Micky Arison

South Florida cruise operators throw lifelines to storm ravaged Caribbean

South Florida cruise operators throw lifelines to storm ravaged Caribbean

In South Florida, it’s not uncommon to hear of cruise ships rescuing distressed migrants and boaters at sea. But after Hurricanes Irma and Maria rampaged through the eastern Caribbean, the floating cities are involved in a different kind of humanitarian mission.

Cruise operators are sending their mammoth ships on aid missions to the worst-hit islands. The objectives have been twofold: deliver relief supplies to the impacted areas and ferry evacuees out of harm’s way.

On Thursday, Royal Caribbean International’s Adventure of the Seas ship departed San Juan with emergency supplies to deliver to St. Croix on Friday and St. Thomas on Saturday. The two islands were among those...

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