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'You will not be alone in your efforts'


Royal Caribbean has pledged $1 million to the Pan American Development Foundation’s (PADF) Hurricane Dorian Relief Campaign while its joint venture partner ITM, with whom Royal has working on a resort development in Freeport, has pledged a further $100,000.

“The Bahamas has always been more than a destination for Royal Caribbean and our guests,” said Royal. “For more than half a century, we have made many friends and many memories. The Bahamas is also home to more than 500 hundred of our colleagues at Perfect Day at CocoCay and the Grand Bahama Shipyard.”

Royal said it partnered with the PADF and the Bahamian government to best distribute donations and aid, adding its ships would delivery generators, clean water, cleaning supplies and other essentials to the nation. It has also pledged to match every dollar donated by guests or employees.

Carnival Corp chief executive Arnold Donald added: “Our hearts go out to those who have lost friends and loved ones, and whose homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed.

“Knowing and working over many years with so many Bahamians, we have long admired the strong spirit, determination and love of life they exhibit. We look forward to supporting their forthcoming hard work to rebuild, recover and again welcome tourists and cruise guests with open arms to their beautiful country.

“To our friends in The Bahamas, please know you will not be alone in your effort. All of us at Carnival Corporation pledge to work with you. We have been and remain in constant contact with government officials as they determine the highest priorities for both the short term and long term.”

Donald added the line remained “fully committed” to its two major projects on Grand Bahama and at Half Moon Cay.

Dorian heading for US mainland


Dorian steered away from the Bahamas late on Tuesday and into the early hours of Wednesday as it approaches the US mainland.

While it has weakened to a category two storm, Dorian has grown larger and is still expected to bring winds in excess of 100mph to the US.

The US states of Florida, Georgia, and North and South Carolina, have declared states of emergency and enforced mandatory evacuation orders.

A number of airlines have temporarily suspended operations to Orlando, or consolidated flights to make best use of breaks in the storm.

Meanwhile, various high profile tourist attractions, such as Walt Disney World, adjusted their operating hours to guard against the weather.

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