Carnival Cruise Line has announced its ongoing commitment to the environment and detailed what’s being eliminated across the entire fleet.
Carnival Environmental Changes
The environmental impact of a Carnival cruise ship has become a hot topic of late including all sister cruise lines owned by Carnival Corporation. The cruise line has detailed what’s being done across the fleet to lower the impact and the changes being made. Some we already know about and some will be implemented by the end of the year.
In a letter to guests, the cruise line mentioned: “we are making a concentrated effort to enhance our sustainability practices so we can achieve our goal to being the environmental leaders you expect us to be.”
The cruise line is making some major changes on its ships over the next few months and some of the changes may have already been noticed on a recent cruise.
Here are some of the changes happening this year which the cruise line noted:
- Eliminating most individual servings like foil-wrapped butter pats, condiments, salad dressing, cereal boxes, and sugar.
- Eliminating various decorative items used in food/beverage services, such as steak temperature markers, toothpicks, umbrellas, stir sticks and olive picks.
- Eliminating the distribution of all drinking straws, with the exception of frozen drinks, which will be served with an edible straw; wooden coffee stirrers will be replaced with stainless stirrers which can be sanitized and reused.
- All beverages will be served in glass or reusable plastic tumblers, all to-go hot beverages will be served in paper cups with paper lids.
- Shampoo and body wash will be distributed in pumps in all staterooms, suites and spa facilities.
- Plastic water bottles are currently recycled, but we are exploring various alternatives that could replace plastic bottles in the future.
Those are just some of the changes Carnival is making in 2019. The cruise line has mentioned that the changes are not to lower costs and that an increase in costs is needed to implement them.
This comes after after parent company Carnival Corporation came to a settlement on June 3 to pay a $20 million fine for breaking its five year probation. The company needs to make some major changes and introduce new procedure to bring its environmental impact inline. The Federal judge in the case did threaten to block Carnival owned ships from docking at U.S. ports but now this won;t be happening.