Cruise Industry Partners Make Critical Donation to Alaska SeaLife Center
August 14, 2020

Seward, Alaska (August 14, 2020)The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) has been granted a generous dollar-for-dollar matching donation of $100,000 from a partnership of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Royal Caribbean Group, and SSA Marine. 

The Alaska SeaLife Center is in the midst of an urgent public information and fundraising campaign to raise $2 million in funding by September 30. Uniquely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, ASLC will not be able to maintain operations of the Center through the winter due to a lack of summer visitor revenues. Public support has been inspiring, and the Alaska SeaLife Center is more than halfway to its goal. 

Alaska’s tourism industry, especially the cruise sector, has been similarly devastated by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cruise ship guests are essential to the financial stability of many of Alaska’s coastal towns, and Seward is no exception. 

“We know these companies are struggling just as we are, which is why we are so moved to announce that this partnership has stepped up with a donation of $100,000 to support our efforts to remain open. We’re stunned and so deeply appreciative,” said President and CEO Tara Riemer. This donation is a matching donation, which means the partnership will match the next $100,000 that the Alaska SeaLife Center is able to raise. 

Speaking for the cruise industry partners, Wendy Lindskoog, Assistant Vice President, Government Relations for Royal Caribbean Group shared, “There are moments in time that call for action. The global health pandemic and the ripple effects it has had on businesses and communities, big and small, is one of those moments. We hope this contribution inspires action from others to support the Alaska SeaLife Center and its critical mission of marine research and education.”

“To us, this is more than a corporate gift. It’s a lifeline from an industry that while struggling to survive stands with the Seward community. It’s a deep expression of partnership and commitment to Alaska’s communities,” said Riemer. “Thank you, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Royal Caribbean Group, and SSA Marine!”

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