pandemic was declared – will arrive on Saturday with more than 1,000 passengers who have been isolating in their cabins, including 12 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

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