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Cruise Foundation Supports Latino Leadership Programs

Sunday, October 2, 2005  
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Cruise Foundation Supports Latino Leadership Programs

New York, NY (October 11, 2005) – – The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) is pleased to

announce a recent grant donation to support the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) and its

Educational Outreach Programs. The CHLI grant reflects the cruise industry’s commitment to providing

educational and economic opportunities for the Hispanic American community.

At a luncheon ceremony held aboard Cunard’s

Queen Mary II on October 8, Cunard Vice President of

Caribbean and Atlantic Shore Operations, Steve Nielsen, presented a charitable donation to the CHLI

Board of Directors. Special guests attending the luncheon included: CHLI Chairman, the Honorable

Lincoln Diaz-Balart, CHLI and CICF Board members, cruise industry executives, as well as business and

community leaders.

"We are excited to continue our partnership with CHLI to promote educational and leadership activities

among Hispanic Americans” said James R. Border, Chairman of the Cruise Industry Charitable

Foundation. "New York is a rapidly growing port for the cruise lines. As our industry expands its

presence here, we will continue to support charitable programs designed to promote enhanced educational

opportunities for youth.”

"We appreciate the generous support and leadership of the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation. CICF

understands the importance of increasing educational opportunities for the Hispanic American community.

Through this grant, CICF is helping Hispanic American youth achieve their goals,” said Representative

Lincoln Diaz-Balart, CHLI Chairman.

New York is the third-ranked state in the nation benefiting from cruise industry activity. In 2004, cruise

lines generated over $1.4 billion in expenditures and provided 21,321 jobs in the local community. Last

year, over 500,000 passengers embarked on a cruise vacation from the New York Cruise Terminal on

Manhattan’s West Side, representing a 25 percent increase over 2003.

CICF members include:

Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruise Lines N.V., Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line Limited,

Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, NCL America, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises,

Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean Int'l., Seabourn Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, Windstar


The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI):

The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is a 501 (C ) (3) non-profit and non-partisan organization

dedicated to creating a broader awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests and views of millions of

Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent. For more information, please visit:

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