P&O Cruises - Final Grade: "F"

P&O Cruises is a British-American owned cruise line based in England. P&O is a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation, which controls almost 50 percent of the worldwide cruise ship market. P&O Cruises is the oldest cruise line in the world, having operated the first passenger ships in the early 19th century. P&O currently operates seven cruise ships and its newest ship, the Adonia (formerly the Royal Princess), was transferred from Princess Cruises in 2011.

Of P&O’s seven ships, two have installed advanced sewage treatment systems, resulting in a grade of D- for the company’s 29 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 facilities (thereby avoiding burning dirty fuel in port) were considered. In total, none of P&O’s ships that dock at a port with shoreside power are plug-in capable, giving the company an F in this category. One P&O ship traveled to Alaska for a single voyage in 2011 but 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.

P&O Cruises - Cruise Ship Fleet

Ship Name Total Persons on Board Destinations Sewage Treatment Air Pollution Reduction Water Quality Compliance Final Ship Grade
Adonia 1207 Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, Arctic, Asia, India, Southeast Asia A F N/A C-
Arcadia 3364 Australia, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, South Pacific, U.S. East Coast, U.S. West Coast, Arctic, Central America, India, Middle East, New Zealand, Southeast Asia A F N/A C-
Aurora 2800 Australia, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, India, Mediterranean, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, U.S. East Coast, U.S. West Coast, Africa, Arctic, Asia, Hawaii, South Pacific F F N/A F
Azura 4322 Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, Arctic F F N/A F
Oceana 3161 Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, Arctic F F N/A F
Oriana 2722 Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, Arctic F F N/A F
Ventura 4442 Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean F F N/A F

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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.