Cruise lines across the globe have been sending donations to the Philippines and helping staff affected by the devastating typhoon.
Filipinos are one of the largest nationalities represented on cruise ships and often send their salaries home to help their families.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has been helping staff return home to help their families, while it has made a donation to crewing agent Bahia Shipping to distribute to those in need.
The cruise line is also coordinating fundraising events amongst its staff at its headquarters in Ipswich and is establishing a fund to let Fred. Olsen customers make donations to help those affected.
Mike Rodwell, managing director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “This is a very worrying time for many of our crew, with families in the Philippines, and we are offering them as much support as we can at this extremely difficult time.
“As a company, we want to do as much as possible to help those of our seafarers and their families who are most in need, and we are all very touched by the concern shown by so many of our guests for the crew and their loved ones.”
Rodwell’s message was echoed by All Leisure Holidays CEO Ian Smith, who has pledged a company donation to the Red Cross and has a team on the ground via sub-contractor V-ships looking for displaced family members of crew that have been affected.
Royal Caribbean International is confident it will raise US$1 million through fundraising and matching donations dollar-to-dollar.
Carnival Corporation, along with Carnival Foundation and Miami Heat, has also pledged to raise US$1m.
Most cruise lines have expressed their sympathies for those affected in the Philippines and pledged to help staff.