A luxury cruise liner which usually delivers tourists to a beach near Port-au-Prince has said it will donate spare sun loungers and beach furniture to make a temporary hospital for victims. “A second ship with tourists arrived at Labadee beach yesterday on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas as the cruise company sought to head off criticism that its decision to continue using the resort was insensitive. John Weis, the company’s associate vice president, said emergency food supplies delivered by another cruise liner, Independence of the Seas, on Friday have now been distributed and that more deliveries are planned for the rest of the week. ‘We’ve also gone through the site giving up any extra lounge chairs, bedding and mattresses which are now being used in the makeshift hospital,’ he said. The hospital opened in a gym in Cap Haitian, 15 miles from Labadee, where thousands of people are said to be arriving to seek shelter, food and water or medical help. Passengers have been divided about whether to disembark and use the resort, which is under armed guard and is leased by Royal Caribbean from the Haitian government.”
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