Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cruising into Haiti


Having just taken a cruise of the Mexican Riviera in December/January, I can only imagine what passengers in the article below must be thinking. Many stay drunk and could probably care less.

Although I enjoyed the cruise with my family (21 of them to be exact) I was accutely aware of just how self focused these vacations are. Everything is about you. The service, the food, entertainment, the activities and excursions. The list goes on and on. Even under normal circumstances, I would think that such luxury would cause a Christian to really think about what is going on around them.

Just 60 miles from the devastation in Haiti, cruise ships continue to dock at at the heavily guarded resort of Labadee on the north coast, where passengers frolic and play, sip drinks in hammocks, and buy trinkets on shore.

The Guardian reports:

The decision to go ahead with the visit has divided passengers. The ships carry some food aid, and the cruise line has pledged to donate all proceeds from the visit to help stricken Haitians. But many passengers will stay aboard when they dock; one said he was “sickened”.

“I just can’t see myself sunning on the beach, playing in the water, eating a barbecue, and enjoying a cocktail while [in Port-au-Prince] there are tens of thousands of dead people being piled up on the streets, with the survivors stunned and looking for food and water,” one passenger wrote on the Cruise Critic internet forum. …

[Royal Caribbean International] said the question of whether to “deliver a vacation experience so close to the epicentre of an earthquake” had been subject to considerable internal debate before it decided to include Haiti in its itineraries for the coming weeks.

“In the end, Labadee is critical to Haiti’s recovery; hundreds of people rely on Labadee for their livelihood,” said John Weis, vice-president. “In our conversations with the UN special envoy of the government of Haiti, Leslie Voltaire, he notes that Haiti will benefit from the revenues that are generated from each call …

“We also have tremendous opportunities to use our ships as transport vessels for relief supplies and personnel to Haiti. Simply put, we cannot abandon Haiti now that they need us most.”

HT: World Mag

3 comments:

The Old Geezer said...

I enjoyed looking over your blog
God bless you

dede said...

robert...

great article...borrowed it for my blog post.

i do want to mention here that Friendships.org is a ministry that is partnering with samaritan's purse to get cargo to the haitians. now that's one ship put to good use.

blessings,

Robert Tewart said...

Thanks Mr. Geezer for your kind words!

You too Dede. Thanks for following StreetFishing.org.