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Carnival Corp. companies all receive failing grades on the 2019 Cruise Ship Report Card
Carnival Corp. companies all receive failing grades on the 2019 Cruise Ship Report Card

This year, Friends of the Earth is calling on Carnival Corporation and all large cruise companies to invest in real, comprehensive solutions to treat their environmental pollution and truly be environmentally responsible and protect the places they visit.

Don’t cruise with the criminal Carnival
Don’t cruise with the criminal Carnival

Carnival companies — Princess Cruise Lines, Holland America, Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard, Costa, and 4 others — are key polluters of our oceans and definitely not role models for other cruise lines like they claim to be.

Cruise industry eyes Cuba
Cruise industry eyes Cuba

The Obama administration’s plans to normalize relations with Cuba and the introduction of legislation to relax travel restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba have launched a tourism frenzy -- and the cruise industry is first in line.

The tides havent turned the cruise ship industry at it again
The tides havent turned the cruise ship industry at it again

It’s not enough that the cruise ship industry happens to be one of the largest ocean polluters, but Carnival Cruise Lines avoids most taxes due to a loophole in the tax code, reports David Leonhardt at the New York Times. Carnival only pays taxes equal to 1.1 percent of its cumulative $11.3 billion in profits.

Behind industry cruise lines
Behind industry cruise lines

Every year, thousands of cruise ships criss-cross the globe, burning highly toxic fuel, producing asthma-causing emissions and dumping sewage directly into the ocean. Most cruise lines only meet federal pollution standards that are decades out of date.

Ten things to know before you take a cruise

It is estimated that almost 22 million people will take a cruise in 2014. While the cruise industry has made a commitment to protect the marine ecosystems and the unique communities they visit, there remains plenty of room for improvement. To hold cruise lines accountable, Friends of the Earth produces an annual Cruise Ship Report Card grading the lines on their environmental and human health impacts.

If you are planning to explore the oceans…

New Princess cruise ship an environmental example for the entire industry to follow
New Princess cruise ship an environmental example for the entire industry to follow

On June 13 in Southampton, England, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, will christen the new Royal Princess, marking the beginning of a week-long inaugural celebration for Princess Cruises. This 4,950-passenger and crew cruise ship spans 330 meters in length (about 3 football fields), weighs over 140,000 gross tons, and is the first new Princess cruise ship to be launched since 2008. The Royal Princess is also the largest ship in the Princess fleet and is…

The cruise industry screws up and we pay the price

The Carnival Triumph’s “cruise from hell”…the tragic capsizing of the Costa Concordia in Italian waters…the Shell oil rig that ran aground on a small island south of Kodiak, Alaska… …there hasn’t been a lot of good news in the last few months for the cruise and shipping industries. In fact, the rash of accidents and cruise ship horror stories has cast a spotlight on the safety and environmental practices of cruise ships…

If you choose to cruise  pick a greener cruise!
If you choose to cruise pick a greener cruise!

It’s that time of year -- as temperatures drop, people start daydreaming about warm weather, and the lucky ones start scheduling their tropical getaways. If you, or anyone you know, are planning a cruise vacation, Friends of the Earth has a great tool for choosing a greener cruise. Friends of the Earth's 2012 Cruise Ship Report Card ranks 15 major cruise lines and 148 cruise ships for their air and water pollution footprint. The…