Oceania Cruises - Final Grade: "D-"

Oceania Cruises was founded in 2002. Headquartered in Florida, Oceania operates five cruise ships and is owned by Apollo Management, which also owns 50 percent of Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Of Oceania’s five ships, three have installed advanced sewage treatment systems, resulting in a grade of C for the company’s 60 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 Oceania’s ships that dock at a port with shoreside power are plug-in capable, giving the company an F in this category. The MS Regatta, Oceania’s sole cruise ship operating in Alaska in 2011 and 2013, received eight citations for water quality violations from Alaskan authorities, giving Oceania an 64 percent, or a C+, for water quality compliance in Alaska.

Oceania Cruises - Cruise Ship Fleet

Ship Name Total Persons on Board Destinations Sewage Treatment Air Pollution Reduction Water Quality Compliance Final Ship Grade
MS Regatta 1084 Alaska, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, South America, U.S. East Coast, U.S. West Coast, Mexico A F C+ C
MS Nautica 1084 Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, Africa, Arctic, India, Middle East, Southeast Asia F F N/A F
MS Marina 2058 Australia, Central America, Europe, Mediterranean, New Zealand, U.S. East Coast, Africa, Arctic, Canada, Mexico, South America, South Pacific A F N/A C-
MS Riviera 2050 Caribbean, Central America, Mediterranean, U.S. East Coast, Europe, Mexico A F N/A C-
MS Insignia 1084 Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Mediterranean, New Zealand, South America, U.S. East Coast, U.S. West Coast 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.