When we talk about pre or post-cruise hotel stays, the focus is normally on a certain hotel and any packages it might have for cruise travelers. Yesterday, we introduced some luxurious options from a couple of the Ritz-Carlton hotels in South Florida. Today, we have news of a unique program launched by the Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale that allows guests to have a direct impact on the environment and give back as part of the experience. Its a program perfect for cruise travelers who would really like to make a difference before or after their mid-October sailing.
“The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has always been committed to the support of local charities and causes and our ladies and gentlemen have donated tens of thousands of hours of paid time and their own time to organizations in their neighborhoods.” explained Sue Stephenson, Vice President, Community Footprints. “We believe extending this opportunity to our guests to participate in sharing their time and their skills is a fine example of “voluntourism” in the hospitality industry.”
On Friday, October 14, 2011 from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m the Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale invites guests to sink their feet into the sand at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park and learn how they can help protect the nearby neighboring coastline and habitat. A half day event leads guests to understanding Florida’s native settlers, the evolution of its coastlines, and the impact of industrialization, pollution and waste on the Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches. Native plants, fossilized animals and other key elements of the habitat’s natural ecosystem are presented by a local park ranger, creating awareness and promoting an in-depth understanding of “The Real Florida.”
Handed a bag of sea oats, guests walk down to the beach and begin planting them by the shoreline. In time the sea oats will grow and push their roots further into the sand, holding the shoreline together and preventing future erosion. A boxed lunch, prepared by Ritz-Carlton chefs, is provided to enjoy oceanfront after their environmental contribution.
Roundtrip transportation from The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale provided by the hotel for Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale guests only and advance reservations required by October 3, 2011. The Give Back Getaway program fee is $99 adults and $49 for children up to the age of 13. For reservations and additional information please contact the Concierge at (954) 302-6410 or email@example.com.
Guests at Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Resorts around the world can volunteer their time to improve and assist the local community where they are vacationing. Launched in 2008, the Give Back Getaways program offers guests a variety of opportunities from helping to protect endangered sea turtles to helping with renovations and landscaping at a Children- Hospice.