Eco-Friendly Cruises- A Report Card

As you all probably already know, I’m a huge fan of cruises. I’ve only been on Princess and Norwegian though. I love them both so no need to look elsewhere, right?! Right.

Again, as you know, I absolutely love Norwegian and highly recommend them to anyone who wants to cruise alone, in a group or with a family. However, if you are a very eco-friendly/cautious person you may want to look at this report before choosing your next cruise. Many cruise lines are harming the environment.

I’m proud to say that Princess and Norwegian rank among the top 5 in 2012. 🙂 

Take a look below! 

Cruise Report Card

Millions of Americans take cruise vacations every year. Yet, most travelers don’t realize that taking a cruise is more harmful to the environment and human health than many other forms of travel.

The 2012 Cruise Ship Report Card lets vacationers decide which cruise to take based on a cruise ship or cruise line’s environmental and human health impacts.

All cruise lines are not the same. With our report card, you can choose a greener cruise! With new ships that can carry more than 8,000 passengers and crew, these floating cities pollute the air we breathe and the water we use and enjoy.

Friends of the Earth’s Cruise Ship Report Card compares the environmental footprint of 15 major cruise lines and 148 cruise ships.

Name Sewage Treatment Air Pollution Reduction Water Quality Compliance Change from 2010 2012 Final Grade
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Information about Disney Cruise Line Disney Cruise Line A B- N/A   A-
Information about Princess Cruises Princess Cruises C+ B+ A   B+
Information about Holland America Line Holland America Line B+ C B+   B-
Information about Norwegian Cruise Lines Norwegian Cruise Lines A D- A   B-
Information about Regent Seven Seas Cruises Regent Seven Seas Cruises C+ F A   C
Information about Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Cruises A F N/A   C-
Information about Cunard Cruise Line Cunard Cruise Line A F N/A   C-
Information about Seabourn Cruise Line Seabourn Cruise Line A F N/A   C-
Information about Oceania Cruises Oceania Cruises B F N/A   D
Information about Silversea Cruises Silversea Cruises F F A   D
Information about Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Cruise Lines F C- B+   D+
Information about Royal Caribbean International Royal Caribbean International A- F N/A   D+
Information about Costa Cruises Costa Cruises F F N/A   F
Information about Crystal Cruises Crystal Cruises F F N/A   F
Information about P&O Cruises P&O Cruises D- F N/A   F

Grading methodology for the 2012 Cruise Ship Report Card

Friends of the Earth’s Cruise Ship Report Card ranks 15 major cruise lines and 148 cruise ships — Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Oceania Cruises, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean Int’l, Seabourn Cruise Line and Silversea Cruises — according to three environmental criteria: Sewage Treatment, Air Pollution Reduction, and Water Quality Compliance.

  • To determine a cruise line’s Sewage Treatment grade, we compared the number of cruise ships in the cruise line that have installed advanced sewage treatment systems against the total number of ships in the cruise line.
  • To determine the Air Pollution Reduction grade for each ship in a cruise line, only ships that dock at a port and plug in to available shoreside power hookups were graded.
  • To determine the Water Quality Compliance grade for ships operating in Alaska, we used 2010 notices of violation issued for individual cruise ships to each cruise line by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Ships were given an ‘N/A’ if they traveled to Alaska but avoided Alaska’s strong water quality standards by discharging outside of those protected waters.
  • The grades for each of the criteria were averaged to calculate the Final Grade for each cruise line.


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