An American cruise company yesterday revealed that it would donate spare sun loungers and beach furniture to a makeshift hospital for victims of the Haiti earthquake.
Royal Caribbean (RCL) has recently returned to Haiti, dropping tourists from cruise ships on the country's north coast about 60 miles from devastated area of earthquake-stricken capital of Port-au-Prince.
One of the world's largest cruise ships, the 3,634-passenger Independence of the Seas, made a scheduled call on Friday. The 3,114-passenger Navigator of the Seas arrived Monday. A third ship, the 3,634-pasenger Liberty of the Seas, arrives Tuesday.
John Weis, the company's associate vice president, claimed that emergency food supplies delivered by another cruise liner, Independence of the Seas on Friday, have now been distributed and the company plans to initiate more deliveries for the rest of the week.
"We've also gone through the site giving up any extra lounge chairs, bedding and mattresses which are now being used in the makeshift hospital, ,he said.
However, the arrival of tourists has cropped up questions citing that it is unseemly for the passengers to be enjoying a resort in vicinity to the area witnessing death and destruction caused by the massive quake.
To this Weis says Royal Caribbean talked with the U. N. Special Envoy of the Government of Haiti, Leslie Voltaire, prior to making the decision.
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