Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises ‘Ocean Fund’ awarded The Marine Conservation Society a £20,000 grant at the inaugural launch of Celebrity Equinox in Southampton.

The Society will use the money to educate UK school children about marine species living in the seas around Britain. This programme will be implemented in schools in and around areas where Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises operate in the UK.

"We are committed to supporting an understanding of marine habitats around the world as it is vital to provide the next generation with a thorough appreciation of our coastal and ocean environments. It gives us great pleasure to be able to continue to support the excellent work of the Marine Conservation Society which educates a new generation of advocates for marine conservation, both here in the UK and abroad," said Jamie Sweeting, Vice President for Environmental Stewardship and Global Chief Environmental Officer for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Started in 1996, the Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises, ‘Ocean Fund’ has awarded more than $10 million in marine conservation grants around the world. The mission of the ‘Ocean Fund’ is to support efforts to restore and maintain a healthy marine environment, minimize the impact of human activity on the environment, and promote awareness of ocean and coastal issues and respect for marine life.

"Over fifty percent of the UK’s wildlife lives beneath the waves, but few people have had the opportunity to appreciate the astonishing diversity of life within our seas. With Royal Caribbean Cruise Line support we can let over 5,000 school pupils know just how cool our seas really are!” said Marine Conservation Society Head of Fundraising Marianne Steele, Ocean Fund grants are made annually to a variety of non-profit groups and institutions conducting activities directly related to marine conservation. These activities cover research, education and innovative technologies.

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