Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. pledged $1 million in humanitarian relief to Haiti in response to Tuesday's devastating earthquake that leveled much of Port-au-Prince.
RCCL is also delivering goods and supplies to Haiti via their cruise ships, the first of which arrived today. The Independence of the Seas called in Labadee this morning stocked with rice, dried beans, powdered milk, water and canned goods.
RCCL said that 100% of the revenue made in today’s Labadee call would be contributed to the relief effort.
"The effect of the earthquake on Haiti has been catastrophic, leaving the country in need of not only immediate support but assistance in their long-term recovery," RCCL Chairman Richard Fain said in a statement. "Royal Caribbean wants to do its part to help out not only the general response, but also our hundreds of Haitian employees and their families through this disaster.
"In addition to our financial contribution, Royal Caribbean will continue to provide economic support through the continuous business we bring to Labadee," he added.
In the next two weeks, RCCL said the following ships are scheduled to call on Labadee with additional supplies: the Navigator of the Seas on Monday, Jan. 18; the Liberty of the Seas on Tuesday, Jan. 19; and the Celebrity Solstice on Friday, Jan. 22.
The supplies will be distributed by Food for the Poor, an RCCL partner in Haiti.