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Cruise lines step up to provide aid, support to Bahamas

Posted at 12:30 PM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 13:38:54-04

The cruise lines - many of which make frequent stops in the Bahamas - are lining up to provide aid, transport and supplies to the islands devastated by Hurricane Dorian.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Grand Celebration, a ship from Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, transported hundreds of volunteers, EMS workers, nurses, doctors and surgeons to the islands yesterday. Also on board were supplies and Bahamians who were trying to get back home.

Royal Caribbean International announced Tuesday that it planned to stock its ships with goods, including generators, water, cleaning supplies, sheets and towels, for delivery to the Bahamas. Empress of the Seas, which departed Miami Wednesday on a hurricane-shortened voyage, will be the first to make a drop-off. The ship is scheduled to anchor off the coast of Grand Bahamas Island Thursday with 10,000 meals, 10,000 bottles of water, generators, medical supplies and other aid items before taking cruisers to a planned stop in Nassau. The stop required a detor from the planned cruise schedule, but passengers were notified of the reason and offered a chance to contribute to the aid, or to write a note of support for delivery to affected Bahamians.

Here's a story listing more of the activities underway.