As the FCCA’s Holiday Gift Project comes to a close for 2008, close to 7,000 children in 31 destinations throughout the Caribbean and Latin America received the holiday of their dreams. Each year the FCCA, their Member Lines and our destination partners work together to deliver happiness to under-privileged children in these destinations.
Santa paid a special visit to Hurricane ravished Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, with some families still living in tents, it was important to make sure the children were not forgotten. Brian Been, Product Development Manager of the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board expressed his heartfelt thanks, “Truly, this project goes a long way in ensuring that the children not only have a bright Christmas but allow them to return to some degree of normalcy as they take the mantle as custodians to our ‘beautiful by nature”. We thank the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association for this unselfish act and look forward to future collaborations”.
Associate Hotel Director of Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice stated, “ It was an absolute honor to be part of such a wonderful program and everyone who participated would do it again in a heartbeat”.
In addition to delivering a wide array of gifts to the children in attendance, Captain Hempstead of the Grandeur of the Seas presented cheques valued at $2,000 each to the Rainbow Children’s Home, Youth Empowerment Foundation Project (YEP), and the Eslyn Henley Richez Learning Centre in Tortla, B.V.I. Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office Mrs. Rosalie Adams conveyed Government’s appreciation to the captain for the surprise donations, “The money will be put to good use, it will be used to purchase some much needed teaching aids for the students of the Eslyn Henley Richez Centre; YEP plans to purchase software to help children who perform poorly in Mathematics; and the Rainbow Children’s Home will use the funds to assist with monthly expenses”.
In its 15th year, The FCCA Foundation continues to improve the lives of citizens in the Caribbean and Latin America through projects such as this. The Foundation has impacted the lives of thousands providing $ 3 million in funding to a variety of organizations and causes.
The following destinations participated in this special event:
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Costa Maya, Mexico
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Samana, Dominican Republic
San Juan, Puerto Rico
St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
The FCCA Member Lines are committed to working together with the FCCA and our destination partners to deliver holiday cheer.
Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International
The FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization composed of 18 Member Lines operating nearly 200 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean and Latin American waters. Created in 1972, the FCCA’s mandate is to provide a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issue and to develop bilateral relationships with destinations’ private and public sectors. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA works with governments, ports and private sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, crew and cruise line spending, as well as enhance the destination experience and increase the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors. For more information, visit F-CCA.com, the FCCA on Facebook, and @FCCAupdates on Twitter.