This September/October, ultraluxe Crystal Cruises offer passengers and crew the chance to help international refugees in Canada, feed the hungry in Halifax and care for stray/rescued donkeys in Antigua as part of the cruise line’s “You Care, We Care” program.
Volunteer opportunities are offered at no charge on every 2011 sailing as an easy, hands-on way to “give back” to local communities, while providing an alternative cultural perspective to traditional excursions.
Participants may assist four aid organizations on five east coast Crystal Symphony voyages:
- Cradles to Crayons (9/16 and 10/8-Boston): Prepare vital winter items for homeless/low-income children, from schoolbags to warm coats and shoes.
- Romero House (9/30-St. John, New Brunswick): Provide kitchen aid for a housing community that assists less-fortunate locals and resettling refugees.
- Feed Nova Scotia (10/20-Halifax): Help food bank preparation/distribution.
- Donkey Sanctuary at the Antigua & Barbuda Humane Society (10/31-Antigua): Feed, clean, or walk the shelter’s stray donkeys, dogs and cats.
Launched in January 2011, Crystal’s “You Care, We Care” program has been widely recognized as a trailblazing effort for socially responsible tourism.
“While we always seek unique adventures for our guests, we created this program as a very personal way for Crystal travelers to give back to the many destinations that have given us so much through the years,” says Thomas Mazloum, senior vice president operations. “We’ve already seen incredibly positive ripple effects in peoples’ lives, and we can’t wait to continue our efforts through the year.”
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