Focus on protecting our oceans around the world

The cruise industry has a vested interest in protecting our oceans around the world. Members of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) are dedicated to enhancing their environmental programs and practices to help conserve our global waters.

Reclaimed Water

Ships conver seawater to produce the majority of fresh fresh water needed on board for bathing, washing, laundry and even cooking.

Royal Caribbean International's Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, are examples of how leading technologies have been used to develop ships from the design phase on that minimize environmental footprint and maximize conservation.

33% of the water used onboard some Disney Cruise Line ships is reclaimed from condensation in the shipboard air conditioning units and then re-used to wash the decks.

Holland America Line and Seabourn use a number of strategies to conserve fresh water - approximately 30% of fresh water used on-board Holland America Line ships is made from seawater through the use of waste heat, boilers, or reverse osmosis units.

Crustal Cruises uses reverse osmosis plants to increase onboard water- making capacity.

Disney Cruise Line reroutes excess heat generated in the ships' engine boilers to efficiencly power evaporators used in the process of turning sea water into drinkable water.

Water Conservation

Holland America Line and Seabourn Low flow toilets on-board use 75% less water than a typical home toiler. Low flow shower heads and faucets are also used and guests are asked to participate in water conservation efforts by turning off faucets when not in use and save wash water by re-using linens.

Crystal Cruises has installed low-flow showerheads which have reduced water usage bathing by 50 percent; water restrictions on faucets; reduced boiler fuel consumption to heat water makers; and employs the Natura water filtration system to replace outside bottled water onboard

Environmental Contributions

Cruise Lines have implemented programs and technologies to contribute to various environmental initiatives.

Carnival Cruise Lines have installed ocean-monitoring devices on some of their ships. Water and environmental data is transmitted worldwide via satellite to environmental groups, governmental agencies and universitites to aid in assessing ocean pollution and researching global climate changes and weather patterns.

For more information, please click at the CLIA Infographic below:

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