On this blue planet, one thing is certain: water is life. From clean drinking reserves to healthy marine ecosystems, it’s the vital element that sustains us. But with sea life in peril, oceans clogged with plastic waste, and communities struggling with access to clean drinking water, it’s not news to anyone that this precious liquid asset needs protecting.
“Oceans make up over 70 percent of the planet and are 100 percent critical to our business,” says Nick Rose, director of environmental programs at Royal Caribbean International
. “Ensuring that we have healthy oceans is embedded into our daily operations. We’re constantly exploring ways to reduce our environmental footprint.”
Cruise lines are launching their own foundations, adopting more sustainable practices, and giving globe-trotters the chance to pitch in. Here are just a few ways cruise lines are working to give back.
In addition to launching the first-ever hybrid-electric-powered icebreaker in 2021, Ponant is testing a Solid Sail system on its flagship Le Ponant. The sails, made of fiberglass, carbon, and epoxy-resin panels, are expected to significantly decrease fuel consumption.