Cruise Sustainability Initiatives


Responsible tourism continues to be at the forefront of travel, and the cruise industry is already finding solutions to improve sustainability. With an ambitious goal of net carbon neutrality by 2050, CLIA cruise line members seek to make significant impacts with projects including:

  • Advanced Recycling Protocols
  • Waste to Energy Initiatives
  • Energy Efficient Ship Designs
  • Supply Chain Sustainability Programs
  • Reverse Osmosis Filtration Systems
  • Pursuit of Alternative Fuels

Read on to learn more about how several of our cruise partners are advancing responsible tourism.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises developed Eco-Connect tours with a focus on destination immersion.

On an Eco-Connect tour, guests take a deep dive into conservation by engaging with local groups and businesses to learn about sustainable projects within the region. Travelers can enjoy a variety of experiences with 150 tour choices worldwide.

Excursions include sampling organic wine in Bordeaux, admiring the local flora and fauna in Vietnam, and touring innovative energy projects in Iceland.

These enriching opportunities are available in Africa, Alaska, Asia, Australia, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Northern Europe, and South America.

Silversea Cruises

Expected to sail in summer 2023, the Silver Nova will be the first hybrid, luxury cruise ship free of local emissions at port. This vessel is part of a new build project known as Project Evolution and is the first in Silversea’s future line of Nova class ships.

The Nova Class ships will feature a micro auto gasification system and an EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) rating approximately 25 percent higher than applicable IMO (International Maritime Organization) requirements.

The ship will be able to plug into onshore energy supplies when in port, cutting onboard local emissions to zero.

Hurtigruten Expeditions

Green travel has always been of considerable importance for Hurtigruten, and they continue to pursue ways for more sustainable exploration.

The MS Otto Sverdrup, which began sailing late last year, is the third battery-hybrid powered ship introduced by the cruise line.

With these initiatives and others, “green cruising” will continue to be the wave of the future.

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