Royal Caribbean International - Final Grade: "D+"
Royal Caribbean International (Royal Caribbean) was founded in 1997. A Norwegian/American company with headquarters in Miami, Florida, Royal Caribbean is a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited (RCCL). Royal Caribbean’s fleet totals 22 cruise ships, including the two largest cruise ships ever built, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. Launched in December 2009, Oasis of the Seas is the size of a small town, accommodating more than 6,300 passengers and 1,800 crew members. Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, which launched in December 2010, is larger than Oasis by two inches, giving it the infamous distinction of being the largest cruise ship on the planet. Over half of Royal Caribbean’s cruise ships were built in the last decade, and 10 ships have a carrying capacity of more than 5,000 passengers and crew.
In 2004, Royal Caribbean, through its parent company RCCL, made a public commitment to install advanced sewage treatment systems on all of its cruise ships by 2008. Of Royal Caribbean’s 22 cruise ships, 19 have installed advanced sewage treatment systems, resulting in a grade of A- for the company’s 86 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. In total, 0 percent of Royal Caribbean’s ships that dock at a port with shoreside power are plug-in capable, giving the company an F in this category. While Royal Caribbean operated two ships with advanced sewage treatment systems in Alaska in 2010, it chose to discharge sewage from those ships outside of Alaskan waters, thereby avoiding Alaska’s strong water quality standards, giving it an ‘N/A’ for water quality compliance in Alaska.
Royal Caribbean International - Cruise Ship Fleet
|Ship Name||Total Persons on Board||Destinations||Sewage Treatment||Air Pollution Reduction||Water Quality Compliance||Final Ship Grade|
|Serenade of the Seas||3381||Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, U.S. East Coast||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Allure of the Seas||8461||Caribbean||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Brilliance of the Seas||3349||Europe, Canada, Caribbean, New England, U.S. East Coast||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Enchantment of the Seas||3570||Canada, Caribbean, New England, U.S. East Coast||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Freedom of the Seas||5735||Caribbean||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Independence of the Seas||5760||Caribbean, Europe, U.S. East Coast||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Jewel of the Seas||3360||Canada, Caribbean, Europe, New England, U.S. East Coast||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Liberty of the Seas||5735||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast, Europe||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Oasis of the Seas||8100||Caribbean||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Radiance of the Seas||3358||Alaska, Australia, Hawaii, New Zealand||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Adventure of the Seas||5020||Caribbean, Europe, U.S. East Coast||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Explorer of the Seas||5020||Canada, Caribbean, New England, U.S. East Coast||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Grandeur of the Seas||3206||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast, Canada, Europe, New England||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Legend of the Seas||2800||Asia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, U.S. East Coast||F||F||N/A||F|
|Majesty of the Seas||3656||Caribbean||F||F||N/A||F|
|Mariner of the Seas||5020||Canada, Europe, U.S. East Coast||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Monarch of the Seas||3600||Caribbean||F||F||N/A||F|
|Navigator of the Seas||5020||Caribbean, Europe, U.S. East Coast||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Rhapsody of the Seas||3200||Alaska, Australia, Hawaii, New Zealand||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Splendour of the Seas||2794||Europe, South America, U.S. East Coast||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Vision of the Seas||3177||Europe, Caribbean, Central America, U.S. East Coast||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Voyager of the Seas||5014||Asia, Australia, New Zealand||A||F||N/A||C-|
Grading methodology for the 2012 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.