BOSTON, May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) and the Cruise Canada New England Alliance will donate $9,100 to The One Fund Boston, which was established to assist families of the victims who were killed and victims who were most seriously affected by the tragic events at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, and related events on April 18th and April 19th.
Cruise Lines International Association CEO Christine Duffy, whose members support CICF, announced a donation of $5,000 on behalf of CICF at the annual Cruise Canada New England Symposium, held May 21-23 in Boston. At that event, conference attendees raised another $4,100 through a raffle, and those proceeds will go directly to The One Fund Boston.
"With more than 300,000 cruise passengers per year, the Port of Boston and the City of Boston are important contributors to the North American cruise industry, and we are happy to be able to do our part to give back to this important port community in the wake of this spring's tragedy," Duffy said.
"I am proud of the contributions our alliance's members to The One Fund Boston. This is a great demonstration of the effectiveness of our partnership," said Rene Trepanier, Executive Director of Cruise the Saint Lawrence and Chairman of the Cruise Canada New England Alliance.
Cruise industry stakeholders of the Boston area, including Porter Airlines, Holland America Line, Go Helico and Cruise Canada New England partnered together to sponsor the raffle. The winner won a trip for two that includes a cruise, airfare, hotel stays, and onshore activities.
The nonprofit Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF), founded in 1998, focuses its efforts on programs designed to strengthen and improve the quality of life in communities served by cruise lines in North America. CICF supports civic and community development, educational assistance and training programs, and environmental preservation initiatives. More information is available at www.cruisefoundation.org.
CICF supporters include: AmaWaterways, American Cruise Lines, Avalon Waterways, Azamara Club Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Hurtigruten, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Paul Gaugin Cruises, Pearl Seas Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea Cruises, Tauck River Cruising, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Windstar Cruises.
About Cruise Canada New England Alliance
The Cruise Canada New England Alliance groups together NYCruise, Cruiseport Boston, CruiseMaine USA, Cruise Atlantic Canada and Cruise the Saint Lawrence and was founded in 1998. Alliance members jointly market the Canada New England region to cruise lines in the United States and Europe through personal contact and by attending cruise industry events.
In 2012, cruise lines made a total of 1,303 ship calls at the 35 member ports of the Cruise Canada New England Alliance, bringing to 1.4 million the number of cruise passengers who embarked, disembarked or made port of call visits to this unique, historic and picturesque region. This robust industry offers an economic impact to the region of $1.075 billion for 2012.
SOURCE Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation