Cruise Lines Send Ships to Caribbean on Hurricane Rescue Mission

Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited. and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd . are sending some of their empty boats to the Caribbean to help evacuate trapped tourists and bring much-needed materials to islands severely damaged simply by Hurricane Irma.

Norwegian expects to pick up two, 000 travelers unable to leave the particular island of St . Thomas before the storm. Its ship, Norwegian Skies , which normally cruises in between Miami and the Bahamas, is cruising from its present location off the coastline of Cancun, Mexico, and is likely to arrive in St . Thomas Monday. The time and effort is being organized by the government associated with St . Thomas, one of the U. T. Virgin Islands, and the government may control the passenger list, the business said in a statement.

Royal Caribbean said two from the vessels would go to St . Jones and St . Maarten , starting Sunday, and 2 more were waiting to assist within Key West and Tampa, California, should they be needed.

Cruise lines ended several voyages early and canceled other people as Hurricane Irma loomed a week ago. The humanitarian effort is similar to techniques made by airlines.