MIAMI — NCL’s global donation efforts have provided more than US$2 million in humanitarian relief to support various community organizations worldwide.
Over the course of 2020, NCL continued to work with domestic and international organizations in the destinations it visits to provide much needed aid including water and non-perishable and canned goods.
NCL’s latest donation efforts, carried out during April’s current Global Volunteer Month delivered 10 pallets of responsibly packaged, plant-based cartons of JUST Water to benefit the Southeast Alaska Food Bank.
“At Norwegian Cruise Line, people are at the heart of everything we do, from our guests and travel partners to our nearly 30,000 shoreside and onboard team members worldwide,” said NCL’s President and CEO, Harry Sommer.
“Although we did not sail for the majority of last year, we remained committed to the people that sail aboard and operate our ships as well as the people in the wonderful destinations we visit. In addition to managing through the global pandemic, many of them were affected by natural disasters and food insecurity, and I’m proud that our organization was able to rally and provide much needed support to directly make a difference.”
Throughout 2020 and into 2021, NCL participated in numerous humanitarian efforts worldwide. The brand donated:
- $250,000 Australian dollars with the support of its parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH) to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund to support emergency relief efforts for communities affected by the unprecedented bushfires in the region
- More than a dozen pallets of dry and frozen foods to the Dutch food bank Voedselbanken Nederland and the Italian nonprofit Pane Quotidiano in Milan
- Five pallets of JUST Water cartons and more than 6,350 cases of yogurt to the Urban Renewal Commission in Freeport, Bahamas
- 790 kosher meals to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation
- 150,000 JUST Water cartons to Feeding South Florida, City Harvest New York and Food Bank for New York City
- Nearly $275,000 in relief supply to support community organizations in the Archipelago of San Andrés region in Colombia that were devastated by Category 5 Hurricane Iota
- Over $225,000 in dry goods and foods to benefit Belizean families and other southern communities in the Stann Creek District of Belize City.
- In addition to the brand’s global donation efforts, and in the spirit of giving back during Global Volunteer Month and all year long, as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to family and community, all full-time NCLH U.S. shoreside employees are offered a Paid Volunteer Day where team members are given the opportunity to take eight hours of paid time off per calendar year to participate as volunteers in nonprofit programs in their local community.
Also, as part of the company’s Workplace Giving Program, NCLH supports four non-profit organizations by offering employees the opportunity to make automatic recurring or one-time payments through payroll deductions. The company matches each team member’s contribution up to $1,000 per year.