Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines are making real waves when it comes to trying to reduce their impact on the environment.

Yesterday, on World Environment Day, the cruise line announced a ban on the use of plastic straws on its four ocean ships – Balmoral, Black Watch, Braemar and Boudicca.

They’re also making a commitment to remove plastic cutlery from the fleet too, as part of their focus on recycling to ensure minimal waste as a cruise line.

What else are they doing to save waste?

Brabant, Fred. Olsen’s river cruise boat, is also considering what measures can be taken too, all with the hopes of eliminating single-use plastics onboard in the near future.

Making an impact

Hotel operations director, Thomas Rennesland, told Travel Weekly: “As a cruise line, we make our living out of the sea. We need to do our utmost to conserve this precious environment and make sure that it is safeguarded for marine life and the enjoyment of generations to come.”

“There are three key elements to the environmental measures that we are undertaking across our fleet: to reduce and – where possible – eliminate single-use disposable plastics; to reduce the amount of plastics used operationally; and finally, to influence our supply chain in their behaviours.”

“We have been listening to guest feedback and asking our staff how we can work together to reduce, and wherever possible, remove our reliance upon single-use plastics.”

“Onboard Boudicca, for instance, we have been able to reduce the use of cling film by 32%; this is being replicated across our other ships.”

What about other cruise lines?

Back in February, cruise giant Royal Caribbean® also made the pledge to go plastic-free. President and Chief Executive Michael Bayley has yet to put a date on when the brand will be completely free of single-use plastics, but did confirm that investigations are now underway by a special team created within the organisation.

He said – “It won’t happen in three months” but went on to say “we should have a clear position by the end of the year.”

British favourite P&O Cruises have also approached the building of their upcoming additions with big considerations for the environment too – with the promise to power their 2020 and 2022 ships with LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), which puts out far less in the way of toxic air emissions. This superb technology is definitely a step towards greener cruising.

Iona, P&O Cruises' most environmentally efficient ship yet, due in 2020

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