Royal Caribbean sails with help for those affected by Dorian in Grand Bahama


The cruise ship Mariner of the Seas, of the Royal Caribbean company, sailed this Friday from Port Canaveral, on the east coast of Florida, heading to the Grand Bahama, where it will deliver thousands of food and water rations to the victims of Hurricane Dorian.

The ship, along with the Empress of the Seas, from the same company, will deliver necessary supplies on this island, one of the most punished by the cyclone earlier this week when it arrived as a category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds that exceeded the 180 miles per hour.

Among the help they will deliver early on Saturday on the island are 47,000 bottles of water, 362 generators, 250 tents, 25,000 square feet of plywood, 55,400 disposable diapers and 7,500 pounds of pet food.

Company sources told Efe that in addition to carrying supplies they hope to collect victims from Freeport, the capital of Grand Bahama, punished by Dorian for hours, and transfer them to the capital of the archipelago, Nassau.

The company said that these people can eat, sleep, shower and even see the medical team on board during this transfer.

The Mariner of the Seas transport hot meals based on chicken and turkey, as well as sandwiches and fries.

The aid will be delivered to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Bahamas, which in turn will distribute it mostly among churches on the island.

The Empress of the Seas was the first of the Royal Caribbean ships to arrive in the Bahamas as part of its humanitarian operation, with which it intends to deliver 20,000 daily meals in Freeport.

The arrival of other cruise ships, Symphony of the Seas, Celebrity Equinox and Harmony of the Seas, is scheduled for the next few days, the company said.

Royal Caribbean has promised a million dollars to help the Bahamas recovery tasks, where many of its Caribbean cruise ships dock, and will match every dollar that its passengers and employees donate for this cause.

The company is part of a large donation mobilization undertaken from Florida to help the victims of Dorian, which still moves northeast along the east coast of the United States 330 miles south southwest of Nantucket (Massachusetts).

Miami-based Carnival also announced that next week two of its cruises will carry supplies and food for the victims of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport and that it will donate along with its foundation $ 2 million for the recovery of the devastated islands.

The formation, which killed at least 30 people in the Bahamas, still maintains its category 1, with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour.

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