A Greener Way of Living, at Home and Abroad
I just returned from a themed cruise to the Caribbean that featured classic movies and movie stars from the past. It was just what I needed – rest and relaxation sprinkled with movies, good food, good times, and a therapeutic saltwater Jacuzzi and pool. On the cruise I got to wondering about the environmental impacts of a cruise ship. It is definitely not the greenest type of vacation you can take, that would be to say home. I have seen ads for “environmental cruises” that take you to Antarctica to see the impacts of climate change. I wonder how much impact you are making on the environment by going on that cruise, or any cruise.
When I got back I did some research on cruises and learned that according to a 2008 EPA report, in one day cruise ship passengers will generate:
The majority (75-85%) of the garbage generated is incinerated. The incinerator ash and sewage sludge is released into the ocean, which is legal in most areas of the US as long as it is more than 3 miles from the shore.
Cruise lines have been working to reduce the garbage and waste they produce and the energy they use. Some actions have been by choice and some because of regulations. Cruise lines have been making positive changes like:
Would I go cruising again? Probably, but before I go I will do some research to find out what the cruise lines environmental policies are before I book. Here are some resources to help you decide.