Can a cruise vacation be an environmentally friendly way to travel?
- overcrowded port towns
- ocean pollution
- air pollution
- fast/ hurried experiences in towns
- cities/ businesses that care more about the income that tourism generates than the impact these kinds of visits can have on the culture, economy, and environment
- soil erosion
- garbage created on-ship
- massive use of fossil fuels - using a whopping 140-150 TONS of fuel each day
Do your research
Believe it or not, some cruise lines are better than others when it comes to environmental impact. Friends of the Earth released this handy report card grading many cruise lines on how well they match up and what efforts they take to run a clean operation.
Take a Repositioning Cruise
Manage what you can aboard
- Pack some dry shampoo and shower less often to save on water.
- Use a reusable water bottle for water when possible.
- Ask them to hold the straws in your beverages.
- Turn off your room lights when they aren't needed.
- If you bring any electronics, like curling irons or blow dryers, keep them unplugged unless using them.
Book your passage on the 'World's most eco-friendly' cruise ship
Scheduled to launch in 2020 in time for the Olympic games in Tokyo, the Japanise built "Ecoship" promises to be energy efficient, cut Co2 emissions by over 40% and emit zero waste!
It may sound too good to be true, but the Ecoship may just turn the whole cruise industry on its head. I'm very excited to follow it's progress.
So, in a nutshell, cruises are not the best for the environment, however, there are some companies making some big strides to improve.
Now, while more eco-friednly cruise ships will help lessen the impact on the environment, they will not help lessen the impact in many of the ports that travelers vist. Just something to keep in mind.
What ways can you think of to make cruising more eco-friendly? Do you have any ideas of alternatives?