Dubbed the P&O Pacific Partnership, the cruise line says they have created the program in response to feedback from passengers wanting to help the island communities they sail into.
Effective immediately, an AUD$1 donation will be added to the onboard account of those 18 years and over, with passengers given the option to have the amount removed when sailing.
“Over time we will see the changes and I think that’s great…to be part of the future of the communities we visit,” Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry said.
The donations made will go towards investing in longer term programming for communities, building kindergartens, disaster planning and health services.
“With the support of P&O Cruises and their passengers, children in remote communities in Vanuatu will be able to access pre-school education which is proven to be vital in setting them up for success in life,” Save the Children Australia CEO Suzanne Dvorak said.
Words: Natalie Aroyan