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.
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.
We have taken action to reduce single-use plastics across our fleet and in two years reduced our consumption by 60%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’re investing and exploring fuel cells as an alternative power source for some hotel operations on board our newest ships.
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.
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.