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Our Environmental Goal

AN INTRODUCTION TO OUR ENVIRONMENTAL GOAL

Although the environmental impact of the cruise industry is largely out of our hands we do see a clear role for us to inform and empower you with all the information you need to make an environmentally informed decision when booking your next cruise. 

The summaries are taken from the material we’ve received directly from the Cruise Lines themselves, press releases, and their most recent sustainability reports. Whilst all three are somewhat different in the way they describe their environmental goals and progress to date, the similarities are striking. As all three have adopted CLIA emission targets, and wider maritime and tourism sustainability protocols this is to be expected.

The sheer volume of initiatives and the complexity involved makes this a difficult area to digest for even experts in sustainable tourism. This, together with the growing concern over the environmental impact of the cruise industry, we feel it is important to communicate this information to you so you have the ability to make a real difference.

The following page summarises the main environmental goals and progress to date of the three largest Cruise Line Groups - Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Group and NCL.

CRUISE LINE GROUPS ENVIRONMENTAL GOALS AND PROGRESS

Carnival Corporation

Overall Carbon Footprint

Reduce the rate of carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 relative to the 2008 benchmark.

Fuel Technology

Agreements are in place to build 11 LNG powered next-generation cruise ships, the first of which went into service in Dec 2018 (AIDAnova).

Advanced Air Quality Systems

Continue to develop, deploy and operate Advanced Air Quality Systems across the entire fleet. By the end of 2019 77% of the fleet was equipped with this technology.

Shore Power

Increase cold ironing coverage of its fleet capacity in relation to future port capabilities. 47 of the company’s ships were capable of using shoreside electric power in the 12 global cruise ports where they currently use (of 14 in total around the world).

Waste Management 

Food waste reduction of 10% and reduce all non-essential single-use items by 50% across the fleet by the end of 2021.

Water Efficiency

Continue to improve water efficiency by 5% by 2020, relative to the 2010 benchmark. Achieved an 8.7% reduction by 2019, relative to the 2010 benchmark. In addition, 82% of water needs are sourced from the ocean, with only 18% purchased at designated ports.

 

Click here to find out more about Carnival Corporation's environmental goals and progress

 

 

Royal Caribbean Group

Overall Carbon Footprint

Achieved target of 35% below 2005 levels (has gone up since), and has committed to a further reduction of 25% by 2025. Royal owned wind farms will offset 12% of emissions per annum.

Fuel Technology

Next-generation of ships, Icon-Class, expected to launch in 2023, will use LNG and fuel cell technology to reduce emissions.

Shore Power Systems

4 ships in the fleet were equipped with shore power connectivity, removing emissions will at port.

Sustainable Sourcing

Committed to sourcing 90% of wild-caught seafood and 75% of farmed seafood served on board from certified sustainable sources. In addition working to source sustainable products, from cage-free eggs to humanely reared pork.

Circular Economy

Reduce waste to landfill by 85% from 2007 baseline achieved ahead of target. 1/2lb of landfill waste per passenger per day, 80% less than the U.S. average onshore. Removed 60% of single-use plastic from the supply chain.

Water and Waste Water

Work to ensure fresh water on board is used sparingly and efficiently. 90% of fresh water is produced onboard its ships in order not to deplete local resources. The average guest uses 66 gallons of water a day, 34 gallons less than the US average.

 

Click here to find out more about Royal Caribbean Group's environmental goals and progress

 

NCL 

Overall Carbon Footprint

Committed to a 40% reduction in industry-wide carbon emissions rate by 2030, compared to 2008. 3M tonnes of carbon offsets were purchased to help bridge the gap in decarbonisation efforts.

Fuel Efficiency

70% of operational capacity, or 13 ships, fitted with Exhaust Gas Cleaning systems by the end of 2021. Emissions reduced by 17% across the fleet between 2008 and 2019. 9 new and more efficient vessels will be introduced to the fleet through 2027.

Shore Power Systems

100% of ships on order with shore power, or ‘cold ironing’, capabilities to help reduce emissions while in port.

Single-Use Plastics

11M plastic bottles and 50M plastic straws are estimated to be eliminated annually from the fleet and two island destinations.

Sustainable Sourcing

45% of total US supply spending with small or diverse businesses in 2020.

Water and Waste Water

100% of ships fitted with Advanced Wastewater Purification systems. Over 80% of self-produced water is used onboard.

 

Click here to find out more about NCL's environmental goals and progress

 

Click the links below to read even more information from the cruise lines about their sustainability goals;

Carnival Corp. Environment & Sustainability March 2021

Royal Group 2020 Sustainability Report Press Release

MSC Cruises ESG

NCL Sail & Sustain


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