Sustainable Cruise Meetings are on the Horizon!

If you’re planning a sustainable meeting or incentive travel program you might have concerns about the environmental impact of cruising. So here’s positive news about sustainable cruises to put your mind at ease.

Hurtigruten ships are the first hybrid electric-powered cruise ships

Hurtigruten introduces the world’s first hybrid electric-powered cruise ships.

The Cruise Industry is Committed to Environmental Sustainability

The 2020 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report published by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) highlights an industry-wide commitment to sustainable cruises, including environmental and destination stewardship. 

The report highlights the industry’s $22 billion investment in the development of new energy efficient technologies and cleaner fuels, partnerships with local governments in key destinations, and 40% target reduction in the rate of carbon emissions by 2030 compared to 2008

New Technology and Sustainable Cruise Ship Design

The development of new technology and ship design will drastically reduce the cruise industry’s carbon footprint. For example:

  • There are 26 Liquified National Gas (LNG)-fuelled cruise ships currently on order
  • 100% of new ships will have advanced wastewater treatment systems
  • 88% of new ships will use shore-side power. 

Cruise Line Environmental & Sustainability Initiatives

Need more evidence of sustainable cruise meetings to convince your decision-makers? Here are just a few examples of how cruise companies are implementing sustainable practices and innovative technology to reduce their environmental footprints:

Virgin is banning unnecessary single-use plastics from their ships. Innovative technologies will transform heat from the ship’s engines into clean energy, and purify wastewater so that it’s even clean enough to drink. Virgin’s strategic partnership with Ocean Unite includes accelerating the 30×30 global initiative — a call to preserve 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030. 

All three cruise brands have partnered with Ocean Conservancy to protect and ensure the long-term health of our oceans. Norwegian Cruise Line will replace all single-use plastic bottles across its fleet by January 1, 2020, beginning with its newest innovative ship, Norwegian Encore

Carnival will significantly eliminate its purchase and consumption of non-essential single-use plastics by the end of 2021. The effort to reduce single-use plastics will extend across its nine global cruise line brands and support their commitment to sustainable cruises. 

Carnival Cruise Line is also the first large-scale cruise operator to partner with Clean the World. Through this global sustainability program, nearly 40 tons of discarded soap will be collected each year to be recycled into new soap bars and distributed to vulnerable communities worldwide.

Both Royal Caribbean Cruise Line brands have pledged to eliminate single-use plastics across their fleets. The cruise company has also set ambitious sustainability targets to reduce its environmental footprint and raise awareness about ocean conservation in 2020. Three key focus areas are emissions reduction, sustainable sourcing, and destination stewardship.

To bring the climate impact of their entire fleet to zero, MSC Cruises is committed to becoming the world’s first fully carbon neutral cruise line. Beginning January 1, 2020, MSC will purchase enough credits from companies that absorb carbon dioxide to offset all the emissions from their 17 ships. MSC also has begun construction on the first of five liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered sustainable cruise ships.

Crystal Cruises has eliminated plastic straws across its entire fleet of ocean and river ships as well as its yacht, Crystal Esprit. Crystal is also committed to preserving and serving the communities they visit. The cruise company has partnered with Clean the World, the toiletry recycling program that fights deadly illness in sanitation-challenged communities.

Carbon neutrality joins Lindblad’s list of ongoing environmental initiatives including a strong sustainable seafood program and a fleetwide ban on single-use plastics. Lindblad will become a carbon-neutral company by offsetting the carbon emissions of its fleet, employee travel worldwide, offices, and beyond.

Hurtigruten’s expedition vessels, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, are the world’s first electric-powered sustainable cruise ships. The design of the ships’ hulls, energy savings on board, and use of electric propulsion will reduce fuel emissions by 20%.

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