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2013 Cruise ship environmental 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 2013 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.

What can you do about it? You can choose a greener cruise!

With new ships that can carry more than 8,000 passengers and crew, these floating cities pol-

lute the air we breathe and the water we use and enjoy. Friends of the Earth’s fourth Cruise Ship Report Card compares the environmental footprint of 16 major cruise lines and 162 cruise ships.

We evaluated the cruise lines on three environmental factors:

Sewage treatment Whether a cruise line has installed the most advanced sewage and wastewater treatment systems available instead of dumping minimally treated sewage directly into the water;

Air pollution reduction Whether a cruise line has retrofitted its ships to “plug in” to available shoreside electrical grids instead of running polluting engines when docked and if a cruise line utilizes only low sulfur fuels continuously at levels lower than required by international and U.S. law; and

Water quality compliance To what degree cruise ships violated 2010, 2011 and 2012 water pollution standards de- signed to better protect the Alaskan coast.

2013 Cruise ship report card

Cruise line

Sewage treatment

Air pollution reduction

Water quality compliance

Change from 2012

2013 final grade

Disney Cruise Line

A

B

A

A

Holland America Line

B+

C

A

B

Princess Cruises

B-

B-

A

B

Norwegian Cruise Line

A

D

A

B

Celebrity Cruises

A

D

N/A

C+

Royal Caribbean Int'l

A

F

N/A

C

Carnival Cruise Lines

F

C-

A

C-

Cunard Cruise Line

A

F

N/A

C-

Seabourn Cruise Line

A

F

N/A

C-

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

C+

F

B

D+

Silversea Cruises

F

F

A

D

Oceania Cruises

B

F

F

D-

MSC Cruises

D

F

N/A

N/A

F

P&O Cruises

D-

F

N/A

F

Costa Cruises

F

F

N/A

F

Crystal Cruises

F

F

N/A

F

Visit our website at www.foe.org/cruise-report-card for an explanation of our grading system, to learn more about the environmental efforts of individual cruise ships, and to find out what actions you can take to make cruise lines clean up their act.

Friends of the Earth • www.foe.org/cruise-report-card • 2150 Allston Way, Suite 240 • Berkeley, CA 94704 • 1.866.217.8499

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