Our driving force – a cruise is the most exciting way of experiencing the earth and its beauty. Protecting the environment is of the highest priority for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, in order to preserve this beauty for a long time to come. Exploring new shores also means assuming responsibility. When it comes to environmental friendliness, there is rarely one all-encompassing solution. This goes for our ships, too. We combine a variety of smaller- and larger-scale measures to continuously improve our environmental performance. These range from design modifications that help reduce consumption to technical solutions that decrease air emissions as well as various measures within our daily operations.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has been a member of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) for decades. The international association of Antarctic tour operators is committed to respectful treatment of Antarctic nature. IAATO has set detailed standards for the protection of the environment and the safety of guests and crew. As a member, we pledge to comply with these as well as the binding Code of Conduct for Tour Operators and Guests.
We are also a member of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO). Founded in 2003, the association promotes responsible, environmentally friendly and safe tourism in the Arctic region and sets high standards to achieve these goals. Among other things, AECO draws up guidelines for dealing with the Arctic flora and fauna, which apply to both the operators and their guests. Another focus is on guidelines for respectful treatment of the local population, taking into account their social and cultural characteristics.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is also a member of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). This globally active association represents 14 cruise operators in Germany alone and promotes networking and dialogue both within and outside the industry – for example with ports, politicians, suppliers and NGOs. Central topics include current environmental issues and ways to make cruises more sustainable.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is committed to sustainable, ethical business practices in compliance with applicable laws, conventions and regulations, and therefore adheres to internal principles of conduct, guidelines and procedures that provide direction to its own daily activities and actions.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises supports efforts to protect human rights, developing appropriate, eco-efficient and socially sustainable responsibility chains and response mechanisms within its own sphere of influence.
For this reason, the TUI Cruises code of conduct for suppliers, which also applies to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, sets specific minimum standards that Hapag-Lloyd Cruises expects from its suppliers, their employees, subcontractors, agents and subsidiaries. This ensures sustainable practices are specifically called for in the supply chain and made verifiable.