On Tuesday, August 17th the Florida-Caribbean
Cruise Association partnered with Belize to conduct a highly
successful clean-up campaign of the Belize River and a ‘tourism’ roadway. The FCCA
Environmental Awareness Project was made possible by the organizational
efforts of FCCA Platinum Associate Member David Gegg, Managing
Director – Cruise Solutions Belize, along with Kuljit Saini,
Chief Purser – Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Glory,
and Tom Lorimer, Environmental Officer – Royal Caribbean
International’s Explorer of the Seas.
The Environmental Project is staged a few times a year at various
destinations throughout the Caribbean Region. It is intended to
enable the Member Lines of the FCCA to:
1. Reinforce the partnership between the cruise industry and
our partner destinations
2. Tangibly demonstrate our concern for the destinations that we visit
3. Promote the importance of environmental awareness.
Volunteer crewmembers from Royal Caribbean International’s
Explorer of the Seas, along with a dozen or so tour guides from
Cruise Solutions Belize, took on the challenge of cleaning the
riverbanks of the Belize River along a section utilized by tours
provided to cruise passengers. The highly motivated group was eager
to get the job done and ultimately became a bit disappointed that
they were not allowed to fully complete the clean-up due to time
constraints. Nevertheless, they did a marvelous job and promised
to return for another go-round in the future.
Crewmembers from Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Glory were
presented with an altogether different challenge as they were asked
to clean the roadside along a stretch of roadway utilized by numerous
tours. The resilient group did not allow the heat to get the best
of them and did a remarkable job considering the circumstances.
At the conclusion of the clean-up effort, the nearly 100 crewmembers
from both Cruise Lines were brought together at The Bliss, a bayside
cultural facility, to jointly celebrate their successful efforts.
A delicious lunch was served and the bar was opened as a thank
you to all the hardworking participants. After the luncheon, all
participants were treated to a newly produced show in the beautiful
facility’s theater. The “Mythical Rainforest” show,
which is being prepared for presentation to cruise passengers,
was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews.
The event was a great success and everyone involved was pleased
to have participated in such a worthwhile project. We thank all
our good partners in Belize who contributed to the success of the
If you would like to see the FCCA Environmental Awareness Project
staged in your destination please let us know. The Member Lines
of the FCCA stand ready to lend a helping hand.