Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announced it has met the company’s goal – set in September 2017 – 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, loyal 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 by Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd. and All Hands and Hearts after witnessing the devastation that Hurricane Irma and Maria inflicted on the Florida Keys and the Caribbean 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. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has a longstanding relationship with the Caribbean, where its ships have been visiting for more than 50 years, and is focused on providing both immediate and long-term assistance to the region.
“We are extremely grateful to have met our goal of raising $2.5 million to help fund the Hope Starts Here hurricane relief program,” 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.”