The health and growth of our business is inextricably linked to the vitality and sustainability of our communities, both in our home ports and in the destinations we visit around the world.
PARTNERING WITH THE BAHAMAS
The health and growth of our business is inextricably linked to the vitality and sustainability of our communities, both in our home ports and in the destinations we visit around the world. Every year, the world experiences a series of natural disasters and crises that impact the wellbeing of millions of people. As part of our global disaster relief commitment, we strive to make a difference in the affected areas by working with government officials, local and international relief organizations, and coordinating corporate and employee donations for emergencies such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters.
In 2019, Hurricane Dorian became the most intense Category 5 Atlantic hurricane on record to strike The Bahamas and is regarded as the worst natural disaster in the country’s history. The Bahamas is among the world’s most popular destinations for cruise vacations, and supporting the country’s health and vitality after the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian, while also working to ensure disaster preparedness in the future, is important to not only their own long-term success but also to ours.
PARTNERSHIP WITH TROPICAL SHIPPING AND THE BAHAMAS NATIONAL EMERGENCY AGENCY
We partnered with Tropical Shipping and The Bahamas National Emergency Agency (NEMA) to collect and distribute food and supplies donated by nonprofit organizations, schools, businesses, and individuals throughout South Florida and North America. Tropical Shipping stocked, shipped, and directly delivered the containers to NEMA in The Bahamas.
The shipments included medical supplies, water, food, cots, tents, wheelbarrows, shovels, chainsaws, generators, and other emergency relief supplies. Carnival Corporation & plc, along with its brands, covered shipping costs as well as provided food and supplies as part of the effort. The initiative provided immediate assistance to Bahamians where it was most needed.
Through our partnership with Tropical Shipping, we were able to collect and donate an estimated 10 million pounds of food and supplies filling over 250 shipping containers that were delivered to NEMA and The Bahamas.
CRUISE SHIPS RETURN TO THE BAHAMAS
Carnival Cruise Line organized and delivered shipments of supplies on board two of its ships, Carnival Liberty and Carnival Pride. The ships made stops in Freeport to deliver relief supplies to assist residents, including dozens of pallets of water, generators, chain saws, prepared meals and medical supplies.
One month and a half after Hurricane Dorian struck Grand Bahama, Carnival Cruise Line was the first major cruise company to return to Freeport, the island’s capital, marking the return of regular cruise calls to Grand Bahama.
SUPPORTING WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN
World Central Kitchen was founded by celebrity chef José Andrés and is devoted to providing meals to those in need after natural disasters.
Carnival Corporation & plc and Carnival Foundation provided support to World Central Kitchen, which served more than 25,000 meals per day to people in Abaco and Grand Bahama following Hurricane Dorian. World Central Kitchen has provided over one million meals throughout The Bahamas.
COLLABORATION WITH DIRECT RELIEF
Carnival Corporation & plc worked with Direct Relief to provide medical equipment and supplies in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization with the mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care. With support from Carnival Corporation & plc, Carnival Foundation and the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, Direct Relief has delivered more than $2.9 million in life-saving medical aid to health facilities across The Bahamas, including Rand Hospital.
RESTORING RAND MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Following Hurricane Dorian, Carnival Corporation & plc
signed an agreement with The Bahamas to fund and
support flood damage repairs and restoration efforts
at Rand Memorial Hospital, the primary hospital in
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. The project comprised
two critical restoration initiatives: remediation and basic
repairs for the facility, and replacing damaged medical
SUPPORT EFFORTS WITH GRAND BAHAMA SHIPYARD
As a result of Hurricane Dorian, Grand Bahama Utility Company suffered damage to its critical systems impacting crucial fresh water supply to businesses and residents on Grand Bahama Island. Understanding the importance of a consistent water supply for the community, Grand Bahama Shipyard – with the commitment of shareholders Carnival Corporation & plc, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Grand Bahama Port Authority – assisted in providing power generation restoration to the utility, sending shipyard technicians to help recharge the water plant and pipes, and repairing and replacing electric motors and pumps, which is accelerating the return of water services.
DEVELOPING TWO NEW CRUISE PORT DESTINATIONS IN THE BAHAMAS
In 2019, Carnival Corporation & plc and two of its cruise brands, Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line, signed an agreement with The Bahamas to build two major port developments. Under the agreement, Carnival Corporation & plc will develop a new cruise port destination primarily for Carnival Cruise Line on Grand Bahama and construct a new addition, including a pier, on the Bahamian island of Little San Salvador, home to Holland America Line’s award-winning Half Moon Cay port. The Grand Bahama project will represent an investment of over $100 million and the development on Little San Salvador will be an estimated $80 million investment over time.
The projects are expected to play an important role in the country’s recovery from the impacts of Hurricane Dorian. As part of the development, Carnival Corporation & plc plans include construction parameters that are designed to meet or exceed guidelines for being able to mostly withstand the impact of a Category 5 hurricane. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the first quarter of 2020 and the pandemic impact on our industry, the permitting and startup of construction for both projects are expected to be delayed.