Is Cruising environmentally-friendly?


With the growing concerns for the environment and sustainability, consumers are increasingly seeking environmentally responsible brands.

Did you know that CLIA Cruise Lines have invested more than $1 billion in advanced emissions technologies and alternative fuels? CLIA worked with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to develop mandatory measures for a 30 per cent reduction in new ship CO2 emissions by 2025.

Here are many quick and interesting facts to share with your cruise customers on actions taken by the cruise companies:

  • Some cruise lines will no longer offer plastic straws, and the others will eliminate single-use plastics by 2022.
  • Some cruise lines have committed to replacing plastic as much as possible. For example, plastic laundry bags have been replaced with easier-to-recycle paper laundry bags.
  • Did you know a cruise ship is a recycling plant? Cruise ships recycle six times more per passenger than the average person on land. Some cruise ships recycle or re-purpose nearly 100 per cent of the waste generated onboard by reducing, reusing, donating, recycling and converting waste into energy.
  • Some cruise ships recycle cooking oil which can be turned into fuel and food waste, which can be converted into energy for onboard use.

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