Royal Caribbean is joining the worldwide effort to provide humanitarian relief efforts to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Royal Caribbean has taken steps to help crew members attempt to communicate with relatives inthe Philippines. Company executives also held a special meeting Monday morning with more than 200 Filipino crew members aboard Vision of the Seas, which was docked near the company’s headquarters in Miami, to let them know that more would be done, including matching contributions from employees dollar-for-dollar.
Royal Caribbean said its efforts to help the people of the Philippines would raise $1 million.
Royal Caribbean chairman Richard Fain commented on the effort, "Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the storm. More than 12,800 of our employees call the Philippines home. We want to do everything we can to help them, their families, and their neighbors heal from this terrible tragedy."
Royal Caribbean cares a lot about the plight of the storm victims, especially considering Filipinos make up the largest nationality represented across Royal Caribbean's cruise line.
The cruise company will collaborate with its local manning agency, Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc. (PTC), to assess the storm’s impact on crew members and their families. The companies have deployed an emergency team to the hardest-hit areas in the Philippines, and will establish a central communications point where employees currently on Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises, CDF Croisieres de France, and TUI Cruises ships, can ask for assistance in reaching their family members, and where employees who are not currently on ship assignments can check in.