RCCL's redeployed ships to offer free cruises to first responders

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The Celebrity Millennium.
The Celebrity Millennium.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) said it would offer of complimentary cruises to emergency responders in Australia and the U.S. and, later, China, using its ships previously scheduled to sail in China and Asia.

"When things go wrong, this is a company that wants to find a way to help," Fain said in a statement. "At Royal Caribbean, we consider ourselves fortunate to be able to use our ships in a positive way during difficult times.

Celebrity Cruises is sending the Millennium to the West Coast of the U.S. and is planning a series of free cruises for California firefighters, veterans and other first responders. The "Cruising for Heroes" sailings will operate throughout March and April.

RCCL CEO Richard Fain said the Spectrum of the Seas will be sent to Australia and will give free cruises to those who helped fight the recent devastating wildfires Down Under.

Michael Bayley, the president of Royal Caribbean International, said the Spectrum and its crew have not been in China for more than 14 days.

RCCL said it is also working with its suppliers to deliver one million protective masks to China.

When the situation in China improves, Bayley said the line will dedicate a ship to China for a series of free sailings for emergency workers and medical personnel.

Details of the itineraries are being developed.

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