CRYSTAL CRUISES ” YOU CARE WE CARE” PROGRAM HELPS LOCAL RESIDENTS DISPLACED BY VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS
During the July 22nd call in Hilo by the Crystal Symphony, guests and crew members took the opportunity to participate in Crystal’s “You Care, We Care” volunteer program. In collaboration with John Stoll, Crystal Cruises vice president of land programs, Ross Birch, Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau executive director lead the planning that included guests and crew participating in the following Crystal Voluntourism Adventures.
- Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (FHVNP): in partnership with the FHVNP, a non-profit organization. Guests removed invasive species at Volcano Art Center’s Sculpture Garden and Native Forest which in turn gives back to the Volcano community.
- Supporting Puuhonua O Puna Info & Supply Hub: volunteers worked alongside Puna community to unload, sort and distribute donations including pantry, clothing, personal care, and other items.
- “Chefs of Hawaii” foundation: we collaborated to upgrade the complimentary lunches provided for the community members.
“We truly appreciate Crystal Cruises for their ongoing support and commitment to the island of Hawaii’s residents and visitors, especially in times of need such as this,” said Ross
Birch, executive director of Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau. “Kīlauea volcano has erupted continuously for the past 35 years and been a draw for travelers from around the globe. Now that the recent flow has diminished, recovery efforts are underway, and travelers are eager to visit.”
Crystal Voluntourism Adventures was established in 2011 when Stoll and his team introduced the innovative, compassionate and complimentary “You Care, We Care” programs dedicated to worthwhile causes worldwide.
As one of the first cruise lines to fully embrace the notion of combining meaningful and educational tourism with adventure travel, Crystal focused on finding worthwhile causes on every itinerary (whenever possible). Stoll explained that the “You Care” element offers guests the opportunity to make a difference in the places they visit at a very local level, while the “We Care” portion represents Crystal’s own investment in preserving precious historical sites around the world.
“We feel very fortunate to be able to contribute through our You Care We Care program to the communities impacted by the recent volcanic eruption here on the island of Hawaii said John Stoll, Crystal Cruises vice president of land programs. “It was extremely rewarding for all of us to be involved. We extend sincere gratitude to Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau, Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (FHVNP), Puuhonua O Puna Info & Supply Hub and the Chefs of Hawaii. We hope that our volunteer efforts have helped in some small way to provide hope and some positive energy towards a full recovery for the communities that were affected by this volcanic eruption.” According to Stoll, the cruise line will be back in December and hope to be of assistance once again.
Crystal Serenity, the Symphony’s sister ship, will return to the island of Hawaii during its roundtrip Holiday Cruise departing from Los Angeles with calls in Kailua-Kona on Monday, December 30th and in Hilo on Monday, December 31st.