The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) has announced it is providing a US$100,000 donation (EUR74.440) to the Red Cross for its Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines.
The Red Cross humanitarian organisation has set up the fund and activated its family tracing services to help to reconnect families separated by the typhoon.
Global cruise lines are providing support to crew members affected by the typhoon, such as assistance contacting their families, or arranging travel to return home if necessary.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the devastating and tragic storm in the Philippines, which is the home country of so many cruise line crew members,” Cruise Lines International Association CEO Christine Duffy said.
Individual cruise lines around the world, including Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Corporation & plc, Crystal Cruises, and Paul Gauguin Cruises, have set up relief funds for Filipino crew members with donations from other crew members and guests.
They have donated cruises to auctions for relief efforts, and set up contribution match programs, contributing more than $2,237,500 to Philippines relief efforts so far.