Friends of the Earth released the 2019 edition of its Cruise Ship Report Card today, documenting the environmental footprint of the cruise industry and grading 16 cruise lines and their 185 ships.
Switching to a cleaner fuel while still carrying heavy fuel oil onboard doesn’t address the concerns about the long-term impact of a spill of this thick, tar-like oil in this fragile region.
A groundbreaking new interactive map released today by the international Clean Up Carnival coalition shows that nearly half of Carnival Corporation cruise ships traveling through the Arctic and Subarctic pass near or through critical habitats for marine mammals including orca, walrus, and bowhead, narwhal, and beluga whales.
Cruise lines like Carnival must do their part to protect the environment we all share, and that means phasing out dangerous, polluting heavy fuel oil.
Deliberate pollution is completely unacceptable and we continue to call on the cruise industry to be transparent and clean up its act.
Disney Cruise Lines was the sole cruise line this year to earn an “A” for transparency by responding to information requests. Every other line, like the year before, refused to confirm its current environmental technologies, resulting in failing grades for transparency.
"It's time for cruise lines, particularly Carnival, to stop using our oceans as a toilet," said Marcie Keever, Oceans and Vessels program director for Friends of the Earth.
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By working to stifle the Cruise Ship Report Card, the industry attempted to shield itself from continued scrutiny of its environmental practices, and obscure data from conscientious consumers who would make different choices based on how a cruise ship or line performs on the report card.
Though six cruise lines improved their rankings from 2010 and no lines lost ground, air pollution reduction remains an enormous oversight in the cruise industry. Ten of the 15 lines reviewed received an 'F' in that category. Of those six, only Disney and Princess Cruises had any significant improvement.