Published on March 30th, 2008 | by Stephanie Evans1
Eco Cruising is a Breeze
Cruises are getting greener thanks to new technology and industry interest.
An industry-wide shift towards cleaner tech hints of a future propelled by hydrogen-powered ships. Hydrogen is made from water and releases water vapor and electricity, not carbon.
A hydrogen future is not the only green thing setting sail for this industry…
The Ocean Conservation and Tourism Alliance (OCTA) created a partnership of cruise lines that are currently greening everything from wastewater purification to marine mapping for ecosystem preservation to building relationships with communities in destination areas.
Approximately 90% of America’s cruise lines participate in the partnership. View a list of partners at Conservation International.
However, since most ships cruising the seas aren’t currenly powered by hydrogen, here are a few eco steps you can take in the meantime:
- Eat in moderation. Cruises are a great excuse to indulge in excessive amounts of food and beverages. Keep a sensible mindset and only eat what you really need, which will cut back on food waste.
- Cut down on water consumption by taking short showers and making a request to the cleaning staff to not exchange towels and sheets every day.
- When at port, travel by bus, by bike, or by foot. Walking is perhaps the best way to experience a new place—it’s beneficial for your health and the planet’s atmosphere.