Members Speak Out: Should Cruise Ships Have Returned to Haiti?
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"Not only would I not feel safe, but I wouldn't feel comfortable enjoying a vacation so close to utter devastation and loss of life."
Yes, the ships should go. There are a lot of people who depend on the ships for their living. As long as their visits do not interfere with the rescue efforts more ships should be encouraged to visit the other side of the island not effected by the earthquake.
For those who don't feel comfortable enjoying themselves while so close to "utter devastation", how far away do you have to be to feel comfortable. Jamaica is not that far away, and it is the next stop. And even in the best of time, the people of Haiti are suffering.Yes of course the ships should go To Labadee and take as many supplies as they can. As for the people who say that they couldn't enjoy themselves near such a disaster should remember how lucky they are to have homes, families, food etc to go back to. Maybe they should be thinking of how they can help the people of Haiti instead of only thinking of themselves. I would not enjoy the rest of my cruise if I had not tried to help in some way.
There is a real danger that RCI could be perceived as benefiting from Haiti's misfortune by sending cruise ships to the country. A case of 'business as usual' is all well and good but this does tend to feel like RCI are helping the economy & those affected by the quake in Haiti...but at the same time as maintaining their profit margins by sending ships full of guests with healthy wallets and appetites there.Congratulations. You are the first person I have seen try to turn delivering much need supplies into a negative.
Dangerous ground...quite literally IMHO.
Jane Archer has mentioned this thread in her blog on the Travel Weekly website, I added my comments there too. The amount of money RCI earns could be used much better and more effectively by them chartering freighters to send greater amounts of aid & supplies.
CCL have donated $5m but are not sending their own ships to deliver it.
For those who don't feel comfortable enjoying themselves while so close to "utter devastation", how far away do you have to be to feel comfortable. Jamaica is not that far away, and it is the next stop. And even in the best of time, the people of Haiti are suffering.
Has anyone asked, how the cruisers on board the ships feel about Haiti as a port of call right now? True, Haiti sorely needs the tourists and help-but the timing is way off and insensitive, callous and shameful.Some have chosen to remain on board.
Some have chosen to remain on board.Because, as the song says- there is a time for every season-would you want people frolicking at the cemetery, while you are laying your loved ones to rest- staying on board ship while it is in Haiti, would be for me even worse-as I would feel even more helpless, so close and yet immobilized to help-I'd feel compelled to go and jump ship to help with the rescue efforts.
So you think it is insensitive, callous and shameful for Royal Caribbean to continue to bring income to a country that desperately needs it. Why?