I am, or at least used to be, a fan of the TV series, The Last Ship. I think it probably should have been a miniseries with a defined endpoint, but in its first gripping season it was about a American guided missile destroyer, the USS Nathan James, bringing aid and a cure to a world suffering under a global pandemic. The series starred its heroic Captain Tom Chandler, with the help of a brave crew and a brilliant woman scientist, Dr. Rachel Scott.
I enjoyed the situation and the characters, and when I went on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship myself a few years ago, I indulged in a few flights of fancy. What if a disaster happened while we were on board the ship? How long could the ship survive at sea? Would we be safer there or would we turn into a floating ghost like the one the Nathan James crew finds early on and raids for food supplies? Could a cruise ship be as useful as a military vessel? Unfortunately, I had the chance to find out, at least indirectly.
My blogging friend Lady Calen at Impromptu Promptlings first shared an article about a Royal Caribbean cruise ship here: “The Way the World Should Be: Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas turns Relief Ship.” Rather than making a quick hop to Coco Cay and Nassau, the Majesty of the Seas headed to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma to pick up stranded people and pets. It also became part of the USVI relief effort, shuttling supplies to St. Thomas and St. Martin, as well as helping to evacuate more people from Puerto Rico.
This happened already after Irma, but things got even worse on Puerto Rico after a second hurricane, Maria, devastated the island and left it without power. Now, other Royal Caribbean ships and other companies, including Carnival and Norwegian, are helping as well: “This Cruise was Canceled to run a Rescue Mission in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.” I’m glad the Majesty of the Seas was not the “last ship” to do this.
Here is a list of organizations helping Puerto Rico with hurricane relief: How you can help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico
These beautiful islands will need help for a long time to come, after the ships have started cruising again.
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