Disney, Royal Caribbean pledge to donate millions in hurricane relief to Bahamas

Photo: Tom Metevia/ Graham Media Group
Photo: Tom Metevia/ Graham Media Group

Companies including Royal Caribbean and the Walt Disney Company have pledged millions in cash and support to help recovery efforts in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian hit the islands as a Category 5 storm. 

Disney's donation includes nonprofit relief agencies that will undertake recovery and rebuilding efforts, including supplies of food and basic construction materials to affected areas. 

"The Walt Disney Company stands with the people of The Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian," said Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company.  "We hope our $1 million donation will provide much-needed relief and help our neighbors, colleagues, and all those impacted by this devastating storm begin the long process of recovery as they work to put their lives and communities back together."

Disney also said its employees with needs in impacted areas will have access to resources. 

Disney officials said Castaway Cay experienced tropical-storm strength winds. It employs 60 Bahamians from Abaco and Grand Bahama, as well as employees from other Bahamian islands. 

Royal Caribbean cruise lines pledged $1 million to Dorian disaster relief and ITM, the company's partner which is developing the Grand Lucayan resort in Freeport, donated an additional $100,000.

More than 500 Royal Caribbean employees work in the Bahamas.

A statement from Royal Caribbean said the company is partnering with the Bahamian government and the Pan American Development Foundation and other local nonprofits to make sure their donations do the most good.

Royal Caribbean is also sending generators, water, cleaning supplies and more to the Bahamas to assist with relief efforts.


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