Like you, many of us have been deeply moved by the immense devastation that Hurricanes Irma and Maria have left in their wake. I wanted to keep you apprised of our efforts to support our wonderful friends in the Caribbean during this time of great need, as well as share a few ways in which we can collectively contribute to the recovery of the region.
We have joined forces with our sister companies and established a goal of raising at least $2.5 million on behalf of All Hands Volunteers, a non–profit relief organization dedicated to rebuilding communities impacted by natural disasters. The funds will be used toward rebuilding damaged schools across the Caribbean and we have committed to matching up to $1.25 million of our guests’ donations made to All Hands Volunteers through our Hope Starts Here campaign. I encourage you to visit and tell your clients about OceaniaCruises.com/HopeStartsHere to learn more about how to help those in need.
In addition, between now and November 15th, when your clients book any of the 13 voyages here, we will provide them with an additional savings of $500 per stateroom off of the total veranda stateroom fare and also make a donation of $500 to All Hands Volunteers. Your clients can rest assured that their generous donations will be making an impact locally in the areas hit the hardest.
We have been in contact with our friends and business partners from Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Barts, Tortola, and Dominica and they have all said the same thing, “we will rebuild.” Their resilience and strength is truly inspirational, and they are already working hard to return their islands to their radiance and charm — now it’s up to us to give them the well–deserved hand they need.
Thankfully, the balance of our Caribbean island partners have been spared severe damage and we want to do our part to help restore tourism to the islands, which is a vital economic lifeline for millions across the region. We do hope we will have the honor and pleasure of welcoming your clients aboard one of these sailings and we thank you for your generous support.
I’ve taken the liberty of including the list of voyages that are featured in our Hope Starts Here relief program. Some of the itineraries have been revised due to the impact while we have been able to preserve the majority of our calls. Puerto Rico and St. Maarten were the hardest hit and will need ample time to recover — we’ve replaced them with calls in Punta Cana and Basseterre for the season. Thankfully, our partners in the islands are resilient and are rebuilding quickly — St. Barts, Martinique, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Kitts, Key West, and the balance of the Caribbean are open for business and eager to showcase their hospitality — and their thanks.
President & CEO