Celebrity Cruises - Final Grade: "D+"
Celebrity Cruises was founded in 1989. Headquartered in
Through its parent company RCCL, Celebrity made a public commitment in 2004 to install advanced sewage treatment systems on its entire fleet of cruise ships by 2008, and now 100 percent of its 10 ships have installed advanced sewage treatment systems, resulting in an A for the company’s sewage treatment score. None of Celebrity’s ships are plug-in capable; however, five Celebrity ships have scrubbers and four of those burn fuel worldwide with a sulfur content that is lower than what is required internationally or in Emission Control Areas, earning the company a D+ in the air pollution reduction category. While Celebrity operated four 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 and giving Celebrity an ‘N/A’ for water quality compliance in Alaska.
Celebrity Cruises - Cruise Ship Fleet
|Ship Name||Total Persons on Board||Destinations||Sewage Treatment||Air Pollution Reduction||Water Quality Compliance||Final Ship Grade|
|Celebrity Constellation||3169||Mediterranean, Asia, India, Middle East, Southeast Asia||A||A||N/A||A|
|Celebrity Eclipse||4096||Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, U.S. East Coast, Arctic, Mexico, South America||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Celebrity Equinox||4096||Caribbean, Central America, Mediterranean, Mexico, U.S. East Coast, Africa, Middle East, South America||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Celebrity Infinity||3169||Antarctic, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, South America, U.S. East Coast, U.S. West Coast, Alaska||A||A||N/A||A|
|Celebrity Millennium||3367||Alaska, Canada, Central America, Mexico, U.S. West Coast, Asia, Australia, Hawaii, South Pacific, Southeast Asia, U.S. East Coast||A||A||N/A||A|
|Celebrity Solstice||4096||Alaska, Australia, Canada, Hawaii, New Zealand, South Pacific, U.S. West Coast, Southeast Asia||A||C||N/A||B+|
|Celebrity Summit||3157||Canada, Caribbean, U.S. East Coast||A||A||N/A||A|
|Celebrity Xpedition||162||South America||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Celebrity Reflection||4486||Caribbean, Mediterranean, U.S. East Coast, Mexico||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Celebrity Silhouette||4132||Europe, Mediterranean, U.S. East Coast, Africa, Arctic, Mexico, Middle East||A||F||N/A||C-|
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.