Crystal Cruises has just received the 2019 Blue Circle Award by the Port of Vancouver. This recognition is part of the port’s EcoAction Program, which encourages efforts to conserve energy and reduce emissions in the Port of Vancouver.
According to the press statement, the awards are bestowed to cruise lines and other marine carriers who maintain the, highest standards of fuel, technology, and environmental management, voluntarily implementing emission reduction measures and other sustainable practices.
Crystal cruises sailed in the summer month in Alaska in 2019 aboard Crystal Symphony and is set to resume with Crystal Serenity in 2022.
“To be recognized by our shoreside port partners in Vancouver for environmental excellence is an honor, as this region of the world is particularly conscious of its precious natural resources and the delicate environmental balance that must be maintained,” said Tom Wolber, Crystal’s president and CEO. “We take our responsibility to explore this world with care very seriously and we are proud of the programs and measures we’ve implemented over the years, while we will always seek new ways to improve them.”
The environmental awards were also won by Crystal’s Ocean ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, from the ports of Stockholm, Venice and San Francisco. This year, Crystal River Cruises’ fleet received the Green Award certification for its exceptional environmental standards and efficient design features.
Crystal’s comprehensive sustainability program spans corporate and guest-facing areas alike, with measures including careful planning of itineraries to maximize fuel efficiency and utilizing low sulfur fuel; “You Care, We Care” voluntourism excursions for guests and crew; a food digester that eliminates food waste discharged at sea; the minimization of plastic bottles and containers whenever possible, plus a fleet- and company-wide ban on all plastic straws; meticulous sorting and recycling processes; and LED lighting throughout all ships.