Save the Waves is the foundation of our environmental initiatives. It began in 1992 and evolved from a recycling program to a company-wide philosophy. The program, and it subsequent goals, is integrated into our daily onboard operations, meets our above and beyond compliance principles and provides us with a structure to maintain our commitment to continuous improvement. It also provides the umbrella under which each officer, staff and crewmember signs a pledge to uphold his or her responsibilities to protect the environment.
With the help of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, we can collect scientific measurements aboard our ships. By providing real-time data on atmospheric and ocean conditions with oceanographic and meteorological instruments, OceanScope has helped inform critical climate change research. Starting as a test-bed on Explorer of the Seas in 2000, the program can now be found on Allure of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Flora.
The Bahamas Feeding Network serves as a hub for the collection and distribution of food items and financial and physical resources for thousands throughout the The Bahamas plagued with the uncertainty of knowing where their next meal is coming from. In 2019 RCL pledge the food for the year.
Big Brother Big Sisters helps children in urban and rural neighborhoods facing adversity, striving to change their lives for the better. For over 15 years, we’ve had a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, giving local high school students an opportunity to receive mentorship and exposure to our work environment.
Ocean conservation and employee engagement are essential to what we believe in. And through our collaboration with the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, we do just that. In 2015, the Rescue a Reef initiative began, giving employees the chance to learn about coral restoration and their critical role in marine environments. In a series of dives, researchers invite employees to become “citizen scientists” by harvesting coral grown in underwater nurseries and transplanting them in ravaged areas. To date, our teams have outplanted over 1,000 staghorn corals.
RCL has been a long time partner of Miami-Dade County Schools. Most recently, a five-year partnership with the school system has seen thousands of RCL employees give back to local schools through hands-on beautifucation projects including building sensory gardens and repainting school campuses.
The Pan American Development Fund aids vulnerable communities in need, fosters economic and social progress, and delivers immediate response during humanitarian crises. Since 2007, we’ve partnered with PADF to actively participate in these efforts, creating a greater impact in communities that need it the most. From providing immediate relief to countries devastated by natural disaster, to assisting families through hardship, our collaboration with PADF continues to empower individuals throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Dedicated to empowering people, World Vision tackles poverty, disaster relief, education and so much more in nearly 100 countries across the globe. When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, we committed $250,000 to World Vision’s disaster response, which helped deliver critical emergency supplies in devastated areas. Through our partnership, urgent relief and long-term recovery were provided to those affected by Hurricane Dorian by providing essentials like clean water, emergency health services and preparation for future disasters.
Since 2012, our partnership with the Posse Foundation has given students across the United States a shot at our summer internship program, where Posse scholars get work experience in the real world.
Best Buddies International is dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation for the more than 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since 2017, we have partnered with Best Buddies, believing that chances should be available to everyone. President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo is a proud board member of Best Buddies and championed the hiring of a Best Buddy at our Miami headquarters.
In 1999, President and CEO Richard D. Fain created the Fain Scholarship Fund to provide educational opportunities to children of current, full-time employees or employees seeking to further their career at RCL. Personally committing $50,000 to the fund annually, it provides scholarships for educational, vocational or technical programs. In partnership with the Miami Foundation, this organization helps administer and select which applicants are approved. Recipients of the scholarship are granted up to $2,500 each, which will help them in their continued pursuit of education.
Dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women, youth and children, Lotus House provides the sanctuary, tools and education to empower them into the individuals they were meant to be. Programs like Rainbow Lotus provides a safe place for LGBTQ individuals to feel supported and nurtured to administering basic medical, dental and eye care at the Lotus Wellness Center. With our continued support, programs like these and others can help bring an end to child and family homelessness.
Our long-standing partnership with United Way has given us the ability to make a difference in the communities we live and operate in. By collaborating on various projects like fundraising and awareness campaigns on early childhood education and veterans' programs, we have engaged employees and improved our local communities.
In 2014, Royal Caribbean International became the first in its industry to offer the Autism Channel on its ships. The Autism channel is a streaming television service providing resources to families and professionally dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism spectrum disorders. Educational and entertainment programming includes an inside look into the lives of children on the spectrum to interviews with medical professionals.
With our Get Involved, Volunteer Everywhere program, employees have the chance to engage with the communities they live in, carrying out various charitable missions in communities all over the globe – from RCL’s largest annual community event G.I.V.E. Day to G.I.V.E. for the Holidays where shipboard employees raise money for charitable giving during the winter holidays.
WWF and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. launched a partnership in 2016 to help ensure the health of our oceans. Through the partnership, Royal Caribbean set ambitious and measurable sustainability targets that reduce the company’s environmental footprint, raise awareness on the importance of ocean conservation among Royal Caribbean’s more than 5 million passengers worldwide, and support WWF’s oceans conservation work.
Seafarers' House's mission is to offer refuge, resources, renewal and respect to the maritime community through multi-faith service. Thousands of RCL’s crew members are welcomed at their facilities around the world during their time at sea. RCL has supported Seafarers House through annual G.I.V.E. Days and most recently with a $500,000 donation to its new Place of Welcome.