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Update on Hurricane Dorian

We aim to keep our travelers informed as best we can. Below you will find a brief update on ways the travel industry is helping communities impacted by Hurricane Dorian and ways you, too, can help.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. plans to deliver 20,000 meals a day to Grand Bahama residents. For the near future, the line will take one of its ships headed for the Bahamas or the Caribbean and divert it for several hours to deliver on the commitment.

Carnival Corp’s philanthropic arm, Carnival Foundation, and its nine global cruise line brands will donate $1 million in Bahamas relief, while its charity, the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, pledged another $1 million. Carnival said a portion of the combined pledge will immediately go to support efforts being managed by Direct Relief, an international humanitarian organization.

• Sandals Resorts International is accepting Dorian emergency relief donations via its non-profit arm, The Sandals Foundation, with 100% of the group’s proceeds going directly to helping those in need.

Atlantis Paradise Island has established an Atlantis Bahamas Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund with 100% of the proceeds going to the Bahamas Red Cross to help fund relief efforts.

Baha Mar’s Baha Mar Foundation is accepting donations, 100% of which will go to assisting those in need throughout Grand Bahama and The Abacos by providing food, shelter and medicine.

• The Abacos’ Green Turtle Club Resort and Marina has set up a relief fund to help bring aid like medical equipment, generators, fuel, tarps, roofing materials, water and food to Green Turtle Cay island. All proceeds will go to Green Turtle Cay residents.

Royal Caribbean International and Disney Cruise Line, which both operate private island destinations in the Bahamas, each committed $1 million in hurricane relief aid.

Royal, which employs 500 people at its island, Perfect Day at CocoCay, and in its Grand Bahama Shipyard, is sending ships with generators, water, cleaning supplies, clean sheets, towels, and more to distribute in the Bahamas. Royal is also matching every dollar passengers and employees donate to its non-profit partner, the Pan American Development Foundation.

Disney is also offering resources to the 60 Bahamians that work at its island, Castaway Cay, that are from Abaco and Grand Bahama.

Delta has donated $250,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Dorian relief in the Bahamas. In addition, individuals can support the American Red Cross directly with money or SkyMiles through the Red Cross Delta microsite or at the Delta SkyWish site. Donated SkyMiles, for example, can be used to transport volunteers assisting in disaster relief efforts.

Brightline partnered with Tropic Ocean Airways and Blue Tide Marine to transport supplies to those devastated by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Passengers can drop off water, food, medicine, generators and other items at Brightline stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

As a travel agency, our travelers’ safety is of the utmost importance. We want to remind travelers that there are over 700 islands in the Bahamas and most of those islands saw little impact from the Hurricane. We will continue to support their nation with our travels as their economy relies heavily on tourism. Having said that, we are pleased to hear that cruise lines we operate with their own private islands are planning to reopen as soon as September 7. Many of the popular all-inclusive resorts that we send our travelers to in the capital city of Nassau and Paradise Island are open and fully operational.

 

Contact your travel advisor, email us (vacations@duagency.com) or call (319) 393-1359 with any questions.

 

Thank you to Travel Weekly for the relief information.