In addition to planning and coordinating clean beach-ups for our natural playground, we join hands with 4OCEAN whose professional cleanup crews have recovered millions of pounds of plastic and debris since 2017.
SUSTAINABILITY is a word we do not take lightly. We strive for a world where ‘at home at sea’ is not a luxury of our time, but a standard for generations to come as we join the United Nations’ sustainable development goals and embrace our natural playground with love and care. Monitoring our impact on the environment with ships running on Marine diesel Oil, reducing plastic waste via our in continuous development single-use plastic reduction plan, and adhering to stringent policies on garbage management; are some of the practical ways we do so, but that is just the beginning.
VARIETY CARES takes great pride in joining hands with ITHAKA FILMS and THE TREVOR PROJECT in supporting an impactful campaign around LGBTQ+ Equality with the short film DRAW WITH ME.
DRAW WITH ME is a film directed by Constantine Venetopoulos in partnership with THE TREVOR PROJECT about the coming out journey of a youth who identifies as trans and about how their art became their outlet for self expression, while on the complex journey of having to be yourself in a world that at times struggles with diversity. The film has since become an impactful campaign and has screened at schools worldwide as well as the United Nations.
The School founded in 2012 provides 100 local children their first steps to a strong education. The school facilitates English Arabic education for the local community peacefully uniting under one roof with art at the forefront.
On March 2, 2011, JR won the TED prize at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and called for the creation of a global participatory art project with the potential to change the world. This project is called INSIDE OUT. Inspired by JR’s large‐format street “pastings”, INSIDE OUT gives everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and make a statement for what they stand for. It is a global platform for people to share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art.
KUNTAUR FILM FESTIVAL is a children’s film festival spreading classical film joy to rural villages without access to electricity using portable projectors and mobile sustainable generators.
The goal of the partnership is to innovate and expand the Lamin Koto School and make it a prototype for education in the region.
As part of the expansion of the school, Variety Cares transformed an abandoned building into a museum named “The Rose Museum”, in honor of its founder Triantafyllos Venetopoulos, whose first name means “rose” in Greek.
The museum will exhibit significant objects donated by the Explorers Club, including a piece from NASA’s spaceship, a flag of the Explorers Club that went to space and a piece of a comet among other items. Other educational materials include maps, books and compasses donated to the museum from a variety of sources including Variety Cruise customers.
As a small ship cruise company with hospitality and warm service at our core, and with Covid-19 Pandemic putting countries on a war footing, the spirit of co-operation and resilience in the face of adversity extends to the high seas.
In 2020, the 25 cabin M/S Panorama repatriated 19 Cuban seamen and women from a large passenger liner in Barbados and made a special 14 day diversion upon an inspiring repatriation mission.