Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Docks Ship for Fun and Sun in Stricken Haiti

Perhaps the most disgusting company on the face of the planet has made itself known today: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has docked the cruise ship Independence of the Seas at a private beach in Haiti which is fenced off from the rest of the stricken nation, for some fun and sun along the beach.  The resort beach is about sixty miles from the devastation of Haiti’s earthquake zone and is surrounded by tall fences and armed guards.

Apparently, the cruise line company has excused its shocking act by saying that it delivered some pallets of relief supplies.  So, with millions of people injured, two hundred thousand dead, everything lying in heaps of rubble, this Royal Caribbean company thinks it can dock its ship for fun and NOT pick up survivors or provide beds and rooms for survivors or transportation for survivors.  What Royal Caribbean should be doing is running its ships back and forth to ferry people to hospitals on other islands.  That’s what a responsible company with real sailors in its employ would be doing.  How could a ship’s captain or crew live with itself after behaving in such a monstrous fashion?  How could the passengers not mutiny?  What are the names of the people on board this ship?  Let’s find out and post them on the web.

Ship photo from Bernt Rostad

6 thoughts on “Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Docks Ship for Fun and Sun in Stricken Haiti

  1. The thing isn’t completely kosher, I agree, but RC donated all proceeds from the day at Labadee to earthquake relief — about $26,000. I’ve also heard reports that they plan to donate $1 million total.

    • The company could have donated without docking on top of dead people for fun on the beach. Once they docked the ship, everything else became a secondary justification.

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    • I think all of the points made by the CEO of Royal Caribbean are ridiculous and simply defy logic. You don’t land cruise passengers on a stricken nation where 200,000 people are dead and a million injured, with cities wiped out completely. You empty your ships of passengers and you place all available vessels completely in the service of aid delivery and rescue. The CEO’s idiotic points about keeping a couple hundred people employed in north Haiti don’t amount to anything at all. He could certainly keep them on his payroll while NOT dropping passengers off for fun on the beaches.

      This company and its CEO are completely without any sense of the proportion of this horrific event. Do you think this company would be landing passengers on the Jersey shore for fun on the boardwalk if New York City had been wiped out by an earthquake? Not a chance.

      This company needs to place all of its vessels in the Caribbean into the service of ferrying the injured, delivering supplies, and bringing in doctors. Period. Nothing else counts for a nickle.

  3. I completely agree with the Editor. I’d like also to make a comparison. If one of my neighbours dies I will never let my children go outside and play games too loud or organize a barbecue in my garden.The respect, and comprehension of the pain of others should be our natural behaviour. To dock the ship there and rest is simply a lack of any humanity and consideration to all the Haitian people. All the rest are pretexts.

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