P&O Cruises - Final Grade: "F"
P&O Cruises is a British-American owned cruise line based in Southampton, 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 2009.
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. No P&O ships traveled to Alaska in 2010.
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, South America||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Arcadia||3364||Africa, Australia, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, South Pacific, U.S. East Coast, U.S. West Coast||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Aurora||2800||Alaska, Australia, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, East Asia, Europe, India, Mediterranean, Mexico, Middle East, New Zealand, North Africa, Southeast Asia, U.S. East Coast, U.S. West Coast||F||F||N/A||F|
|Azura||4322||Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean||F||F||N/A||F|
|Oceana||3161||Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East||F||F||N/A||F|
|Oriana||2722||Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East||F||F||N/A||F|
|Ventura||4442||Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean||F||F||N/A||F|
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.