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Sustainable Cruise Travel Now First Port Of Call

As the travel industry attempts to reduce its environmental impact, sustainable cruise travel has become a priority for cruise companies. An April 2022 survey by The Vacationer found 78.28% of travelers would pay more for an environmentally friendly travel experience. Consumers already have tools to search for flights with the lowest carbon footprint. Governments are banning short haul air travel in favor of high-speed rail transportation.

The Robotron mechanical arm swings four passengers on a music-fueled thrill ride on top deck of MSC Seascape.
The Robotron mechanical arm tosses four passengers on a music-fueled thrill ride on Deck 18 of MSC Seascape. Note there is no Deck 17 because Italians consider 17 an unlucky number.

“I know that younger cruise travelers and potential ones are more interested/concerned about how cruise lines are helping our world, the planet,” Bill Miller, a maritime historian and author known as Mr. Ocean Liner, adds. In the year ahead, expect travel companies to attract new cruisers and save money by promoting sustainable cruise travel.

What is Sustainable Cruise Travel?

Expert Dr. Rachel Dodds recently published a guidebook on how families can make their own travels more sustainable. Sustainable cruise travel requires increasing energy efficiency, reducing emissions and improving ships’ wastewater treatment facilities.

It takes millions of dollars and years to design and build a cruise ship. Therefore, the structural changes required for sustainable cruising come slowly.

That’s why travelers are just beginning to experience the technologies which major cruise lines employ to promote sustainable cruise travel.

Carnival Pioneers LNG for Sustainable Cruise Travel

Two men ride Bolt Coaster on deck of Carnival Mardi Gras ship while moored at Atlantis, Bahamas.
The BOLT coaster towers over the deck of the Carnival Mardi Gras. Photo by Mike Peck.

Twenty-four ships make Carnival’s fleet one of the largest and most affordable at sea. Over the company’s 50 years of operation, Carnival Cruise Lines has pioneered many technologies.

Several innovations are designed for families because Carnival carries more passengers under age 18 than any

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Cruises could be this summer’s cheapest travel option with itineraries going for as low as $29 a day

The Princess Sky cruise ship in Montenegro.

Princess Cruises

  • Taking a cruise could be your cheapest vacation option amid a summer of expensive and chaotic travel.

  • There are currently 45 cruises sailing for $50 a day or less through 2022.

  • Cruise Sheet has seen a 17% drop in average cruise fares compared to the same time in 2019.

Vacationing this summer has already shaped up to be “hellish” and expensive. Airlines have canceled thousands of flights, gas prices have soared to record highs, and some hotel rates have climbed past pre-pandemic levels.

But amid these skyrocketing prices, chaotic travel stories, and inflation, there’s one glimmer of hope for budget travelers still looking for a relaxing getaway this year: cruises, many of which are sailing for under $100 a day.

A flurry of last-minute vacations at such discounted rates probably sounds too good to be true. And during most other circumstances, it is. Travelers often book their cruise trips at least a year in advance. But this time last year, the cruise industry and eager cruise goers were still cruise-lines-floridas-vaccine-passport-ban-workaround-causes-unvaccinated-difficulties-2021-7?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=yahoo.com” data-ylk=”slk:battling continually changing restrictions and sailing protocols” class=”link “battling continually changing restrictions and sailing protocols amid COVID-19.

In the last few months as travel and vaccine restrictions have eased, many cruise lines have begun increasing guest capacity and bringing their fleets back into operation for 2022 sailings. And because these companies haven’t had the “normal amount of time” to sell cabins, cruise lines are now discounting their itineraries to entice travelers, Tynan Smith, the founder of cheap cruise aggregator Cruise Sheet, told Insider.

Cruise Sheet has seen a 17% drop in average cruise fares from June 1 to July 13 compared to the same time in 2019. “These aren’t the absolute lowest prices I’ve seen, but there are [now] more low prices

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