Costa Cruises, the Italian subsidiary of cruise giant Carnival Corp., will be offering housing to Ukrainian refugees on its Costa Magica ship.
“We have offered one of our ships to the Italian Government to be integrated into the National Civil Protection’s plans as a potential temporary hub for Ukrainian refugees in case of growing numbers of arrivals in Italy in the coming weeks,” Costa said in a statement shared Wednesday by Carnival Corp. spokesperson Roger Frizzell.
The cruise line noted that it has been following the events in Ukraine with concern.
“Our thoughts are with the affected people, including the families of our many Ukrainian employees who are understandably concerned for their loved ones,” Costa said, noting that it has already donated and sent medical supplies and medicine to support treatment of injuries and illnesses to Ukraine.
Costa Cruises is not the first Carnival Corp. member have taken action to show support to Ukraine.
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Last week, the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation said it was pledging $3 million in donations to be sent to organizations providing aid it Ukrainian refugees.
The foundation, which is the foundation of Carnival Corp. chairman Micky Arison and his wife, Madeleine, said it would dedicate $1 million to World Central Kitchen, UNICEF USA and Direct Relief in support of their relief efforts.
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Carnival Cruise Line, AIDA offer support, too
The brand’s flagship line, Carnival Cruise Line, made a $50,000 donation to World Central Kitchen in honor of its crew members and employees from Ukraine.
And AIDA Cruises, the company’s German brand, also donated medical supplies and medicine alongside Costa’s original donation.
The company said in its March 18 release that additional support efforts are “underway” by its various brands.
“We stand for peace and our hearts go out to everyone whose lives have been upended by the invasion of Ukraine,” Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, said in the release last week. “We have crew members from 145 countries and we sail with guests from nations around the globe, so we feel deeply the human impact of this humanitarian crisis and we join many others in supporting relief efforts.”