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Cruise Lines Donate Money and Trips to Hurricane Sandy Victims

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Dec 21, 2012 05:00 PM EST

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Hurricane Sandy occurred almost two months ago, but those who were affected are still in need of help. Cruise Lines are doing their part to make the lives of Sandy victims a bit better by donating money and even cruises.

Carnival Cruise Line is donating $2 million to four different charities that are working to help Sandy victims. According to USA Today, the company is giving $1 million to the Robin Hood Relief Fund;  $500,000 is going towards Habitat to Humanity, and $250,000 each is going towards Save the Children and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.

Sandy was "one of the most devastating natural disasters in U.S. history," Micky Arison, chairman and CEO of Carnival Corp., said, according to USA Today. Carnival can relate to the victims as many of their ships leave from ports in New York and New Jersey and hundreds of thousands of residents in areas that were affected are Carnival customers.

Norwegian Cruise Line is also helping out in its own way. The cruise line helped provide a big prize to audience members of Katie Couric's talk show, Katie. The audience included 150 New York moms who were affected by the storm. All of them, including their families received a trip on the inaugural sailing of the new 4,200-passenger Norwegian Breakaway.

The sailing is a special Mother's Day treat as it leaves from New York City on Mother's Day weekend  on May 10-12.

The audience was presented the prize by the Radio City Rockettes, who are the godmothers of Norwegian Breakaway and the stars of the Radio City Christmas Show.

"As a New Yorker, I know firsthand the kind of damage Hurricane Sandy inflicted on this area,"  Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian's CEO said.
Cruises aren't the only part of the travel industry that have helped Hurricane Sandy victims. Airlines and hotels have also donated money, miles, and rooms to those who were affected.


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