Thursday, 29 November 2018

How to take a cruise in an eco friendly way*

*this is a collaborative post on "Ice Cream" whispers Clara
These days it is so cheap to travel, and budget airlines allow us to jet around the world whenever we choose. However, the implications of the climate crisis mixed in with a common fear of flying mean that more and more of us are looking for greener means of travel and to see the world. After all, it is seeing the world and travelling it that really helps to educate us and become aware of surroundings outside our own. It really helps to alert us to the effects of climate change.

However, until completely zero waste travel machines come to be available - they are on their way! -    the most common way to still have an enjoyable travel experience, even with a fear of flying is to book a cruise trip with one of the greener cruise lines. I know, I know, cruises have earned a reputation as being little better than flying, but there are so many eco friendly changes a cruise line can make, as opposed to a plane, so many factors that can make a difference. With recent changes being made, it is reported that the average person recycles 60% more waste at sea than they do on land. Here are some ways to take a cruise in an eco friendly way.

. Choose a cruise line making the most of sail power - Star Clippers are one of the best ways to enjoy eco-friendly cruising, beautiful and tall ships that boast huge sails. Sailing around the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Asia, the ships rely exclusively on sail power around 25% to 35% of the time and often more. Onboard activities include traditional pursuits such as knot-tying classes and climbing the mast, such good value for money as you get to learn new skills too!

. Choose a cruise line using greener fuel - Hurtigruten is converting its ships to use biogas, a renewable energy source that is generated ashore from organic waste such as the leftovers of fish processed for food. Virgin Voyages have built an on board system that converts any passenger waste like sewage, food and paper, in to biofuel, which is then used to power the ship.

. Cruise lines minimising impact on the sea - Royal Caribbean International operates an environmental protection programme called Save the Waves, which aims to reduce the creation of waste material, recycle as much as possible and ensure the proper disposal of any remaining waste through water purification systems. MSC Cruises ships are being painted with new specially designed non toxic paint that doesn't release acidity and doesn't alter the bacterial makeup of the sea. All waste water on their ships is recycled and reused, with the last drop used to wash the windows.

. You get to visit multiple destinations on the same trip - One of the most appealing features of a cruise experience is the fact that you get to visit multiple destinations on the same cruise. When you fly abroad for your vacation, it is generally to visit a single location. Instead of booking flight after flight with all the disposable one use plastic that entails from going through security and picking things up in airport lounges again and again, a cruise is a resort in itself that stops at numerous countries on its way. When the ship drops anchor, you can get out and explore the location as you normally would. This way, you can see so much more of the world in one trip.

. Give back while on board! One of the most fulfilling and sociable experiences is giving back by volunteering around the world! Crystal Cruises won the Cruise Ship Environmental Award both in 2005 and 2011 for its mandatory conservation and environmental practises programs, energy efficient lighting in all cabins, eco friendly water filtration and dry cleaning systems, plus recycles its own unused toiletries. But its 'you care, we care' voluntourism program allows both cruisers and crew to participate in community based conservation projects in destinations the ships visit, for no additional cost to passengers. This can include restoration of native foliage in New Zealand, collaborating with animal rescue programs in places around Europe, volunteering at an Alaskan salmon hatchery and helping to clear up areas after hurricane devastation.

For many people, one of the highlights of travelling and going on holiday is the fact that you get to socialise with new people. And this is one of the ways in which a cruise offers you so much.

The freedom and flexibility that comes with taking a cruise is something that makes this a wonderful travel experience, especially now that there are cleaner, greener options to consider when taking a cruise. You can book a cruise experience with any of these greener companies at, there are so many options to choose from, it can be as laid back or full-on as you want, and this is something that a lot of people love about it. It’s a holiday experience with a difference and a way to see the world that is unlike any other. The multiple destinations and social aspect of cruises make them an absolute must for travel junkies, and there are a multitude of ways to make them greener at the same time. You could even get involved and find ways to assist the programs on your own!

1 comment :

  1. I love this! I adore cruises. I went on one a few years back with my nan – I just find them so wonderful!

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