Typhoon Haiyan has devastated major areas of the Philippines, reportedly taking 10,000 lives and destroying thousands of lives. In the wake of this horrific natural disaster, cruise lines around the world are pledging aid for the struggling nation and assistance for its Filipino crew.
Holland America Line & Seabourn
Holland America Line, whose crew is mostly Filipino, has partnered with Seabourn to donate $25,000 to support disaster relief in areas impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. In addition, Holland America Line has offered to make donations in the name of guests wishing to donate to the Philipines Red Cross. Guests can send checks payable to the Holland America Line Foundation with the note” Philippine Disaster Relief Fund. All checks can be mailed to:
Holland America Line
Attn: Philippine Disaster Relief Fund
300 Elliott Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119
Holland America Line is also providing assistance to crew members who have been personally affected by the typhoon.
Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Azamara, TUI, & Pullmantur
Royal Caribbean is currently in the process of establishing a central communications point where crew members from all of their separate brands will be able to contact relatives in the Philippines. According to Royal Caribbean, the company is planning on pledging $1 million to relief over the next few months.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line is currently in the process of providing communication between crew members and relatives in the Philippines. In addition, Norwegian Cruise Line will be arranging transportation home for crew members who need to return home. Norwegian is also providing an address for guests interested in donating to Norwegian’s Support Fund for crew members. Checks can be made payable to Norwegian Cruise Line and sent to:
Norwegian Cruise Line
Attn: Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund
7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126
Costa Cruise Lines is currently in the process of connecting crew members with relatives over the phone and online. In addition, Costa has announced a donation of $100,000 to their crew fund.
Carnival & Crystal
Carnival Cruise Lines & Crystal are both in the process of connecting crew members with their relatives in the Philippines.
Fred Olsen is currently connecting crew members, who are mostly Filipino, with their relatives in the Philippines. A statement from Fred Olsen also confirms that Fred Olsen will be sending a donation to those impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. Fred Olsen is also accepting donations from guests for aid. Checks may be made out to Fred Olsen Cruise Lines and sent to:
Deborah Moore, Accounts Department
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Fred. Olsen House, White House Road
Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 5LL, United Kingdom