2020 Goal & Update

Waste Reduction

Continue to reduce waste generated by our shipboard operations by 5% by 2020 relative to our 2016 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 closely with waste vendors and ports to identify new opportunities to reduce waste.

  • Achieved 3.8% reduction in waste rate.

AWWPS Technology

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

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We increased fleetwide capacity coverage of Advanced Waste Water Purification Systems (AWWPS) by 8.6 percentage points compared to our 2014 baseline.

FY2018 Waste Management Performance

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Removing Single-Use Plastics

In 2018, we started an initiative to evaluate our collective use of single-use plastic items and alternative options available in the market. As part of this initiative, we have identified items we can replace with reusable non-plastic alternatives or biodegradable options available for straws, take away cups and other items. Our goal is to remove single-use plastics within our operations whenever feasible.

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Food Discharge at Sea

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

  • In 2018, one of our brands continued to optimize a pilot program that uses equipment to digest food waste prior to discharge at sea. Based on the positive results of the pilot program the equipment will be installed in additional ships starting in 2019.
  • In 2017, one of our brands completed an assessment to promote a more sustainable shipboard food procurement, preparation, consumption and disposal method. In 2018, the food surplus component of the program was expanded and eight ports received food donations. This program reduces the volume of food waste generated.
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We continually seek new opportunities by reusing materials and equipment onboard. If we do no longer have a use for items that are still in good conditions we are passing them on to others in the communities we visit.

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We strive to recycle as many items as possible. Recycling containers are placed throughout the ships to allow items to be segregated for recycling at the source. In addition, designated crew sorts trash to ensure recyclable items are not commingled with other waste streams. After sorting, recyclable materials are crushed, baled and readied for offload ashore. We strive to maximize the offload of recyclable items in ports of call where facilities exist with the infrastructure. However, there are locations where the infrastructure is not in place, which means that some recyclable items may not be recycled.

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Disposal Ashore

We manage the amount of waste material generated onboard and work with disposal companies to promote a circular economy.

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Incineration onboard

Shipboard incineration reduces the volume of waste onboard and waste landed ashore.

Our commitment

Waste generated by our operations and activities of our guests and crew mirrors 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, international, national, regional and local environmental regulatory requirements and industry standards. We are committed to minimizing our waste generation and are continuously looking for ways to reduce our waste footprint.

Our Strategy

All of our ships operate under a waste management plan that specifies how we manage each type of waste onboard. Our waste management strategy consists of a multi-level approach that includes eliminating and minimizing waste, disposing waste ashore, incinerating waste onboard and discharging liquid waste and food waste. All of these activities are performed in accordance with regulatory requirements and in many instances exceeding regulations. As part of our strategy, we also seek for new opportunities to reuse materials and equipment  onboard 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. 

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 is the lack of recycling infrastructure available at certain ports we visit worldwide. Our approach is to hold the recycling materials onboard 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 onboard 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 our fleetwide 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 can 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 at a national and international level and engage with regulators and interested stakeholders either directly or through industry trade organizations like the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to address their concerns and to discuss feasible solutions whenever such regulatory issues arise.

Each ship in our fleet has a full-time Environmental Officer (EO), who oversees environmental compliance and implementation of environmental procedures. For more details see the EO Section in the Appendix.