Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship, Spectrum of the Seas, set sail on its first humanitarian cruise in support of Australia’s volunteer first responder community, who worked tirelessly during the recent bushfire crisis.
The second “Thank You” cruise will follow the same itinerary from March 7-11. With over 12,000 registrations received and in response to the overwhelming demand, Royal Caribbean has announced a third cruise from March 13-17.
Volunteers and their families have been invited from all over Australia to sail on Spectrum of the Seas over the coming weeks, including the Barnes family from Albury, NSW who were onboard today when the first humanitarian cruise departed Sydney.
“We have been blown away by the first responder community’s response. To express our gratitude, we feel privileged to now be dedicating three cruises to those who have worked tirelessly to protect our Australian land,” says Gavin Smith, Managing Director, Royal Caribbean International Australia and New Zealand.
Royal Caribbean worked with state-based volunteer agencies directly to notify and encourage eligible volunteers to register for their complimentary cruise. The company partnered with Lifeline to provide individual support sessions for any guests who have been impacted by the bushfires and need to talk through calling the Bushfire Recovery line 13HELP on 13 43 57.