Carnival Corporation, its cruise brands and charitable foundations are partnering with Caribbean officials on sustainable, long-term projects to support community needs with a focus on youth, education and emergency preparedness. The Caribbean is one of the world’s most popular regions for cruise vacations and supporting its health and vitality after the devastating effects from recent hurricanes and storms is very important to their long-term success and ours.

We have been working with local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including UNICEF and United Way of Miami-Dade and of Puerto Rico, to partner with several islands on community projects specifically tailored to their needs and designed to have a lasting impact. The islands include the Caribbean destinations of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The community improvement projects have been part of a significant donation from Carnival Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Carnival Corporation, along with the company’s brands, the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund, and the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family to provide up to $10 million in funding and in-kind support. Working closely with affected islands and local and international NGOs, we designed projects tailored to address the identified community needs with a sustainable, long-term impact. These community projects include:

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AIDA Cruises is working with UNICEF and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to rebuild Dominica’s main primary school, Mahaut Primary School. 

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Carnival Cruise Line, in partnership with UNICEF, is helping fund the CHANCES orphanage, which provides a nurturing home environment for kids in need of care and protection in Dominica.

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Carnival Cruise Line is working in partnership with United Way of Puerto Rico to rebuild a school that was damaged during last year’s storm season, and is also working to bring back playgrounds across San Juan, which is a homeport for the brand’s ship, the Carnival Fascination.

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Carnival Cruise Line is the founding partner and sponsor in the creation of K1 Britannia Foundation’s Disaster Relief Program to help ensure St. Maarten is fully equipped and prepared for future storms, including adequate emergency supplies, education programs and training for volunteer-response teams, and partnerships with strategic organizations to provide logistical assistance such as transportation, expertise in specialized fields, security and distribution.

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Carnival Corporation is working in partnership with United Way of Miami-Dade and the government to build a recreation center for children on the capital island of Grand Turk where the Grand Turk Cruise Center is located. The recreation center will also double as an emergency shelter designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. 

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Carnival Cruise Line is working to bring back a primary community playground and has partnered with the Virgin Islands’ Ministry of Education to support its entertainment programs, which lost millions of dollars in musical equipment. The brand’s entertainment team is working closely with a local high school through the Ministry of Education to donate musical equipment and develop an ongoing program to assist kids in understanding entertainment opportunities aboard Carnival Cruise Line ships.

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Holland America Line is working with the K1 Britannia Foundation to support its Maritime Training and Boat Building Program for Youth – created in partnership with St. Maarten Sailing School, Kidz at Sea and the International Boatbuilding Training College – to provide young people with maritime training and certification, courses in boat building and the opportunity for jobs in the maritime industry after completing the program.

Holland America Line has also partnered with K1’s Disaster Relief & Crisis Team, K1 DIRECT. As a key sponsor, Holland America Line has adopted the search and rescue and shelter management aspects of K1 DIRECT enabling them to train volunteers and secure the necessary equipment for CPR, AED usage, First Aid, Basic Fire Safety, and more.Volunteers will also undergo training in search and rescue, psychological first aid, and various humanitarian courses regionally and internationally.

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Princess Cruises, through its Princess Cruises Community Foundation, is working in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) to help rebuild the Virgin Islands Children’s Museum in St. Thomas and is sponsoring a key water table exhibit. Princess Cruises is also sponsoring lending libraries in different areas around the islands to support literacy and a love of reading. And, this summer the partnership started a program that will enable low-income families to visit the museum for a minimal fee.

In addition to the above efforts, we are directing funding toward general UNICEF social programs in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, and the British Virgin Islands that support education in the region.

In the aftermath of the hurricane season, the Carnival team provided critical guidance on immediate relief efforts as well as what was required for the return of cruise visits. Several executives have visited the various islands since partnering with the Department of Tourism other agencies and international organizations to support recovery. In addition to the community projects, we continue to visit these islands as part of our Caribbean presence, delivering great vacations to millions of guests while also providing sustained tourism activity with a significant impact on the region’s economic growth and prosperity.