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Royal Caribbean International Spreads Christmas Cheer To Lions Befrienders’ Seniors With Ship Tour And Donation

December 19, 2015 Cruise No Comments Email Email

With Southeast Asia’s largest cruise ship Mariner of the Seas all decked in Christmas decorations from bow to stern, Royal Caribbean International organised an early festive celebration for a charitable cause today with a special group of visitors.


Dr Chey Chor Khoon, Executive Director of Lions Befrienders receiving the donation cheque from Captain Mal Bardsnes of Mariner of the Seas, Mr Sean Treacy, Managing Director of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and Staff Captain Angel Oviol of Mariner of the Seas.

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The ship’s crew and Singapore office staff welcomed some 60 seniors and volunteers of the local voluntary welfare organisation Lions Befrienders onboard the ship for a Christmas tour, show and lunch.

The group was treated an ice show performed by the ship’s international ice skating cast, as well as lunch in fine-dining style in the Main Dining Room. They also enjoyed viewing the Christmas decorations onboard and had a photo-taking session with the giant Christmas tree along the Royal Promenade.

Captain Mal Bardsnes of Mariner of the Seas with Mr Sean Treacy, Managing Director, Singapore & Southeast Asia of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., also presented a donation cheque of S$10,000 on behalf of the company to Dr Chey Chor Khoon, Executive Director of Lions Befrienders, to contribute to Lions Befrienders’ seniors’ welfare and more eldercare services and facilities. This activity is part of Royal Caribbean’s yearly Christmas charity activity in Singapore which invites onboard local charity groups, ranging from seniors to children with special needs or from low income families.

Mr Treacy said, “This year, we specially honour the Pioneer Generation for our Christmas charity celebration. Hence it is our great pleasure to invite Lions Befrienders’ seniors to tour our ship during one of her most beautiful moments of the year, for them to enjoy a day out with our family-friendly entertainment and amenities, and most of all, for us to have the opportunity to contribute to their welfare. Royal Caribbean will continue to work closely with charity organisations in the region to contribute actively to the community.”

Dr Chey added: “We are delighted to have Royal Caribbean’s continual friendship and care for our seniors, many of whom may not have the opportunity to enjoy such a treat on the seas. Royal Caribbean’s donation will go a long way in ensuring the sustenance of our services as we expand our programmes and reach to more vulnerable seniors.”

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