Purpose

Oceans are 71% of the planet and 100% critical to our business.
Conserving their health is paramount.

Seastainability at RCL

Cruise ships are cleaner than ever before. They are improving with each new class of ships. From energy consumption reduction and emissions purification to waste management and plastics reduction, we are committed to a continuous pursuit of progress.

Rooted in a Decades-long Commitment to the Oceans

Save the Waves is the foundation of our environmental initiatives. It began in 1992 and evolved from a recycling program to a company-wide philosophy.

The program, and its subsequent goals, is integrated into our daily onboard operations, meets our above and beyond compliance principles and provides us with a structure to maintain our commitment to continuous improvement. It also provides the umbrella under which each officer, staff and crewmember signs a pledge to uphold his or her responsibilities to protect the environment.

A Journey to Zero Waste

Whenever possible, the waste on our ships is reused, recycled or converted into energy.

Reduce: We work with our suppliers to green our supply chain, reduce packaging materials and use more sustainable resources.

Reuse: We participate in container return programs with our vendors and have established a standard donation database for our fleet. Items include mattresses, sheets, towels, furniture and clothing.

Recycle: All trash on board our ships is hand-sorted by our crewmembers to determine what can be recycled.


Driving Change for a Plastics Free Ocean

We have taken action to reduce single-use plastics across our fleet and in two years reduced our consumption by 60%.

* The average person in the U.S. generates about 4.4 pounds of solid waste per day with 2.9 pounds of the generated waste sent to a landfill (2013 EPA MSW Data)

Conserving Every Drop of Water

Fresh water on a ship is a precious commodity, and we go to great efforts to ensure it's used efficiently. On board, fresh water is used for drinking, showers, sinks, toilets, galleys, pools and spas and is obtained primarily via reverse osmosis or desalination.

Leading the Way in Change

Going above and beyond compliance is critical for the success of our business and our planet. At Royal Caribbean, we are leading the way in change in the cruise industry and holding ourselves to a higher standard.

Partnering with
World Wildlife Fund

In 2016, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) began a five-year partnership to ensure the long-term health of the oceans. With WWF’s help we set ambitious and measurable 2020 targets to reduce our environmental footprint, raise awareness about ocean conservation and support WWF’s global oceans conservation work.

A First for Galápagos

Celebrity Flora was purpose-built for its new home in the Galápagos — making it one of the most environmentally-friendly ships in the region and the only cruise ship in the Galápagos to feature dynamic positioning, a system that uses sensors and gyrocompasses to maintain its position.

Focused on Sustainable Tourism

Our 1,500 tours are now offered across the RCL fleet, far surpassing its initial goal of 1,000 by 2020. Certified to the Global Sustainable Tourism (GSTC) standard, these tours are not just a win for RCL but they boost the global supply of certified sustainable excursions for the industry.

Design and Innovation

We design to build the most efficient ships possible. We look 30 years into the future but also at how we can improve our existing fleet of ships.

Energy and Emissions Reductions Through Design Innovation

In 2019, we achieved a 35% reduction in emissions and in 2020 introduced a new target to reduce our emissions an additional 25% by 2020.

Reducing Emissions

To date, 60% of RCL vessels are equipped with Advanced Emissions Purification (AEP) systems. These systems remove 98% of sulfur dioxide from our emissions and help us meet the requirements set forth by the IMO for 2020. Our remaining vessels have completed all fuel modifications and are ready to run on compliant fuel.

Exploring Fuel Cells

We’re investing and exploring fuel cells as an alternative power source for some hotel operations on board our newest ships.

Designing for Improved Hull Performance

Celebrity Edge’s parabolic ultra bow is not just eye-catching, but it contributes to Celebrity Edge’s overall energy reduction. With each new class of ships, our team’s aim for a 20% energy reduction. This is a combination of new innovations and design calibrations, such as the hull. In the case of Edge, the bow is straight, not in a curve. Advanced modeling showed improved performance and efficiency by borrowing from well-established designs found in decades of maritime history.

Data Crunching

We’re digitally transforming ourselves and artificial intelligence is a key player in that transformation. With a voracious appetite AI gets smarter with each data point it takes in. And as it gets smarter, the more efficient our ships become. AI has become integral in optimally routing our ships for weather safety, fuel efficiency and guest comfort. On our newest ships, it can even keep track of how much energy a single oven is using in the ship's galley.

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