This is a short excerpt from Royal Caribbean's Why Not? Blog, often authored by CEO Adam Goldstein, but this time by John Weis, Associate Vice-President, Private Destinations, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Finally, I am happy to say we are committed to continuing calls to Labadee with Independence of the Seas tomorrow. There were a lot of discussions about this, but in the end, Labadee is critical to Haiti’s recovery and hundreds of people rely on Labadee for their livelihood. In our conversations with the U.N. Special Envoy of the Government of Haiti Leslie Voltaire, he notes that Haiti will benefit from the revenues that are generated from each call, which is critical to their recovery. We also have tremendous opportunities to use our ships as transport vessels for relief supplies and personnel to Haiti.
You can read the rest of his post, entitle "Haitian Relief in Motion" here: Haitian Relief in Motion « Why Not?
I urge you to read the post, and when you're done, pick up your cell phone and text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross efforts in Haiti. It will automatically be charged to your next cell phone bill. It couldn't be easier and the money will get to those who need it immediately. The US State Department is even recommending that US citizens wishing to help, donate the the Red Cross, via text , online or phone call.
I do believe CEO Goldstein is correct in making the decision to return ships to Labadee as soon as possible, for several reasons.
1. The local economy is semi-reliant on the injections of cash cruise ships and their passengers bring.
2. These ships can serve as relief vessels by bringing in medical supplies, food and relief workers.
I hope Royal Caribbean immediately begins to investigate ways to assist in the logistical process of supplying aid to the Haitian region. Its the right thing to do.