The holidays will be more joyful for over 6,000 children because the FCCA, its member lines and partner destinations have begun the 18th annual Holiday Gift Project.

Through this venture, underprivileged children in 33 destinations throughout the Caribbean and Latin America will be treated to a very special holiday as they receive gifts delivered by crew members from the FCCA member cruise lines.

The FCCA Foundation has once again contributed toys that were selected by the destinations per age groups and genders. Member Lines are now loading the gifts onboard the vessels so they can serve as Santa while they deliver the presents to our partnering destinations, where festivities are planned to distribute the gifts, smiles and holiday cheer

As the events commence, notes of heartfelt gratitude are pouring in:

"We wish to again say thank you to the FCCA for the extraordinary generosity bestowed and for once again bringing holiday cheer to the nature isle, Dominica. The Discover Dominica Authority and the Ministry of Tourism are already fired up with anticipation for the 2013 FCCA Holiday Gift Project," said Deslyn Simon, Discover Dominica Authority

Sanja Dubajic, Youth Director, Carnival Liberty, added: "We had a great time with the kids on the charity event-one new experience for all that shows even a smile or hug can make a difference in somebody's life. I am so glad that we were part of it. And definitely we have lived the value today showing the care and respect to each other."

The following destinations will participate in this special event:

Antigua; Aruba; Bonaire; Belize; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; Curacao; Dominica; Eluthera, Bahamas; Ensenada, Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica; Freeport, Bahamas; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos; Grenada; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Nassau, Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Port Everglades, Florida; Progreso, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; Samana, Dominican Republic; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Kitts; St. Lucia; St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.; Tortola, BVI

The FCCA Member Lines are committed to working with our destination partners to deliver holiday cheer:

Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises (USA), Inc., Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International

In its 19th year, the FCCA Foundation continues to improve the lives of citizens in the Caribbean and Latin America through projects such as this. The Foundation has impacted the lives of thousands, having provided over $3 million in funding to a variety of organizations and causes.