2020 Goal & Update

Waste Reduction

Continue to reduce waste generated by our shipboard operations by 5% by 2020 relative to our 2010 baseline, as measured by kilograms of non-recycled waste per person per day.

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As part of our initiatives to continue to reduce waste generated by our shipboard operations we continue to work with waste vendors and ports.

AWWPS Technology

Increase Advanced Waste Water Purification System (AWWPS) coverage of our fleet wide capacity by 10 percentage points by 2020 relative to our 2014 baseline.

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We increased fleet wide capacity coverage of Advanced Waste Water Purification Systems (AWWPS) by 3.3 percentage points compared to our 2014 baseline.

FY2016 Waste Management Performance

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Waste Management Accounting Practices

In FY2016, we commenced a comprehensive evaluation of our waste management accounting practices and introduced a new approach for sustainability reporting purposes. Operating on a global scale presents challenges for reporting waste consistently since countries have different definitions and categories of waste, as well as different reporting requirements. With the goal of continuous operational improvement, we refocused our efforts to standardize waste definitions and units of measure across our global brands. This approach allows for consistent trend analysis and reporting. We are currently testing quality controls and FY2016 waste data will be available in the next performance summary. For regulatory reporting purposes, we comply with the requirements of the particular country were waste is landed.

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Food Discharge at Sea

We continually evaluate procedures and operations to minimize the volumes of discharges at sea.

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We continually seek new opportunities to reuse materials and equipment on board or find others who can use items that are in good condition that we no longer need.

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We strive to recycle as many items as possible.

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Disposal Ashore

We manage the amount and process of waste landed ashore.

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Incineration on board

Shipboard incineration reduces the volume of waste on board and waste landed ashore.

Our Commitment

Wastes generated by our operations and activities of our guests and crew mirror the waste generated by hotels and resort complexes worldwide. Our shipboard waste is disposed of in strict accordance with our environmental procedures that are designed to meet or exceed internal, national, regional and local environmental regulatory requirements and industry standards. The quantity of waste (solid and liquid) generated at our shoreside facilities is not material when compared to our ship waste generation as our shipboard waste generation represents the majority of our total waste.

Our Strategy

All of our ships have a waste management plan that specifies how we manage each type of waste on board. Our waste management strategy consists of a multi-level approach that includes eliminating and minimizing waste, disposing waste ashore, incinerating waste on board and discharging liquid waste and food waste, all performed in accordance with regulatory requirements and in some instances exceeding regulations. As part of our strategy we also seek for new opportunities to reuse materials and equipment on board or find others who can use items that are in good condition that we no longer need. We also work to reduce the volume of non-eco friendly waste. In addition, shoreside waste facilities are evaluated prior to offloading the waste from the ships where they are reused, recycled, incinerated or landfilled.

Our strategy to minimize our waste streams consists of working with our supply chain to minimize packaging as well as increasing the volume and types of recycled materials landed ashore. A challenge that limits the volume of recycling material that could be recycled is the lack of recycling infrastructure at certain ports of call we visit worldwide. Our approach is to hold the recycling materials on board when possible until a port that offers recycling services is reached within the itinerary. As part of our strategy we also encourage our guests to assist us in our waste management efforts by making them aware of options available on board to segregate waste for recycling ashore. Our crew is trained on waste management practices as part of their environmental training program. In addition, comprehensive training is provided to all personnel directly involved in waste management operations.

We are committed to increase the fleet wide capacity coverage of Advanced Waste Water Purification Systems (AWWPS) for the treatment of black and gray water.  These systems utilize technologies designed to produce a higher treated sewage quality that may meet or surpass standards for secondary and tertiary effluent and reclaimed water. In addition, all the ports we own and operate (i.e. Puerta Maya Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Turk Cruise Center, Turks & Caicos Islands; Amber Cove Cruise Center, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and Mahogany Bay Cruise Center, Roatán, Honduras) are equipped with AWWPS to treat the sewage generated at each of the port facilities.

We also continually monitor new regulations that are being proposed and engage with regulators and interested stakeholders either directly or through industry trade organizations like the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) to address their concerns and to discuss feasible solutions whenever such regulatory issues arise.