Monday, October 22, 2007

Eco Cruising

Eco tourism is becoming a catch all lately when it comes to cruising. You can find articles almost weekly about it and its a good thing. Getting the word out is the first step in making sure we all do our part in protecting the environment. What many people don't know is how much effort the cruise industry has been putting into trying to become as Eco friendly as possible. Ships no longer just dump their trash while cruising along at 17 knots out in the Ocean, and high standards are consistently being raised even higher. A recent example of the changes is Holland American Line's recently upgrading the laundry facilities on its ships to change from a chemical based dry cleaning system to a wet clean system that is more environmentally friendly. The changes and upgrades are two fold for the cruise lines as well. Not only in helping decrease pollution, but also make for better and cleaner ships for the passengers on board. The cruise industry has come a long way since the late 90s when Royal Caribbean was heavily fined for its actions, and still has a long way to go, but they are moving in the right direction.

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