As part of the EcoAction Program that encourages the reduction of carbon footprint and emissions beyond their requirements, the Port of Vancouver, in British Columbia, has recognised the enterprise Crystal Cruises with a 2019 Blue Circle Award. This award is given to Cruise lines and other marine carriers who maintain the highest standards in technology, fuel and environmental management while actively contributing to the minimization and elimination of carbon emissions and externalities created by the vessels.
Crystal Cruises has historically earned environmental awards from ports in Stockholm, Venice and San Francisco, and as of late, Vancouver is the highlight destination of Crystal’s Alaska voyages, which sailed during the summer season of 2019 aboard Crystal Symphony, and are set to resume with Crystal Serenity in 2022. The prestigious Blue Circle Award recognizes Crystal’s sustainability program that incorporates efficient use of fuel between destinations, a food digester that erases food waste discharged at sea; the minimization of plastic bottles and containers whenever possible, plus a fleet- and a company-wide ban on all plastic straws; meticulous sorting and recycling processes; and LED lighting throughout all ships.
Tom Wolber, the CEO of Crystal was grateful for the acknowledgements: “To be recognized by our shoreside port partners in Vancouver for environmental excellence is an honour, as this region of the world is particularly conscious of its precious natural resources and the delicate environmental balance that must be maintained.”