Royal Caribbean has announced this week that they are furthering their endeavours to reduce greenhouse gases created by the fleet and expanding their Save the Wave goals. The cruise giant has reported in their 2015 sustainability report that they will take steps to reduce the environmental impact of the fleet without compromising the quality of the service and the performance of the ships.
Royal Caribbean has been at the forefront of the cruise industry’s attempt to reduce environmental impact, forming the Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas in 2014. This is the largest alliance in the world, dedicated to destination sustainability in the Americas. Over the past 10 years, the cruise line’s efforts have seen greenhouse gas emissions fall by 21.4% – despite increasing the size of the fleet and the number of passengers carried.
Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. explained: “At Royal Caribbean, we are working to ensure that sustainability remains at the heart of our business.
“We bring 5,000,000 guests to nearly 500 ports around the world every year and we understand the need to act responsibly towards the oceans that we sail and the places we visit.
“Our mantra is continuous improvement and we constantly strive to find new and better ways to meet those goals.”
Furthermore, the cruise line has also championed responsible local sourcing in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand – working closely with suppliers.
Royal Caribbean also became the first cruise line to launch a specialised autism initiative – helping families living with autism, Down’s Syndrome and similar disabilities enjoy relaxing holidays on the seas.
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