Royal Caribbean to send ship to Bahamas full of water, food, and generators

The Royal Caribbean plans to send a ship carrying food, water and gas-powered generators to areas severely hit by Hurricane Dorian, the mightiest storm on record to hit the Bahamas.

It was last weekend that the then Category 5 storm began blowing off roofs, flipping cars, and causing extreme flooding in the archipelago. Hurricane Dorian is, in fact, the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane since records began, with destructive winds of up to 165mph (270km/h).

"We’re with you Bahamas. In the wake of Dorian, we’re mobilizing our fleet to help those who need it. In partnership with the Bahamian government & The Bahamas Feeding Network tomorrow we’ll deliver +43k water bottles, 10k meals, generators, supplies & we’re just getting started," the Royal Caribbean wrote on Twitter.

According to Florida station WVSN, the delivery should begin on Thursday, September 5. The company also wrote that it is "working with the Bahamian government and other partners to see how we can best continue to assist."

Writing on the website for the Pan American Development Foundation, the Royal Caribbean wrote:

"The Bahamas has been our partner for nearly five decades and our thoughts are with them in Hurricane Dorian’s aftermath. 

We have partnered with the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) to providing disaster relief to our Bahamian neighbors and friends in this time of need and will match all donated funds up to $500,000.

PADF is launching an immediate fundraising campaign to help Bahamian communities recover from the tragedy. All donations made will support the recovery and reconstruction of Bahamian communities in the wake of this disaster."

Royal Caribbean relief supplies Credit: Royal Caribbean / Twitter

Crew members on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Empress of the Seas worked overnight preparing 10,000 boxes of food to deliver to Freeport, according to the Miami Herald.

"Its a huge production given the amount of time," said Melroy Antao, with the Empress of the Seas. "This is a mammoth job to undertake."

Bahamian Prime Minister, Hubert Minnis, said some regions in the country had been "decimated," and at least 20 people died, according to the BBC.

The Bahamas is now facing "one of the greatest national crises in our country’s history," the PM added.