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A leading Caribbean cruise line has pledged to provide $1 million in humanitarian aid to Haiti, as it continued to ferry holidaymakers to the earthquake-hit island.
Royal Caribbean International’s CEO, Adam Goldstein, told CNN it would be wrong to abandon the hundreds of Haitians employed by the company, despite media reports suggesting some of its passengers had voiced concerns on blog forums about vacationing on the island while so many suffer nearby.
Despite the huge international effort, vital supplies of food and medicine have been slow to reach the estimated three million people affected by last week’s 7.0-magnitude quake
Goldstein told CNN that its Labadee resort in northern Haiti, which includes a new pier and private beach, is almost 100 miles from the devastated capital, Port-au-Prince, but that it would be available to receive aid being dropped by its vessels.
On Friday, a statement from the company said its vessel “Independence of the Seas” had already visited the island, delivering rice, dried beans, powdered milk, water and canned goods.
Despite the best efforts of Royal Caribbean to aid the humanitarian effort, would you feel comfortable about relaxing on a private beach in Haiti in such circumstances?
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