Carnival Cruise Lines - Final Grade: "C-"

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, which operates in Alaska, 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 four Carnival ships that dock at a port with shoreside power are plug-in capable, giving the company a C- in this category. The Carnival Spirit, Carnival’s sole cruise ship operating in Alaska from 2010 to 2012, received four citations for water quality violations from Alaskan authorities, giving Carnival a 93 percent, or an A, for water quality compliance in Alaska

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 Valor 4936 Caribbean 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

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Grading methodology for the 2013 Cruise Ship Report Card

Friends of the Earth’s Cruise Ship Report Card ranks 15 major cruise lines and 148 cruise ships -- Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, 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 three environmental criteria: Sewage Treatment, Air Pollution Reduction, and Water Quality Compliance.

  • 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.
  • To determine the Water Quality Compliance grade for ships operating in Alaska, we used 2010 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.
  • The grades for each of the criteria were averaged to calculate the Final Grade for each cruise line.