From recycling to fuel consumption, here’s how the industry is doing its part.

  1. Cruise ships recycle 60 percent more waste per person than the average person does on land.
  2. Many cruise ships recycle or reuse almost 100 percent of waste generated onboard, through recycling, donating and converting waste into energy.
  3. The industry recycles more than 80,000 tons of plastic, aluminium and glass every year.
  4. The industry invests in researching ways it can reduce the quantity of plastic initially brought onboard via sourcing and product choices.
  5. 111 cruise ships have been fitted with exhaust gas cleaning systems, with another 42 due to be retrofitted and a further 27 new-build ships to adopt them.
  6. More than one third of new-build cruise ships in the pipeline will operate on LNG as their primary propulsion fuel.
  7. Condensation from air-conditioning units is often reclaimed and reused to wash the decks, saving millions of litres of water every year.
  8. Conservation of the Great Barrier Reef is partly paid for by cruise passengers.
  9. The Environmental Management Charge is paid by every cruise passenger transiting through the Marine Park and the funds are vitally important to the day-today management of the Marine Park and the funding of conservation.
  10. Stretching 2,300km, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef as one of the world’s best managed marine areas and tourism experiences.