Royal Caribbean Int'l - Final Grade: "D"
Royal Caribbean International (Royal Caribbean) was founded in 1997. A Norwegian/American company with headquarters in
In 2004, Royal Caribbean made a public commitment through its parent company RCCL to install advanced sewage treatment systems on all of its cruise ships by 2008. Of Royal Caribbean’s 25 cruise ships, 24 have installed advanced sewage treatment systems, resulting in a grade of A for the company’s sewage treatment score. Royal Caribbean has installed scrubbers on approximately half of its fleet and, though none of Royal Caribbean’s ships that dock at a port with shoreside power are plug-in capable, four of Royal’s ships burn fuel worldwide with a sulfur content that is lower than what is required internationally or in Emission Control Areas. RCI receives a D for air quality reduction. While Royal Caribbean operated two ships in Alaska from 2010 to 2014, 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 Int'l - 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||3360||Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, Arctic, Canada, Central America, U.S. East Coast||A||A||N/A||A|
|Allure of the Seas||8794||Caribbean, Mexico, U.S. East Coast||A||C||N/A||B+|
|Brilliance of the Seas||3391||Canada, Caribbean, U.S. East Coast, Mexico, Mediterranean||A||A||N/A||A|
|Enchantment of the Seas||3582||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Freedom of the Seas||5875||Caribbean, Mexico, U.S. East Coast, Africa, Europe, Mediterranean||A||C||N/A||B+|
|Independence of the Seas||5735||Caribbean, Europe, U.S. East Coast||A||C||N/A||B+|
|Jewel of the Seas||3361||Caribbean, Mediterranean, U.S. East Coast||A||A||N/A||A|
|Liberty of the Seas||6320||Caribbean, Europe, Central America, Mexico||A||C||N/A||B+|
|Oasis of the Seas||8754||Caribbean, Mexico, U.S. East Coast||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Radiance of the Seas||3360||Australia, Hawaii, New Zealand, South Pacific||A||A||N/A||A|
|Adventure of the Seas||4992||Caribbean||A||C||N/A||B+|
|Explorer of the Seas||5475||Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, U.S. West Coast||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Grandeur of the Seas||3200||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast, Canada||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Legend of the Seas||2800||Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, Southeast Asia||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Majesty of the Seas||3679||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast||F||F||N/A||F|
|Mariner of the Seas||4992||Asia, Southeast Asia||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Navigator of the Seas||5203||Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, Africa, Arctic, U.S. East Coast||A||C||N/A||B+|
|Rhapsody of the Seas||3181||Canada, Africa, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Mediterranean, Mexico, U.S. East Coast||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Vision of the Seas||3256||Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Voyager of the Seas||5445||Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, Southeast Asia||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Quantum of the Seas||6405||Asia, India, Middle East, Southeast Asia, U.S. East Coast||A||C||N/A||B+|
|Anthem of the Seas||6405||Caribbean, Canada, Central America, Europe, Mediterranean, U.S. East Coast||A||C||N/A||B+|
|Empress of the Seas||2938||Caribbean, Mexico, U.S. East Coast||A||C||N/A||B+|
|Harmony of the Seas||8880||Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, Mexico, U.S. East Coast||A||C||N/A||B+|
|Ovation of the Seas||6405||Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, Southeast Asia||A||C||N/A||B+|
Grading methodology for the 2016 Cruise Ship Report Card
Friends of the Earth’s Cruise Ship Report Card ranks 17 major cruise lines and 171 cruise ships -- Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Fathom, 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, we graded ships on whether they had installed scrubbers or were capable of plugging into shoreside power. Cruise ships that installed both technologies and docked in ports with shore power received an A, while ships that only installed scrubbers or only installed shore power capability but did not dock at ports with shoreside power were given a C. 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 notices of violation issued for individual cruise ships to each cruise line by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation from 2010 to 2014. Ships were given an ‘N/A’ if they traveled to
Alaskabut 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 2015 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.