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The Tabernacle Choir and Azamara Collaborate to Support Global Relief Efforts

Baltic cruises will benefit CARE, International Rescue Committee and American Red Cross

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and cruise line Azamara® have joined together to invite worldwide travelers to help victims of conflict, famine, disease, and other crises in a way that fosters humanitarian relief and peace. Due to scheduling challenges from the pandemic, The Tabernacle Choir was forced to cancel its long-planned tour that had been rescheduled for this summer. With the help of Azamara, the Choir has turned this cancellation into a charitable opportunity on the same ship that was booked for the tour.

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One hundred percent of the posted sales price (excluding any fees and commissions*) from two Baltic cruises scheduled for June 2022 will be donated equally to several nonprofit organizations — CARE, the International Rescue Committee and the American Red Cross — to help alleviate suffering around the world.

“We are pleased to use this opportunity to honor the sacred directive to love our neighbors,” said Mike Leavitt, president of The Tabernacle Choir. “We are enormously grateful to be able to assist CARE, the International Rescue Committee and the American Red Cross in bringing much-needed aid to those suffering worldwide and express our sincere thanks to Azamara for working with us to create this charitable cruise opportunity.”

Choir leaders said these three charities were chosen due to their commitment to providing lifesaving aid to those displaced by ongoing global conflict, as well as those affected by poverty and natural disasters around the world.

“We are proud to be partnering with The Tabernacle Choir to do our part in aiding global communities in need,” said President of Azamara, Carol Cabezas. “We are committed to connecting our guests with the people and destinations of the world, so we understand the importance of helping refugees across the globe receive the care and resources they need.”

Azamara is a premium cruise line and leader in Destination Immersion® experiences. Azamara will offer two cruises (a seven-night and a five-night voyage, starting June 17 and June 24, 2022, respectively) visiting ports in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Germany aboard the Azamara Pursuit — the ship that the Choir had originally reserved for travel during its tour. Guests can also choose to book both cruises for a total of 12 nights aboard the Azamara Pursuit, without repeating any ports throughout the voyage.

Bookings are now available for guests looking to travel on either the 7-day or the 5-day cruises through Azamara’s website at Guests wanting to book the 12-day cruise will need to contact the call center by dialing 855-AZAMARA (292-6272). Bookings for these cruises will not be open to residents in Alabama or Hawaii until May 5, 2022.

About CARE:

Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE has more than seven decades of experience helping people prepare for disasters, providing lifesaving assistance when a crisis hits, and helping communities recover after the emergency has passed. CARE places special focus on women and children, who are often disproportionately affected by disasters. To learn more, visit

About International Rescue Committee:

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities. Learn more at and follow the IRC on Twitter and Facebook.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the United States’ blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

* For each purchase of a 7-day, a 5-day, or a combined 12-day Baltic cruise on the Azamara Pursuit, departing on June 17, 2022 (7-day or 12-day cruises) or on June 24, 2022 (5-day cruise), Azamara will donate to The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square the posted sales price less credit card fees of up to 3.5%, and for certain transactions, up to 25% in travel agent commissions. Taxes and port fees are not included in the posted sales price. For more information about the humanitarian work of these organizations, visit,, and The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Bookings for these cruises are not available for purchase in Alabama or Hawaii until May 5, 2022.

No portion of the sales price is tax-deductible.

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