Royal Caribbean says it will resume cash gifts to nonprofits

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2002

JUNEAU - Royal Caribbean cruise line will resume its cash donations to nonprofits in Southeast Alaska, but will not give at the level it did before Sept. 11, said John Fox, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise spokesman.

The company said in the spring that it would discontinue the cash-donation portion of its charitable program because of uncertainty in the industry caused by Sept. 11. The company continued to give in-kind donations of cruises for raffles and fund-raisers.

"We are right in the middle of our budget process now, which will end in October," Fox said during a visit to Juneau this week. "I'm fairly certain that we will be giving at some level, perhaps not the level we gave in the past."

Royal Caribbean previously has given tens of thousands of dollars to organizations in Southeast Alaska, including the Glory Hole homeless shelter in downtown Juneau, Perseverance Theatre in Douglas, the AWARE women's shelter in Juneau, public radio and television station KTOO, and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

Fox said it was too soon to tell what kind of season the cruise ship industry has had in Alaska. Though the cruise line was able to fill ships with passengers, the passengers were paying a discounted fare.

The company used the discounts to help motivate passengers to travel after Sept. 11, he said. The industry is on its way to recovering from losses early in the year, but has not totally recovered, Fox said.

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