Cruise lines are the greenie meanies in the travel industry, drawing the ire of environmental groups, state governments, and even the EPA, for the amount of carbon dioxide emissions and waste they produce.
Editors at Hoover’s compiled the following list of green initiatives among the top cruise lines.
1. Carnival uses “cold ironing” (using shore-side electricity, rather than burning the ship’s fuel, while in port) on their Princess Cruises in San Francisco; Juneau, Alaska; and Seattle.
2. Holland America donates reusable goods (linens, individually sized toiletries, dishes, mattresses) to charities through its Ship to Shore program. The company also started an Avoiding Whale Strikes program in which crew members learn about whale types, behavior and safety measures to avoid collisions. Holland America uses cold ironing, too.
3. Norwegian Cruise Line introduced a recycling program in 2007, which included donating more than 15,000 gallons of used cooking oil to an organic farmer in Florida who converted the oil into biodiesel for farming equipment.
4. Disney Cruise Lines sponsors annual volunteer coastal cleanups in Florida to remove trash and debris from beaches.
5. Royal Caribbean Cruises installed a wastewater purification system on its Independence of the Seas luxury liner. It plans to equip all its ships with the system which cleans wastewater generated onboard and creates clean water that exceeds worldwide standards.