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The Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas cruise ship arrives with families evacuated from Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico has received nearly 2,000 U.S. citizens who were living or vacationing on in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, including more than 500 who arrived via the cruise ship on Thursday, the first such arrival of its kind. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

Royal Caribbean canceled a cruise and sent the ship to help Puerto Ricans


Royal Caribbean is using one of its cruise ships to help evacuate people from Puerto Rico and deliver supplies to the island and its neighbors, according to CNN.

CNN on Wednesday reported that the cruise line announced the day before that it is canceling its September 30 Adventure of the Seas trek to help Hurricane Maria’s victims.

The Adventure arrived in San Juan on Wednesday and will next take evacuees to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, before returning to Puerto Rico next week.

The 3,800-passenger ship will also bring aid to San Juan before traveling to St. Croix and St. Thomas, which were also hit by Maria and Hurricane Irma as well.

Some Twitter uses on Thursday commented upon Royal Caribbean’s move, with a few calling it more substantial than President Trump’s response to Maria.

Royal Caribbean is donating medical supplies, water and more to those in need in Puerto Rico and nearby islands following Maria.

The company first started assisting people in the Caribbean Sea earlier this month after Irma struck the region.

Royal Caribbean has so far aided more than 1,700 people in the area, and it has also pledged to match donations of up to $1 million to help with Irma relief.

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Norwegian Cruise Line is also participating in Puerto Rico’s recovery, collaborating with the disaster relief group All Hands Volunteers there.

The partnership is helping rebuild schools and infrastructure in Puerto Rico, and Norwegian is also donating $600,000 toward recovery efforts in the Caribbean and the Florida Keys.

Norwegian has additionally promised to match up to $1.25 million in donations to All Hands Volunteers and Happy Heart Fund’s relief efforts.

The pledge will come from Norwegian’s guests, partners and team members as the region recuperates from Maria.

Maria tore through Puerto Rico earlier this month as a Category 4 hurricane, leaving behind extensive damage in the U.S. territory that could take weeks or even months to fix.

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