Carnival Cruise Lines says it is still operating as usual in its Carnival cruise lines, after Hurricane Florentine hit the region and forced it to shut down the company’s ships and shut down its operations in the Caribbean.
The company said it was making sure its crews were ready to move back to the shipyards, and that the company would continue to provide safety updates.
But it said it would also be providing additional support to the communities affected by the storm.
“The safety of our guests and crew remains our top priority,” Carnival said in a statement.
“We are working closely with our communities and our federal partners to ensure they have access to basic services as quickly as possible.”
The company is offering $100,000 to help local businesses reopen, and $50,000 for each restaurant that reopened.
The New York Times reported on Friday that the storm had left the company with about 2,000 workers without a single day’s pay since Monday.
The shipyards in New Orleans, St. Maarten, St Martin and St. Barthélemy had also shut down, and were closed on Friday.
Carnival said it will also work with local agencies and private businesses to help with hurricane recovery.
It said it planned to help businesses reopen as soon as possible, as well as offer additional services.
Carnival’s other ships and ships in the St. Martin and Saint Barthélémy area were still operating.
Carnival is the parent company of the Carnival Cruises line.
The cruise line operates more than 1,200 ships in 31 countries, and more than 300 cruise ships, with more than 800,000 passengers on board.