Cunard Cruise Line - Final Grade: "D"

Cunard Cruise Line was originally founded in 1840. An American-owned, British-operated shipping company, Cunard is headquartered in California, and is a subsidiary of Carnival Corp., which controls almost 50 percent of the worldwide cruise ship market. Of Cunard’s small fleet of three ships, the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Victoria, and the Queen Elizabeth have 4,343, 3,534 and 3,064 passenger and crew carrying capacities, respectively.

All three of Cunard’s cruise 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, 0 percent of Cunard’s ships that dock at a port with shoreside power are plug-in capable, giving the company an F in this category. No Cunard ships traveled to Alaska between 2010 and 2013.

Cunard Cruise Line - Cruise Ship Fleet

Ship Name Total Persons on Board Destinations Sewage Treatment Air Pollution Reduction Water Quality Compliance Final Ship Grade
Queen Victoria 3534 Central America, Europe, Hawaii, Mediterranean, Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, Arctic, Caribbean, South America, U.S. East Coast, U.S. West Coast A F N/A C-
Queen Mary 2 4343 Africa, Australia, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, India, Mediterranean, U.S. East Coast, Asia, Arctic, Central America, Middle East, Southeast Asia A F N/A C-
Queen Elizabeth 3064 Caribbean, Central America, Europe, U.S. East Coast, Arctic, Asia, Australia, Hawaii, India, Mediterranean, Middle East, New Zealand, South Pacific, Southeast Asia, U.S. West Coast 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.