Seabourn Cruise Line - Final Grade: "C-"

Seabourn Cruise Line was founded in 1986. Headquartered in Washington State, Seabourn describes itself as a luxury cruise line that operates six cruise ships worldwide. Seabourn is a subsidiary of Carnival Corp., which controls almost 50 percent of the worldwide cruise ship market. The Seabourn fleet consists of smaller ships with carrying capacities between 370 and 780 passengers and crew.

All of Seabourn’s six ships have installed advanced sewage treatment systems, resulting in a grade of A for the company’s 100 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, none of Seabourn’s ships that dock at a port with shoreside power are plug-in capable, giving the company an F in this category. No Seabourn ships traveled to Alaska in 2010, 2011 or 2012. 

Seabourn Cruise Line - Cruise Ship Fleet

Ship Name Total Persons on Board Destinations Sewage Treatment Air Pollution Reduction Water Quality Compliance Final Ship Grade
Legend 372 India, Mediterranean, Middle East, Southeast Asia, Asia, Europe A F N/A C-
Odyssey 780 India, Mediterranean, Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand A F N/A C-
Pride 372 Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, U.S. East Coast, Arctic A F N/A C-
Quest 780 Antarctic, Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, South America, U.S. East Coast, Africa, Arctic A F N/A C-
Sojourn 780 Australia, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Hawaii, India, Mediterranean, Mexico, New Zealand, South Pacific, U.S. East Coast, U.S. West Coast, Arctic, Asia, Middle East, Southeast Asia A F N/A C-
Spirit 372 Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean A F N/A C-

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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.