Royal Caribbean pledges to abolish all single-use plastic - February 2018
GoCruise – Royal Caribbean – 05/02/18
One of the hot issues doing the rounds at the moment is the requirement to cut down on materials that are only used once and simply disposed of immediately after. Many of these materials can take decades to decompose naturally and will ultimately have a long-lasting impact on the environment. Waste products such as straws and drinks bottles are often then be washed into the sea and can have a long-lasting negative impact on marine ecosystems.
Royal Caribbean is one of the largest cruise lines in the world, renowned for offering family-friendly cruising experience aboard each of their 24 vessels, which rises to 38 when you include those from Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises. Last week, the cruise company announced bold plans to lead the industry in a direction which will see all single-use plastics abolished on board.
A newly established ‘Plastics Team’ will play a large role in helping to reduce the overall amount of waste. No timeline has been established as of yet, although it is thought that a clearer plan could be in place before the end of year. It has, however, been outlined that there will be three areas that the company is looking to improve upon with regards to plastic waste.
In addition to single-use plastic consumed by passengers, the use of plastic will also be cut down within the operations side of the business, with chairs, bags, staff belts and shoes all being taken into consideration. Furthermore, the supply chain for all goods made available on board Royal Caribbean ships will also be reviewed.
Staff members from the safety, environmental and health departments will all make up the plastics team, which looks set to be renamed in the coming months. The move comes ahead of Independence of the Seas’ return to Southampton for the 2018 summer season.
Prior to her arrival, she will receive an extensive refit which will see a number of exciting new features added on board. These will include a virtual reality bungee trampoline park, a series of colourful water slides, a blistering laser tag arena, and a mind-boggling escape room. There will also be a number of new bars and restaurants including a sports bar and the line’s first dedicated fish and chips outlet, known as Fish and Ships.
When it comes to family cruising, there are few lines that offer the same level of innovation on board their ships. Each vessel is filled to the brim with things to do and places to relax on board, with contemporary amenities, glittering theatres, gourmet dining venues and much more.