5 Ocean-friendly travel tips for #ChooseCruise

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The cruise industry is committed to sustainable travel through innovations that help to achieve clean air, clean water, preservation of marine ecosystems and sustaining local destinations.

That is why during #ChooseCruise this month, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is extending that mission and helping to educate travellers on how to be an ocean-friendly traveller.

These tips will no doubt be useful for travel agents to share with your cruise customers as we head into the cruise and holiday season!

Follow these simple tips to leave a smaller footprint on your next cruise holiday:

  1. Pack Reusable Bags – Savvy travellers already know to leave extra room in suitcases for souvenirs and gifts. Green up shopping trips by packing reusable shopping bags and totes, then use them on visits to onboard boutiques and destination shops and markets.
  2. Choose Ocean-Friendly Sunscreens – Many sunscreens contain ingredients that may contribute to bleaching of our coral reefs. Help protect the oceans by avoiding sunscreens with active ingredients like paraben and benzophenone. Opt for reef-safe ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
  3. BYOB: Bring Your Own Bottle – A great idea for airport travel as well as cruise travels is to bring a reusable water bottler. Doing so helps reduce the number of plastic bottles that can take up to 1,000 years to degrade in landfills.
  4. Ditch the Straw or Go Metal – Straws and other disposable plastics pose a high risk to marine life. By eliminating plastic straws, travellers can help reduce the impact of one of the top ten debris items in our oceans. Love to sip from a straw? Personal stainless-steel straws are all the rage – and they’re reusable!
  5. Thoughtful Toiletries – Ditch the microbeads and chemicals like polyethylene and polypropylenes in shampoos, makeup and cleansers. These can enter the oceans and waterways and negatively impact marine life. Also – invest in reusable travel-sized bottles and refill at home before leaving.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)’s membership offers a globally recognised online training and accreditation programme – specially designed for travel agents – with modules dedicated to cruising related topics, river cruising and key destinations. Visit www.cliaasia.org to join and for more information on how to promote cruising during #ChooseCruise.

Jiali Wong is the Regional Manager for Asia, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)