Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., a leading global cruise company that operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, has met its goal of raising $2.5 million for the Hope Starts Here hurricane relief program.
In less than four months, the program has received more than $1.25 million in donations from the company’s valued team members, guests, travel partners and business partners, which the company has matched in order to assist All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response, a non-profit organization focused on natural disaster relief, in rebuilding safe, resilient schools on five Caribbean islands.
The Hope Starts Here hurricane relief program launched in late September 2017 when the company partnered with relief organization All Hands and Hearts to help provide immediate relief in Key West and reconstruct schools and critical infrastructure in affected islands in the Caribbean including Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Tortola.
“We are extremely grateful to have met our goal of raising $2.5 million to help fund the Hope Starts Here hurricane relief program which we began after witnessing the devastation that Hurricane Irma and Maria inflicted on the Florida Keys and the Caribbean,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “We want to wholeheartedly thank everyone who contributed to our efforts to deliver early relief response and rebuild safe, resilient schools in these impacted communities. We could not have met this goal without your generosity.”
(photo credit, All Hands and Hearts)