Holland America Line - Final Grade: "C"
Holland America Line (HAL) was originally founded in 1873 as the Dutch-America Steamship Company. Headquartered in Washington State, HAL is a subsidiary of Carnival Corp. HAL’s fleet of 15 cruise ships carries more than 700,000 cruise passengers each year. HAL’s six newest ships have a capacity of over 3,300 passengers and crew, including HAL’s newest ship, the Nieuw Amsterdam.
Of HAL’s 15 ships, 12 have installed advanced sewage treatment systems, resulting in a grade of B+ for the company’s 80 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, six of Holland’s ships that dock at a port with shoreside power are plug-in capable, giving the company a C- in this category (one of the ships HAL has equipped with shoreside power hookups, the Zuiderdam, is not being sent to a port where shoreside power is offered, so for purposes of determining HAL’s air pollution reduction grade, this ship was only given half credit). Between 2010 and 2013, nine Holland ships traveled to Alaska and Alaskan authorities cited four ships with 24 violations of state water pollution standards, giving Holland a 96 percent for water quality compliance in Alaska, or an A.
Holland America Line - Cruise Ship Fleet
|Ship Name||Total Persons on Board||Destinations||Sewage Treatment||Air Pollution Reduction||Water Quality Compliance||Final Ship Grade|
|Oosterdam||3321||Alaska, U.S. West Coast, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Hawaii, South Pacific||A||A||N/A||A|
|Westerdam||3321||Caribbean, Central America, U.S. West Coast, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, U.S. East Coast||A||A||N/A||A|
|Zuiderdam||3319||Alaska, Caribbean, Central America, U.S. West Coast, Antarctic, Canada, Mexico, U.S. East Coast||A||C||N/A||B+|
|Noordam||3306||Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, U.S. East Coast||A||A||N/A||A|
|Ryndam||2203||Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, U.S. East Coast, Arctic, Central America, Mexico||A||F||B+||C|
|Statendam||2205||Alaska, Central America, South America, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, South Pacific, U.S. West Coast||A||F||A||C+|
|Veendam||2295||Caribbean, U.S. East Coast, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, Hawaii, U.S. West Coast||A||A||N/A||A|
|Volendam||2452||Alaska, Australia, Asia, U.S. West Coast, Canada, Hawaii, India, South Pacific, Southeast Asia||A||F||A||C+|
|Amsterdam||2387||Alaska, Australia, Caribbean, Central America, Southeast Asia, Africa, Asia, Canada, Hawaii, Mexico, South America, South Pacific, U.S. East Coast, U.S. West Coast||F||A||N/A||C-|
|Zaandam||2452||Alaska, Mexico, U.S. West Coast, South America, Antarctic, Canada, Central America, U.S. East Coast||A||F||A||C+|
|Eurodam||3662||Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, U.S. East Coast, Arctic||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Maasdam||2201||Canada, Caribbean, Europe, South America, U.S. East Coast, Central America||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Prinsendam||1380||Antarctic, Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, South America, U.S. East Coast, Africa, Arctic, Central America||F||F||N/A||F|
|Rotterdam||2426||Europe, Mediterranean, Arctic, India, South Pacific, Southeast Asia||F||F||N/A||F|
|Nieuw Amsterdam||3666||Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, U.S. East Coast, Mexico||A||F||N/A||C-|
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.