JAXPORT is proud to support
relief efforts in The Bahamas with commitments both financial and personal.
JAXPORT has partnered with
the Red Cross to support Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. The Red Cross has
committed an initial $2 million to support The Bahamas and deployed a disaster
team to assist in the effort.
While many are eager to
donate food, water and other goods to the people of The Bahamas impacted by
Hurricane Dorian, the Red Cross is not collecting relief supplies or
encouraging others to do so at this time. Instead, the International Federation
of Red Cross (IFRC) will manage the international appeal to support the Bahamas
Red Cross, and product donations must strictly adhere to the specification set
by the Federation. These products are warehoused in international facilities.
In lieu of donating product
at this time, the Red Cross and JAXPORT have established a website for cash
donations to help victims of Hurricane Dorian, including those in The Bahamas.
The Red Cross has greater purchasing power than individuals or many
organizations, and sourcing locally will save transportation costs of sending
items internationally. We’ll be glad to share if the Red Cross appeals for
donated items when the islands have recovered sufficiently.
The second way you can show support is simple: plan a visit to islands unaffected by the storm.
In a Sept. 9 press release, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation (BMOTA) urges consumers to know that one of the ways they can show support for the country is to visit The Bahamas.
“Maintaining a robust tourism
industry will be vital in helping the country to recover and rebuild,” said
Bahamas Minister of Tourism & Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar. “We are grateful
for the outpouring of support and love for our islands, and we would like
everyone to know that the best thing they can do for us right now is visit
Nassau, Paradise Island and the Out Islands. Our beautiful island nation is
ready to welcome you.”
The Islands Of The Bahamas is
an archipelago with more than 700 islands and thousands of cays spread out over
100,000 square miles of ocean. While the country grieves the devastation
Hurricane Dorian brought upon two of the most northern islands, Grand Bahama
and The Abacos, there is a silver lining. The majority of The Bahamas,
including 14 of the most commonly visited islands, remains unaffected by the
storm. The warm and friendly people of The Bahamas, along with travel partners,
are ready to welcome travelers with open arms.
Carnival Cruise Line’s 2,056-passenger Carnival Ecstasy continues to offer year-round service from Jacksonville, Florida to The Bahamas. Ports of call in Nassau and Princess Cay are open for business. Visit JAXPORT.com/Cruise to learn more. For upcoming itineraries that include Freeport, please contact Carnival for more information.