Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, the parent company of NCL, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises has announced that all plastic straws will be eliminated across the fleet, while other single-use plastics will also be reduced.
The plan to eliminate single-use plastic straws across its fleet of 26 ships and two island destinations, Great Stirrup Cay and Harvest Caye, is being carried out in partnership with the Ocean Conservancy.
The cruise company is already a member of Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Alliance.
It is hoped that the elimination of single-use plastic straws will prevent more than 50 million plastic straws being thrown away on-board its ships each year.
This move is part of a broader effort being made by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to reduce its environmental impact. The cruise company is already increasing sustainable sourcing, minimising waste to landfills, investing in emerging technologies and reducing CO2 emissions.
“Eliminating single-use plastic straws across our global fleet and island destinations builds on our global environmental program ‘Sail & Sustain’ and further reduces our environmental footprint,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
“As a member of the Trash Free Seas Alliance, we are committed to doing our part to protect the world’s oceans for future generations to enjoy,” he added.
“We commend Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings for this important step to reduce single-use plastics,” said Janis Searles Jones, CEO of Ocean Conservancy. “Plastic straws are just a fraction of the plastic in the ocean, but they are always among the top ten items collected during Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup and can be deadly to ocean wildlife, which is why we have long urged our supporters to skip the straw when they can.”
Founded in 2012, the Trash Free Seas Alliance brings together thought leaders from industry, conservation and academia to create a forum for pragmatic, real-world collaboration focused on the measurable reduction of ocean trash.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ global environmental program, ‘Sail & Sustain’, reflects the Company’s mission of providing truly exceptional cruise vacation experiences for all of its guests while minimizing its impact on the environment.