Cruise“When things go wrong, this is a company that wants to find a way to help,” says Royal Caribbean chairman and CEO

RCL salutes ‘heroes’ with complimentary cruises

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Spectrum of the Seas's blessing ceremony
Spectrum of the Seas's blessing ceremony

Firefighters in Australia and California, along with medical workers in China, are being offered complimentary ‘thank you’ cruises by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

By welcoming and accommodating them aboard Spectrum of the Seas, we hope to recognise their contribution and offer them our hospitality,– Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International

Two RCL ships are sailing on humanitarian missions from Sydney and Los Angeles.

The complimentary cruises will support people affected by recent wildfires in Australia and California, RCL said. The cruise line will also dedicate a ship in China to a series of complimentary sailings.

RCL said it was offering the cruises at a time “when it feels like there are too many disasters around the world and not enough relief”.

“When things go wrong, this is a company that wants to find a way to help,” said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Spectrum of the Seas will be deployed on complimentary cruises in support of Australia’s first responder community, who worked tirelessly during the recent bushfires.

“By welcoming and accommodating them aboard Spectrum of the Seas, we hope to recognise their contribution and offer them our hospitality,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International.

Previous to the complimentary cruise announcement, Spectrum of the Seas and its crew had not been in China for more than two weeks, exceeding public health guidelines.

Mr Bayley said Royal Caribbean International, at a later date, would dedicate a ship in China to a series of complimentary sailings to thank first responders and medical personnel for their heroic efforts to defeat coronavirus virus.

In addition, Celebrity Millennium is repositioning to the United States and will offer a series of “Cruising for Heroes” sailings throughout March and April in support of California firefighters, other first responders, and veterans. The sailings will leave from Los Angeles.

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