Princess Cruises - Final Grade: "B"
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
Of the 17 Princess cruise ships, 12 have installed advanced sewage treatment systems, resulting in a grade of B- for the company’s 71 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, 74 percent of Princess’ ships that dock at a port with shoreside power are plug-in capable, giving the company an B- in this category (four of the ships Princess has equipped with shoreside power hookups, the Caribbean Princess, Dawn Princess, Royal Princess and Sun 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 $4.7 million to bring shoreside electrical technology to
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||C||N/A||B+|
|Diamond Princess||4386||Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Canada, Southeast Asia||A||A||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||B-||A|
|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||A||B||A|
|Grand Princess||4309||Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, U.S. West Coast||A||A||N/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||C||N/A||D-|
|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||F||N/A||F|
|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||F||N/A||F|
|Royal Princess||4800||Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, U.S. East Coast||A||C||N/A||B+|
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.