Windstar Cruises President John Delaney recently returned from St. George’s, Grenada, where he was part of a live broadcast to 600 schoolchildren from the deck of Windstar’s Wind Surf, docked at Spice Island. At 15,000 gross tons, the Wind Surf is the largest sailing ship in the world.
The broadcast is part of a virtual program to bring the world to children in underserved K-12 classrooms. This pilot program, which links Windstar with New York-based nonprofit Reach the World, is in its fourth week of a 56-day Caribbean journey where the ship will travel 6,000 nautical miles and visit 27 countries with British, Dutch, French and Spanish cultural influence.
The Reach the World program reaches children in New York, New Jersey, California, Kentucky, Colorado and Arizona.
“You have never seen such enthusiasm,” says Delaney, citing an example of a high school hospitality program in Kentucky.
And everyone on board the Wind Surf is into it, from the captain on the bridge to food prep crews. Even tour guides take kids virtually through nutmeg plantations.
“I’ve always believed in the power of travel to broaden perspectives, enrich lives and inspire youth,” says Delaney. “For us, this was just a very natural and easy corporate give-back.”
Windstar will look for more opportunities to do this in other parts of the world, he said.
“We have a global deployment with our ships,” Delaney says, “so it’s a good possibility to grow this exciting program quite a bit bigger.”COURTESY
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