Princess Cruises - Final Grade: "C"

Princess Cruises was founded in 1965 and was the first of today’s modern cruise lines to focus on the leisure travel market. Headquartered in California, Princess is a subsidiary of Carnival Corp., which controls almost 50 percent of the worldwide cruise ship market, and Princess currently operates 18 cruise ships. Launched in May 2014, the new Regal Princess is a 4,900-passenger and crew cruise ship that spans 330 meters in length (about three football fields), weighs over 140,000 gross tons, and is the second largest ship in the Princess fleet.

Of the 18 Princess cruise ships, 13 have installed advanced sewage treatment systems, resulting in a grade of B- for the company’s 72 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, 79 percent of Princess’ ships that dock at a port with shoreside power are plug-in capable, giving the company a B in this category (four of the ships Princess has equipped with shoreside power hookups, the Dawn Princess, Diamond Princess, Royal Princess and Sapphire Princess, are currently not being sent to ports where shoreside power is offered, so for purposes of determining Princess’ air pollution reduction grade, these ships were only given half credit). Princess has invested approximately $7 million to bring shoreside electrical technology to Juneau, Alaska, Seattle, Washington, Vancouver, British Columbia, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego in California and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Between 2010 and 2013, nine Princess ships traveled to Alaska and Alaskan authorities cited seven ships with 63 violations of state water pollution standards, giving Princess an 87 percent for water quality compliance in Alaska.

Princess Cruises - Cruise Ship Fleet

Ship Name Total Persons on Board Destinations Sewage Treatment Air Pollution Reduction Water Quality Compliance Final Ship Grade
Coral Princess 3486 Alaska, Central America, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, U.S. East Coast, U.S. West Coast A A A A
Sun Princess 3150 Australia, New Zealand, Asia, South Pacific, Southeast Asia A A N/A A
Diamond Princess 4386 Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Canada, Southeast Asia A C A A-
Dawn Princess 3150 Australia, Europe, India, New Zealand, Central America, Mediterranean, Middle East, South America, South Pacific, Southeast Asia, U.S. East Coast A C A A-
Golden Princess 4309 Alaska, Hawaii, South America, South Pacific, Canada, Central America, Mexico, U.S. West Coast A A A A
Star Princess 4309 Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, U.S. West Coast A A F B-
Island Princess 3486 Alaska, Central America, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, U.S. East Coast, U.S. West Coast A A A A
Sea Princess 3150 Australia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Hawaii, New Zealand, South Pacific, Southeast Asia, U.S. East Coast, U.S. West Coast A A A A
Sapphire Princess 4386 Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, South Pacific, Canada, Southeast Asia, U.S. West Coast A C B+ B+
Grand Princess 4309 Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, U.S. West Coast A A A- A
Pacific Princess 1175 Europe, South America, Alaska, Australia, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Hawaii, Mediterranean, New Zealand, South Pacific, U.S. East Coast A F N/A C-
Caribbean Princess 4982 Canada, Caribbean, Arctic, Central America, Europe, Mexico, U.S. East Coast F A N/A C-
Crown Princess 4963 Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, Canada, Central America, Hawaii, Mediterranean, Mexico, South America, South Pacific, U.S. East Coast, U.S. West Coast F A N/A C-
Emerald Princess 4963 Caribbean, Canada, Arctic, Central America, Europe, Mediterranean, Mexico, U.S. East Coast F F N/A F
Ocean Princess 1175 Africa, Europe, India, Australia, Hawaii, Mediterranean, Middle East, New Zealand, South Pacific, Southeast Asia F F N/A F
Ruby Princess 4963 Caribbean, Europe, Canada, Central America, Mediterranean, Mexico, U.S. East Coast F A N/A C-
Royal Princess 4800 Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, U.S. East Coast A C N/A B+
Regal Princess 4906 Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, Mexico, U.S. East Coast A A N/A A

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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.