Norwegian Cruise Lines - Final Grade: "B-"
Norwegian Cruise Lines was founded in 1966 as the Norwegian Caribbean Line. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, NCL controls eight percent of the worldwide market and, along with Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, is considered one of the “big three” corporations that dominate the U.S. cruise ship market. NCL has a relatively young fleet of cruise ships; all of the company’s 11 ships were built within the last 14 years, and over 70 percent of those have a carrying capacity of more than 3,000 passengers and crew. NCL’s two newest ships, the Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, each with over 5,500 passengers and crew, will launch in May 2013 and January 2014 respectively.
All of NCL’s 11 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, two of NCL’s ships that dock at a port with shoreside power are plug-in capable, giving the company a D- in this category (one of the ships HAL has equipped with shoreside power hookups, the Norwegian Epic is not being sent to ports where shoreside power is offered, so for purposes of determining NCL’s air pollution reduction grade, this ship was only given half credit.). In 2010, the Norwegian Pearl was cited by Alaskan authorities for three violations and the Norwegian Star was cited for one violation of Alaskan water pollution standards, giving NCL a 90 percent for water quality compliance in Alaska, or an A.
Norwegian Cruise Lines - Cruise Ship Fleet
|Ship Name||Total Persons on Board||Destinations||Sewage Treatment||Air Pollution Reduction||Water Quality Compliance||Final Ship Grade|
|Norwegian Star||3413||Alaska, U.S. West Coast, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Mexico, U.S. East Coast||A||A||A||A|
|Norwegian Sun||2852||Central America, Europe, Mexico, U.S. East Coast, Alaska, Caribbean, South Pacific, U.S. West Coast||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Norwegian Dawn||3290||New England, Canada, Caribbean||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Norwegian Epic||5936||Caribbean, Europe, U.S. East Coast||A||C||N/A||B+|
|Norwegian Gem||3899||Canada, Caribbean, New England||A||F||N/A||C-|
|Norwegian Pearl||3891||Alaska, U.S. West Coast, Caribbean, Central America, South Pacific||A||F||A-||C|
|Pride of America||3084||Hawaii||A||F||N/A||C-|
Grading methodology for the 2012 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.