Greening Cruise Tourism


The cruise industry is working hard to reduce waste and carbon emissions and become more eco-friendly. From solar panels to powering private islands with waste materials cruise companies have been making great strides in becoming greener.

MI 1Royal Caribbean

  • ISO14001 & ISO9001 certifications for their onboard environmental management plans.
  • Biodegradable water bottles used as opposed to plastic.
  • US$100 million invested to convert waste water treatment systems to an advanced purification systems.
  • 18 million gallons of biodiesel used each year.
  • Explorer of the Seas hosts labs for both the University of Miami’s Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Celebrity Cruises

  • Solar powered LED lights and lifts onboard Solstice class ships.
  • Heat transfer windows that allow more light and reduce cooling needs in cabins.

Disney Cruise Line

  • Recycled water from the air conditioning used in the laundry, saving gallons of water per day.
  • Excess heat is used to power evaporators which turn gallons of seawater into potable water each day.
  • Used cooking oil stored and recycled as fuel for machinery on Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island.
  • Widely recycle materials onboard and recycle non-traditional materials through partnership with Keep America Beautiful.
  • Guests and crew can take part in a variety of environmental and education programs.

Holland America Line

  • ISO14001 certified for their onboard environmental management plan.
  • Bilge water treated twice before being discharged.
  • Silicone paint added to ships’ hull to reduce drag.
  • Plug-in at port power to reduce emission while ashore.

Norwegian Cruise Lines

  • Eco-ballast system ensures water leaving the ship doesn’t send out toxins or invasive species.
  • Donate cooking oil to farmers in port cities to be used as fuel.