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Cruise Line Takes Sustainability From Sea To Shore, Wins Award
Encouraging green travel, STI awards certification for businesses that are engaged in responsible travel practices that focus on economic, socio-cultural and environmental sustainability.
CocoCay is the first operation of its kind to receive the certification, which rates on-island tours, island operations, workplace practices, guest communications and environmental management policies. Rated by an expert third-party, independent of Sustainable Travel International and Royal Caribbean, the CocoCay operation demonstrated an ability to successfully apply its at-sea sustainability initiatives to its on-shore operations.
"Royal Caribbean developed a very thorough, attainable action plan, designed to implement higher levels of sustainability over time," said Robert Chappell, Sustainable Travel International's Senior Director of Standards and Certification in a press release.
Will more cruise lines follow Royal Caribbean and work to get their own private islands certified green and sustainable? Probably. Other cruise lines as well have been working to make a green impact. By recycling cooking oil used on ships as fuel for vehicles on Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line is making a difference.
Princess Cruises shore power program made history debuting in environmentally sensitive Juneau, Alaska, in 2001, expanding to Seattle in 2005, and then to Vancouver in 2009. Currently nine of the line's ships have the capability to "plug in" to a shore-side power source, representing an investment for Princess of nearly $7 million in equipment.
"I'm excited to see them expand their action plan while developing innovative new solutions that are leading the way in the cruise industry," added Chappell.
STEP is among the first global standards to be formally recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and Royal Caribbean's CocoCay is the first cruise line private island to receive the certification.
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