Sustainable Tourism #cruisechat

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  1. John says:

    I wasn’t able to attend #Cruisechat, but scanning the conversation from Q1 onwards made for stimulating reading. Moves are being made to make cruise travel more sustainable. In fact with a different design of ship, it is possible to provide low carbon travel, but not in the wasteful format that most ships use today.
    I’m sure some cruise lines will offer cruises that have a low carbon footprint, but they will involve much smaller cabins using lightweight materials than is presently the case. The advantage to potential passengers being that it will be a cheaper product.
    In the mean time all sectors of travel, not just the cruise line fleets, need to be aware that the way to make the travel industry sustainable is not by selling “green” or “eco” products and in doing so encourage more consumption. The answer lies in providing truthful information on the ecological footprint of their travel options, not by making grand gestures that don’t contribute very little to the overall picture, but make the consumer feel good. This approach tends to prevent the consumer taking responsibility for their own consumption.

  2. crociereuk says:

    Its a shame you missed the #cruisechat it was great!

    I think with the increase in oil prices, cruise lines, like car manufacturers will see the benefits of moving to a more environmentally friendly business model.

    The river cruise lines, such as Viking seem to be further ahead than the ocean going lines, this is likely due to the smaller costs associated with a river cruise vessel, they can afford to be more experimental.

    Cruise Lines like Windstar are limited to developing the ships they have, however a new build will likely achieve much more significant environmental reductions.

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