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Date Published: September 7, 2005
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Cruise Lines Aid Hurricane Relief Efforts
The devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has prompted many companies, including cruise lines, to reach into their hearts and wallets to aid the relief effort.

One of the most notable gestures thus far is Carnival's decision to lease three ships to the federal government for the next six months to house evacuees. Admittedly, Carnival will be paid $192 million and will get another $44 million in expenses, according to media reports -- but in leasing these vessels to the government the cruise line will not receive income from bars, shore excursions, casinos, etc.

A few questions we've heard are "Is there a way for passengers to make donations through cruise lines?" and "Are cruise lines themselves making significant contributions to the relief and recovery?" We've compiled a list of links to charitable organizations that are aiding hurricane relief -- click here to see how you can help. Also, over the past few days, Cruise Critic has been surveying all major cruise lines and many smaller-ship lines to find answers to those questions.

Carnival Cruise Lines
How are they helping?
Carnival is chartering Ecstasy, Sensation and Holiday to the U.S. government to serve Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. All three will serve for six months. At this point, FEMA is planning to use at least the two Galveston-based ships (Ecstasy and Sensation) to house evacuees, primarily the elderly and single-parent families.

Carnival employees have the option to donate to the American Red Cross via one-time lump sum payments or bi-weekly payroll deductions through December 30, 2005.

The line is also hosting various fundraisers both shipboard and shoreside; all monies raised will be matched dollar for dollar by the company. The program began on Friday (September 2), and $10,000 was raised in less than one day.

The line delivered 17,000 bottles of water to Mobile when Holiday arrived there on Saturday (September 3).

How can I help?
Guests may donate funds to the Red Cross via their Sail & Sign accounts.


Crystal Cruises
How are they helping?
Crystal Cruises has initiated an employee match donation program to the Red Cross. Until September 30, shipboard as well as shoreside employees will have their donation to the Red Cross matched by Crystal Cruises dollar for dollar.

How can I help?
Guests aboard our ships who would like to donate to the Hurricane Relief effort while onboard can do so via the Internet -- complimentary (Crystal is waiving the connection charges).


Cunard Line
How are they helping?
Cunard Line is donating $50,000 to the Red Cross, and matching crew donations dollar for dollar up to $50,000 fleetwide.

How can I help?
Passengers may make donations onboard any of Cunard's ships; Cunard will distribute all contributions to the Red Cross.


Delta Queen Steamboat Company
"…The Delta Queen Steamboat Company with the help of our parent company Delaware North Companies will be providing significant relief to the region and to our associates. We are determining the best way to do this and will be reaching out to the American Red Cross and other support agencies as the lines of communication open up."

How are they helping?
The company expects to send out a communication in the next few days outlining outreach efforts; we will keep you posted.

How can I help?
Delta Queen has established a link to the Red Cross from its Web site.

In addition, parent company Delaware North Companies has established the Delaware North Companies Hurricane Katrina Associate Relief Effort, Inc. (KARE). This fund is meant to assist employees impacted by Hurricane Katrina; donations can be made online and Delaware North Companies will be matching all funds raised dollar for dollar.

Any passenger booked on one of American Queen's canceled voyages wishing to convert all or part of their refund to a contribution to this effort can do so by e-mailing their name and phone number to DQSC1@dncinc.com. All such contributions are tax deductible.


Disney Cruise Line
"The devastation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is simply heartbreaking and our thoughts are with those struggling in the aftermath of this disaster ... We hope that our donation will aid emergency management teams and organizations in their efforts to provide assistance to those impacted."

How are they helping?
The Walt Disney Company will make an overall corporate contribution of $2.5 million to the relief and rebuilding efforts. Crewmembers have the opportunity to make donations to the Red Cross on their own.

How can I help?
At this point, no donation programs have been announced for Disney Cruise Line passengers.


Holland America Line, Inc. (HAL/Windstar)
"The incalculable damage resulting from Hurricane Katrina has left many of us looking for ways to help. While even one loss of life or a home is heartbreaking, we are fortunate not to have employees who live in the areas directly affected by this disaster. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families."

How are they helping?
Holland America Line is making a corporate donation to the Red Cross -- although did not reveal the amount -- and implementing a donation program for guests onboard as well as for employees. HAL will match these donations up to $100,000.

How can I help?
Passengers may make donations onboard to be distributed to the Red Cross.


Norwegian Cruise Line
"NCL is working closely with the American Red Cross to assist in the recovery and restoration process. All money raised will go directly to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund."

How are they helping?
The company is making a corporate donation -- although did not reveal the amount -- as well as conducting a fundraising drive for its employees and crew.

How can I help?
NCL is conducting a passenger fundraising drive onboard its ships, and has established a link to the Red Cross from its Web site.


Oceania Cruises
"Our focus will be on mid- and long-term relief as we strongly believe the greatest need will be once this story fades from the #1 story in the news cycle. People will need housing, jobs and to get their new lives jump-started and that's where we feel we can make the greatest impact."

How are they helping?
Oceania is making preparations to ship more than 800 beds (along with pillows and linens), more than 300 sofas, and an array of other household items and goods that can be used in shelters or by individuals. The line has also made a "significant contribution" to the Red Cross, but does not reveal an amount; shoreside and shipboard employees have been encouraged to donate to the Red Cross or the charity of their choice.

How can I help?
There are no onboard programs at this time; the line is encouraging everyone to give directly to the charity of their choice.


Princess Cruises
How are they helping?
Princess Cruises is donating $100,000 to the Red Cross, and matching crew donations dollar for dollar up to $50,000 fleetwide. Princess will also match Princess' (and Cunard's) shoreside employee's donations dollar for dollar up to $50,000.

How can I help?
Passengers may make donations onboard any of Princess' ships; Princess will distribute all contributions to the Red Cross.


Radisson Seven Seas Cruises
How are they helping?
RSSC is donating two cruises to be used as fundraisers during an online auction organized by actor Morgan Freeman at www.charityfolks.com.

Parent company Carlson Companies is launching a payroll-deduction process through which U.S.-based colleagues can donate to the Red Cross. Carlson Wagonlit Travel will match employee donations up to $5,000; other divisions of the company, such as Radisson Hotels & Resorts and T.G.I. Fridays, are donating clothing, toiletries, books, food, water and money.

How can I help?
At this point, no donation programs have been announced for RSSC passengers.


RiverBarge
The New Orleans-based company has temporarily relocated its offices to Houston. RiverBarge is offering its employees housing in Houston, many of who were also victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The company is still working on setting up a program for donations; we will keep you posted.


Royal Caribbean Int. (Royal Caribbean/Celebrity Cruises)
"Royal Caribbean extends its heartfelt sympathies to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. We are in constant communication with FEMA about what they need most to assist those impacted by the storm."

How are they helping?
Royal Caribbean is currently talking with FEMA about assistance with medical personnel, supplies and food service.

How can I help?
At this point, no donation programs have been announced for Royal Caribbean passengers.


Seabourn
How are they helping?
Seabourn employees at sea and onshore are voluntarily donating to the Red Cross as part of Carnival's matching program. In-office Seabourn employees are also collecting non-monetary goods to be distributed to hurricane victims.

How can I help?
Though no programs have been established onboard, the concierge will recommend the Red Cross to those who inquire about making donations.


Silversea
How are they helping?
Silversea is making a corporate donation -- although did not reveal the amount -- to the Salvation Army Hurricane Relief Fund, as are the company's employees.

How can I help?
At this point, no programs have been established onboard.
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