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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings chalks up sustainability milestones

The company’s annual report into its environmental initiatives has yielded some impressive results, writes MATT LENNON.

Half of the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) fleet is now equipped to plug into shore power in ports offering the facility and is on track to hit 70% by next year.

The environmental milestone was one of several achievements in its 2023 Sail & Sustain Report, which details progress in making Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises more sustainable.

Wider testing of sustainable biodiesel blends saw the NCLH group take a greater step toward its net-zero ambition by 2050, with tests expanding to 20% of the fleet and a goal to expand this to 40% in 2024.

NCLH said it continues to measure its Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions, which relate respectively to shipboard, shoreside and value chain emissions.

These levels were reported to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and earning the line a score of ‘B’, higher than the marine industry average.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO, Harry Sommer, said the company’s commitment to sustainability drives it to higher standards of operational excellence.

“We understand that the success of our business is inextricably linked to the health of our planet and communities, and that’s why we are dedicated to holistically integrating sustainability into our business strategy,” Sommer commented.

In 2023, the company also continued its humanitarian and charitable endeavours, donating nearly US$1.6 million to a variety of causes.

These included disaster recovery efforts relating to the Maui wildfires, with Hawaii a year-round destination for NCL’s Pride of America.

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