Carnival Cruise Lines - Final Grade: "D"
Carnival Cruise Lines launched in March 1972. Headquartered in Florida, Carnival is a subsidiary of Carnival Corp., which controls almost 50 percent of the worldwide cruise ship market. Carnival has now surpassed Royal Caribbean with the largest number of cruise ships -- 24 -- in a single fleet, and all 24 ships have carrying capacities of 3,500 or more passengers and crew. Slightly less than half of Carnival’s ships were built in the last decade, with 12 of those ships having a carrying capacity of 4,400 or more passengers and crew.
Of Carnival’s 24 ships, only two -- the Carnival Spirit and Carnival Dream -- have installed advanced sewage treatment systems, resulting in a grade of F for the company’s eight percent sewage treatment score. In determining the air pollution reduction grade for each cruise line, only ships that dock at a port that currently has shoreside power (thereby avoiding burning dirty fuel in port) were considered. Carnival made a commitment in their 2009 Sustainability Report to install shoreside power capability to all ships that will home port at the Port of Long Beach by 2014. In total, two of the five Carnival ships that dock at a port with shoreside power are plug-in capable, giving the company a D in this category. Between 2010 and 2013, two Carnival ships traveled to Alaska and Alaskan authorities cited one of the ships with a total of four water quality violations, giving Carnival a 95 percent for water quality compliance in Alaska, or an A.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Cruise Ship Fleet
|Ship Name||Total Persons on Board||Destinations||Sewage Treatment||Air Pollution Reduction||Water Quality Compliance||Final Ship Grade|
|Carnival Spirit||3610||Australia, South Pacific||A||F||A||C+|
|Carnival Conquest||4916||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast, Central America, Mexico||F||F||N/A||F|
|Carnival Sunshine||4450||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast, Europe, Central America, Mediterranean, Mexico||F||F||N/A||F|
|Carnival Dream||6002||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast, Central America, Mexico||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Carnival Ecstasy||3564||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast, Mexico||F||F||N/A||F|
|Carnival Elation||3526||Caribbean, Mexico||F||F||N/A||F|
|Carnival Fantasy||3530||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast||F||F||N/A||F|
|Carnival Fascination||3560||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast||F||F||N/A||F|
|Carnival Freedom||4860||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast||F||F||N/A||F|
|Carnival Glory||4890||Canada, Caribbean, U.S. East Coast, Central America, Mexico||F||F||N/A||F|
|Carnival Imagination||3578||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast, Central America, Mexico, U.S. West Coast||F||F||N/A||F|
|Carnival Inspiration||3578||Mexico, U.S. West Coast||F||A||N/A||C-|
|Carnival Legend||3610||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast, Europe, Arctic, Australia, Canada, Central America, Mexico, South Pacific, U.S. West Coast||F||F||N/A||F|
|Carnival Liberty||4860||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast, Central America, Mexico||F||F||N/A||F|
|Carnival Miracle||3610||Mexico, Alaska, Canada, Hawaii, U.S. West Coast||F||A||N/A||C-|
|Carnival Paradise||3526||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast, Mexico||F||F||N/A||F|
|Carnival Pride||3610||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast||F||F||N/A||F|
|Carnival Sensation||3578||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast||F||F||N/A||F|
|Carnival Splendor||6074||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast||F||F||N/A||F|
|Carnival Triumph||4570||Caribbean, Mexico||F||F||N/A||F|
|Carnival Victory||4570||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast||F||F||N/A||F|
|Carnival Breeze||6000||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast||F||F||N/A||F|
|Carnival Magic||5059||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast, Central America, Mexico||F||F||N/A||F|
Grading methodology for the 2014 Cruise Ship Report Card
Friends of the Earth’s Cruise Ship Report Card ranks 16 major cruise lines and 167 cruise ships -- Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Oceania Cruises, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean Int’l, Seabourn Cruise Line and Silversea Cruises -- according to four environmental criteria: Sewage Treatment, Air Pollution Reduction, Water Quality Compliance and Transparency.
- To determine a cruise line’s Sewage Treatment grade, we compared the number of cruise ships in the cruise line that have installed advanced sewage treatment systems against the total number of ships in the cruise line.
- To determine the Air Pollution Reduction grade for each ship in a cruise line, only ships that dock at a port and plug in to available shoreside power hookups were graded. In addition, ships were given credit if they only utilize low sulfur fuels continuously at levels lower than required by international and U.S. law.
- To determine the Water Quality Compliance grade for ships operating in Alaska, we used 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 notices of violation issued for individual cruise ships to each cruise line by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Ships were given an "N/A" if they traveled to Alaska but avoided Alaska’s strong water quality standards by discharging outside of those protected waters.
- To determine the Transparency grade for each cruise line we graded each line based on whether it responded to our 2014 requests for information regarding their environmental practices.
- The grades for each of the four criteria were averaged to calculate the Final Grade for each cruise line.