In the past few years, a growing number of ships already have been cutting down diesel emissions by using shoreside power, while others are installing energy efficient appliances and donating unused supplies to charity. And cruise lines are required to adhere to low-sulfur fuel and waste-water standards set forth by the International Maritime Organization, the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Princess Cruises, for example, practices recycling and waste-management strategies such as converting used cooking oil into biodiesel as part of its standard routine. Other lines, such as Holland America and Seabourn, aid by promoting sustainable seafood in their menus.
But aside from cruise ships, the biggest impact — good or bad — comes from cruisers themselves. To give you the benefit of the doubt, cruising is meant to be worry-free. Luckily, making a difference onboard doesn’t require an arm and a leg. Before we suggest a few tips for your next cruise, let’s see how “green” most of you already are.
What we asked: How eco-conscious are you at sea?
What they said: We were pleasantly surprised to find more than 75 percent of our cruisers are somewhat eco-conscious while in a vacation state of mind. And a cumulative 95 percent are aware that environmental issues such as overfishing do exist. Still, a small percentage are more dazed than fazed, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to try.
Vote in today’s daily poll here by scrolling to the bottom right.
See a more detailed list of cruise line initiatives under our Green Cruising trends.
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