Sea ViewsFrom President and COO, Adam Goldstein

Sea Views Blog with Adam Goldstein

Guest Post: Royal Caribbean’s Community Responds to the Crisis in Haiti

The world has understood with intense clarity that the earthquake in Haiti is an event of enormous magnitude requiring a global outpouring of assistance. Initial fund-raising efforts appear to be very successful. The crucial variable is the organization of the relief effort and the ability to get supplies to the people in need. The Royal Caribbean community is touched in many ways by this crisis. One of the primary impacts is on our Crown & Anchor Society members many of whom have been to Labadee and have interacted with our Haitian employees either onboard or at the site. I asked Betsy O’Rourke, our Senior VP, Marketing, to share some thoughts at this juncture and here is what she wrote:

It has been truly gratifying to hear from so many loyal to Royal Crown & Anchor members as the tragedy in Haiti has unfolded. These wonderful people have contacted us with so many well intended ideas for how to help, looking for us to facilitate the delivery of goods and services to those in desperate need. Adam’s involvement with former President Clinton on the economic development of Haiti has been instrumental in Royal Caribbean’s quick response to the crisis. Yesterday our first ship delivered much needed supplies as Independence of the Seas called on Labadee. While we are very fortunate to be able to help in this way, please remember President Clinton’s strong advice to well-intentioned individual donors – please make cash contributions to reputable charities rather than individually attempting to provide supplies.

There are some who are criticizing us for continuing to call on Labadee with vacationing guests knowing that less than a hundred miles away people are suffering. We gave a lot of thought to that very question, is it appropriate for us to continue business as usual at this destination? We reached out to Leslie Voltaire, Haiti’s liaison to President Clinton and someone who has known and worked with us for more than 10 years in different minister-level positions in the Haitian government. Mr. Voltaire fully supported the continuation of our ship calls. He said there must be both rescue and recovery and the economic benefit of our ship calls is part of recovery. It reminded me of Mayor Rudy Giuliani after the 9/11 crisis in New York City going on national television over and over again begging people to come to the city if they really wanted to help so that the economy would rebuild as quickly as possible.

So while we recognize that it may seem insensitive to some to have our guests enjoying the beautiful waters and beaches on one side of the island while there is misery on the other side, we know that by continuing to bring our ships to the island, we will not only be delivering much needed supplies, but we will be continuing to contribute to the overall economic well being of the country as we have for almost 30 years now. I am really proud of our Crown & Anchor members for their encouragement and support of Royal Caribbean’s leadership in aid to Haiti, a country which so many of us have enjoyed first-hand.

Interested in helping? Royal Caribbean International is working with Food For The Poor and the Pan American Development Foundation. We encourage guests to make monetary donations to either of these organizations which are currently engaged in the relief effort. For even more information on Royal Caribbean’s humanitarian relief to Haiti, click HERE.

11 responses to:
“Guest Post: Royal Caribbean’s Community Responds to the Crisis in Haiti”

  1. Jim

    As a C&A Diamond Plus member, I support what RCCL is doing in Haiti 100%. I’ll be boarding Independence of the Seas and I’ll be interested to speak with crew members and back-to-back guests to see how the visit went. Also, I’ll be on Liberty of the Seas for their Jan. 31 sailing, which calls on Labadee Feb. 2nd. This is not the time to abandon this country.

  2. MICHAEL c. mitchell

    Dear Mr. Goldstein and Ms. O’Rourke;

    It is heartening to know that fellow members of the
    Crown & Anchor Society are supporting Royal Caribbean’s morally correct decision to continue to
    sail into Haiti.

    As the true scope of this tragedy becomes more apparent each day, there will be increased pressure from some to cease your calls to Haiti. It is imperative this does not happen. Your shipping line is
    in a unique position to lead the corporate world in
    assisting Haiti in both the short and long-term.

    It is ironic that the Crown & Anchor Society, designed
    for client retention and making your cruises more enjoyable, may actually have an effect on something so
    important. Continue the good work.

    Regards,

    Michael C. Mitchell

  3. Molly Kundis

    Mr. Goldstein my question is is there any way ticketed visitors out of Haiti? The Airlines are locked.As you know power is non existant and our family is running out of cell power.I would appreciate any thoughts on this. It really is a nightmare all the way around.
    Sincerly,
    Molly Kundis

  4. Cindy Ross

    I used to sing on Cruise ships including RCCL and NCL and frequently went to Haiti during the 70′s and 80′s. If Peter Compton is still with your company, please ask him to contact me. I want to help.

  5. Brian McGinnis

    I am glad to hear that RCCL is still going to Haiti, as I have been there on Grandeur of the Seas. It is important to to keep going there to help the Haitian people and to rebuild their economy. I am glad I have taken 7 cruise on RCCL, it is good to that some of the money my family and I have spent is going to such a worthy cause. I, and many other family members, are taking yet another RCCL this coming year. It is good to know that RCCL is doing the right thing. I am glad to be part of the Crown and Anchor Society. Thank you RCCl, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Haitian people. We will be contributing to your cause.

  6. amy

    Will there be any way for those of use on near-future cruises to Labadee to donate supplies, either on the ship or directly to the port?

  7. amy

    Will there be any way for those of use on near-future cruises to Labadee to donate supplies, either on the ship or directly to the port itself?

  8. Jonas Brandon

    Haiti’s recovery is predicated upon continued investment and development. It is encouraging to hear Royal Caribbean is committed to this and further is finding ways to immediately assist with the rescue effort.

  9. David Ratner

    One way to help Haiti would be to build a true deep water port a Labadee, as opposed to the tender port that currently exists. This would also be a benefit for RCL’s wheelchair-user clients.

    • Adam

      David, thank you for your comment. As you may know Labadee recently underwent and extensive refurbishment which included the building of a pier so that guests can now walk directly off the ship and onto the island.

  10. Robert grove

    I applaud the efforts of RC for the Hatian people. However if not for the Cruise Guest like myself RC could not provide this support. I am A diamond member of Crown & Anchor Society with 12 credited cruises. I find the more cruises I take with RC the less rewards are offered. I get emails for Certificates,but when I try to log onto the site I get Page no longer avalible. I have written to RC with important inquiries only to receive no responce.
    I have had clothes ruined in RC’s laundry,I was seriously, physically injered on A RC cruise because of RC’s irresponsibility, without compansation or even an appoligy.
    As this being A negative note, I doubt I will see it on your blog or even to get A responce of any kind,as this seems to be RC’s agenda.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Close

Connect With us

Tab indicator
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@Andrea_guzy You can find our Romance Packages at: http://t.co/HH7lmpEIir
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@debritz Please try again. Thank you.
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@debritz Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Can you please DM us with your booking number and contact information?
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@ANewChapterPt2 After Quantum, NY will welcome Freedom-class Liberty of the Seas & then Quantum’s sister ship Anthem of the Seas next Winter
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@mr_hooper All of our ships are equipped with North American standard, 110 volts AC & standard European 220/230 volts AC outlets.
Explore even more of the world. See where your favorite ship is sailing from in 2015.
When are you constantly moving, but always in the same place? 
#allureoftheseas  
Next step in building #QuantumOfTheSeas: putting the azipods into place.
Countdown to November: Today the final block of #QuantumOfTheSeas was moved into place. 
You've got questions, he's got answers. CEO Adam Goldstein is hosting a Google hangout today at 1:30 / 12:30 CST to talk about Quantum dining: http://bit.ly/1g4n6du 
Watch Adam Goldstein and Moderator Colleen McDaniel as they answer questions and discuss the latest innovations coming to Quantum of the Seas
Get a taste of our next Quantum reveal. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement next week.
Disembark to a new world. #norway  
So much more to explore.  #stmaarten  
The options are endless.  #allureoftheseas  

JavaScript and Flash are required to view video content. View the playlist on YouTube.

  • Sea cave on Benagil Sea cave on Benagil Beach, Algarve, Portugal. 6 hours + 12 minutes ago
  • Explore the groundbr Explore the groundbreaking art and architecture of Barcelona, Spain. 6 hours + 12 minutes ago
  • Take in the sights o Take in the sights of Barcelona, Spain. 6 hours + 12 minutes ago
  • Umbrellas float abov Umbrellas float above the street in Agueda, Portugal. 6 hours + 12 minutes ago
  • Buddha in Java, Indo Buddha in Java, Indonesia. 1 day + 6 hours ago
  • Bali, Indonesia | 30 Bali, Indonesia | 30 Amazing Places on Earth You Need To Visit 1 day + 6 hours ago
  • Dawn in Benoa (Bali) Dawn in Benoa (Bali), Indonesia. 1 day + 6 hours ago
  • Temple in Bali, Indo Temple in Bali, Indonesia. 1 day + 6 hours ago
  • Pura Lempuyang Door Pura Lempuyang Door in Bali, Indonesia. 1 day + 6 hours ago
  • Semporna, Sabah in I Semporna, Sabah in Indonesia. Canoe past starfish and mountains. 1 day + 6 hours ago
  • Picturesque villages and beautiful beaches? Welcome to the Greek Isles. Follow the link in our profile for the full itinerary.
  • Wander the winding streets in the historic heart of Athens. Follow the link in our profile for Mediterranean itineraries.
  • Not to be missed in Montenegro: the Old City of Kotor, one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic. Link to Mediterranean itineraries in our profile.
  • First stop on our Mediterranean trip: Venice, built on 118 submerged islands. Follow the link in our profile for Mediterranean itineraries.
  • Your #royalwow view awaits in the Mediterranean. Set sail with us tomorrow as we explore the European coast.
  • The banana toffee panini. Simple, sweet, sublime. Follow the link our profile to see the full menu for Michael's Genuine Pub.
  • A taste of the Mediterranean. The Greek farro salad at Michael's Genuine Pub, made from the freshest ingredients available. (Follow the link in our profile to see the full menu.)
  • The ultimate comfort food: thick-cut potato chips with pan-fried onion dip. Coming this November to Michael's Genuine Pub onboard Quantum of the Seas. (Link to full menu in our profile.)
  • Love 150 Central Park? We're partnering with Michael Schwartz again to create his newest restaurant onboard Quantum of the Seas. All this week we're giving you a sneak peek of the menu (or follow the
  • When are you constantly moving, but always in the same place?
Autism Friendly Family Vacations: What You Need to Know

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:09 AM

Autism friendly. Two seemingly simple words, but they are having a huge impact for our guests and the autism community. My name is Ron Pettit and I’m ADA and Access Compliance Consultant at Royal... Continue Here to Read More…

Why Everyone Should Get Involved and Volunteer Everywhere

Friday, April 18, 2014 11:50 AM

GIVE Day (Get Involved Volunteer Everywhere) is the corporate global volunteer day for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and is our largest employee community event. My name is Helen O’Connell, Manager... Continue Here to Read More…

Quantum Class Ships: Empowering Guests to Take Full Control of Their Dining Experience

Thursday, April 10, 2014 2:14 PM

Hi everyone. I’m excited to begin our Quantum of the Seas blog series by sharing details about a new approach to dining at sea onboard Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum Class ships. Our... Continue Here to Read More…

How to Connect with a Colleague When You Have Conflicting Interests

Monday, March 10, 2014 10:11 AM

We are not all the same.  Not in life and not in business.  As a consequence, maintaining a healthy perspective on differences among people is a critical success factor in a business career. Some... Continue Here to Read More…

Humorous Travel Stories

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 3:30 PM

It might be my impending trip to Shanghai for dinner with four red eye flights in five nights.  I want to believe this will be tolerable.  So I find myself thinking of some of the humorous things I... Continue Here to Read More…

Why We Needed Bumper Cars to Go Head to Head

Friday, February 14, 2014 1:56 PM

Guest post by Nick Weir I’m Nick Weir, the Vice President of Entertainment at Royal Caribbean International.  As usual we’ve been hard at work and are very focused on Quantum of the Seas in... Continue Here to Read More…

She’s Back…Navigator of the Seas Emerges After Massive Makeover

Friday, February 7, 2014 6:20 PM

Guest blog by Lisa Lutoff-Perlo It’s a very exciting week for us here at Royal Caribbean International. After spending a month in drydock, we’re pleased to announce Navigator of the Seas is... Continue Here to Read More…

Productivity Hacks: Build a Great Team at Work and at Home

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:35 PM

When you live at the outer limits of multitasking, you never feel productive enough. So it’s nice of LinkedIn to assign a topic on the premise that I am in fact productive. Time is the scarce... Continue Here to Read More…

Why Project Radiance Didn’t Turn Out as Planned

Monday, January 13, 2014 3:00 PM

A reader recently asked if there was a time where I did something and it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to, and what I did after that.  There are probably many relevant examples, but the one... Continue Here to Read More…

The Importance of Shipyard Visits

Monday, January 6, 2014 5:59 PM

Recently I visited both shipyards that are currently building ships for Royal Caribbean International.  First I traveled to Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany (builders of Quantum of the Seas,... Continue Here to Read More…