The oceans must be protected, not least because they provide us with 70 % of our oxygen – far more than forests, for example. Oxygen is produced by plankton, microbes and above all by algae. Plastic waste is collected separately on board our ships and sent for recycling on land. And yet there is more we can do: we are reducing the unnecessary use of plastic on all cruises, foregoing plastic bags, straws and cocktail stirrers and using alternatives made from wood.
We are using sustainable alternatives to plastic in other areas, too: the kayaks on board our new expedition ships are made from HTP, a particularly high-quality and long-lasting polyethylene. No waste is created when the boat hulls are manufactured – and the manufacturer takes them back free of charge for recycling.