Despite a fleet that includes some of the largest cruise ships at sea, Royal Caribbean International is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and has expanded its Save The Waves goals – according to its 2015 sustainability report.
While its new Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas ships include skydiving machines and robotic bartenders, new technologies have helped them become some of the lowest-emission ships in the industry.
The company’s air lubrication system creates a reduced friction layer of billions of microscopic air bubbles on a ship’s hull, which have helped its new Quantum-class ships to emit about 20 percent less carbon dioxide than previous designs.
“At Royal Caribbean, we are working to ensure that sustainability remains at the heart of our business,” says Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
“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.”
In 2014, the company launched the Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas with the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, the Organisation of American States, the US State Department and Sustainable Travel International.
The SDAA is the largest scale partnership of its kind to focus on destination sustainability in the Americas.
Royal Caribbean International’s sustainability report also reveals that the company reduced greenhouse gas emissions in 2014 to 21.4 percent lower than its 2005 baseline.
And it became the first cruise line to launch a specialised autism initiative, in collaboration with Autism On The Seas – a group that organises cruises for adults and families living with autism, Down’s Syndrome and related disabilities – to make the ships a more welcoming environment for autistic guests and their families.
The company increased responsible local sourcing in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand – with a 20 percent increase in this in Australia and New Zealand.
And it also received a first-ever certification from RAINN, the largest anti-sexual violence organisation in the United States, recognising the company’s professionalism in preventing and responding to security incidents.
The full Sustainability Report may be viewed at www.RCLCorporate.com/environment and for information about cruise itineraries go to www.royalcaribbean.co.uk