Cruise Liners, Disney Donating Millions to Help Bahamas Rebuild from Hurricane Dorian

NASSAU, BAHAMAS - SEPTEMBER 03: In this USCG handout image, Overhead view of a row of damaged structures in the Bahamas from a Coast Guard Elizabeth City C-130 aircraft after Hurricane Dorian shifts north September 3, 2019. Hurricane Dorian made landfall Saturday and intensified into Sunday. The Coast Guard is …
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Major cruise liners and The Walt Disney Company are paying it forward by donating millions of dollars to help relief efforts in the Bahamas, which is struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Dorian.

The storm’s catastrophic winds and flooding killed seven, and relief officials have reported scenes of mass destruction in some areas.

Royal Caribbean said in a statement it would pledge $1 million towards relief efforts in the area, and its partner ITM in Freeport would donate an additional $100,000.

“The Bahamas has been part of our family for nearly 5 decades. Our thoughts & support are with them during this difficult time,” Royal Caribbean announced.

The cruise liner added that it would match guest and employee donations of up to $500,000 to the Pan American Development Foundation.

The Walt Disney Company also pledged more than $1 million in relief efforts, with most of the money going to nonprofit agencies in the area and donating food and basic resources to those who need it.

“The Walt Disney Company stands with the people of The Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement.

“We hope our $1 million donation will provide much-needed relief and help our neighbors, colleagues, and all those impacted by this devastating storm begin the long process of recovery as they work to put their lives and communities back together,” Iger’s statement continued.

Carnival Cruise Line also pledged to help in relief efforts, saying it is working to determine how best to help those in the Bahamas affected by the storm.

“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,” Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald said in a statement. “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.”

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