Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise donate $1M each to Bahamas for hurricane relief

Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise donate $1M each to Bahamas for hurricane relief

The Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise Line are each contributing $1 million to the Bahamas in the aftermath of the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian.

Disney Cruise’s donation comes after the company received criticism for leaving almost 100 employees behind in the Bahamas. The company is planning to donate to nonprofits focused on rebuilding and also provide food and construction materials directly to victims.

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Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas starting on Sunday, leaving at least seven dead so far, with TV footage showing widespread devastation in some of the islands.

“The Bahamas is such a special place to us and our guests, and we have watched the devastation created by Hurricane Dorian with concern and heartache,” Jeff Vahle, president of Disney Cruise Line, said in a statement Tuesday.

Royal Caribbean said it is preparing supplies, including water, generators and cleaning materials to be shipped to the country. It pledged to work with the Bahamian government, local organizations and the Pan American Development Foundation to distribute donations.

"The Bahamas has been part of our family for nearly 5 decades. Our thoughts & support are with them during this difficult time,” Royal Caribbean said in a tweet linking to its statement about the $1 million donation.

Carnival Cruise Line also pledged to support the Bahamas in recovery in a tweet.