Kudos to Bahamas Celebration Cruise.
In a recent letter posted by the major travel agents, Bahamas Celebration Cruise CEO, Oneil Khosa responded to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support their relief and recovery efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In the letter, Khosa stated that they have agreed to deploy their ship, the MV Grand Celebration to St. Thomas as a base to feed and house the National Guard and first responders for the next 90 days. Their 2-night cruise schedule will not resume until December 23, 2017. Travelers who booked ahead for the interim was offered easy transition to new sailing dates and $100 on-board credit for their inconvenience.
CNBS reported “Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, tore its way across the U.S. Virgin Islands as a Category 5 storm on Sept. 6, mixing together a deadly combination of winds and rising water. St. Thomas’ only hospital was catastrophically damaged due to the storm.”
“We’ve lost practically 70% of our infrastructure in terms of utility system on the island St. Thomas and all of the utility system on the island of St. John,” said Rep. Stacey Plaskett, the Virgin Islands’ delegate to Congress. “Our hotels have been damaged,” Plaskett added. “Getting those back up and running and in a position where people will want to come and be tourists there will take some time.”
The social responsibility outlined by business strategy gurus is very important for the image of all companies. Not every company is willing to sacrifice revenues in a risky economy. Bahama Celebration Cruise company we applaud you for this selfless humanitarian endeavor.