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How we work with the environment

By JoMonday 18th December 2017

We rely on our planet to make our cruises as magical as possible. From the sparkling oceans, to the climate; Mother Nature plays an important role. So, how do we repay her, and work to reduce our environmental impact?
Being environmentally-conscious is more than a box to be ticked for us, it's an all-consuming passion.

Interview with Rhapsody's environmental officer

We spoke to Fabiana Fronterotta, the environmental officer for Rhapsody of the Seas®, to find out more about the different steps taken to ensure Rhapsody doesn't damage the environment. Fabiana explained that the role of the environmental officer first and foremost, is to protect the oceans we sail on through sustainable development, so we can ensure later generations can enjoy the waters as we have. We want to be sure that it isn't just our environmental officers that are dedicated to keeping our ships green and clean, but the rest of the crew and guests as well. That is why Fabiana holds training sessions with the crew, and interacts with the guests to help them understand how they can be more environmentally friendly. Onboard our ships, like Rhapsody, our environmental officers work on reducing our greenhouse footprint, and the amount of waste that occurs during a cruise. Of course, being an environmental officer onboard such a large ship doesn't come without its complications. Each destination has its own rules and regulations that must be adhered to, so Fabiana has to adapt our own strict guidelines to fit each port, which can be tricky. At Royal Caribbean, we are always looking forward, so we of course asked Fabiana what she thought the future looked like for us, and for the environment. She said that new technology, and the constant improvement of our own regulations will keep us ahead of the game, and help us make even more positive changes.

Save The Waves

We have been committed to protecting our oceans for twenty years, and have created the Save The Waves programme to help us achieve our environmental goals. We work with University of Miami, World Wildlife Fund, PADF and more to help strengthen our policies, and the marine environment. The Save The Waves programme is comprised of four key principles: Go above and beyond compliance (ABC):
This is the heart of our environmental policy. Whatever the regulations are for cruise ships, we want to go above and beyond. We aim to always be first in class for our environmental progress, and constantly striving for better is the best way to achieve that. Reduce, reuse, recycle:
This is something that we are sure you do every day at home. Recycling and reducing the amount of waste we use is an important part of our environmental policy. We endeavour to limit the waste on our ships, and dispose of it ethically. Practice pollution prevention:
We will never, ever throw any waste overboard. It is forbidden, and one of our strictest rules onboard. Continuous improvement:
Just as we continually improve our ships to make them the best at sea, we also recurrently improve our environmental policies.

How we work to be more energy efficient

The lion's share of our energy onboard actually goes to the engine, and getting our ship across the water. So, this is where we focus our aim to lower emissions. By investing in emission abatement technology, we are able to reduce our greenhouse gas footprint, without compromising the speed or journey. We have also installed solar panels on our newest ships, and created a system where air bubbles are formed at the hull, which reduces drag and saves energy.
We hope that you feel more informed about our environmental practices now. Bringing you to amazing destinations, and protecting our planet are what we are passionate about.

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