Princess Cruises Brings Relief For Australia Bush Fire Victims (see video below) – Record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought have fuelled a series of massive bushfires across Australia. Princess Cruises ship Sun Princess was the first cruise ship to visit Down Under cruise ports after they were ravaged by wildfires during the hottest temperatures on record for Australia.
The community of Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia has been to ‘hell and back’ with bushfires that devastated large sections of the western end and center of the island. But on January 19, 2020 — with a hashtag #BookThemOut — the people of Kangaroo Island sent a message to the world. We are open for visitors — come back. Let’s not have cancellations, let’s have reservations. They were helped in their mission to reassure the world by the arrival of the first cruise ship to return to Kangaroo Island following the fires. It was an honour and a privilege to be part of that project.
“Princess Cruises’ visit to Kangaroo Island today is an expression of solidarity with the local community and is symbolic of its resilience and courage. It is both an honor and a privilege for Sun Princess to be the first cruise ship to return to Kangaroo Island following the fires that resulted in the tragic loss of lives, property, and wildlife. We are pleased that with today’s ship visit Princess Cruises can play a part in sending a message to Australia and the world that Kangaroo Island is on the path to recovery.”, said Stuart Allison, Princess Cruises senior vice president Asia Pacific.
Sun Princess is currently on a 13-night cruise from its current homeport of Fremantle in Western Australia with the majority of guests onboard residents of Western Australia. An earlier cruise to Kangaroo Island had been diverted to Port Lincoln at the height of the bushfire emergency.
Many Sun Princess passengers made donations to the bushfire relief fund that will be directed to the South Australian Government Bushfire Appeal. Princess Cruises is also directing revenue it would normally receive from the day’s shore excursions to the bushfire relief.
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Video: KANGAROO ISLAND SUN PRINCESS (January 20, 2020)