Going on a cruise with a philosophy different from that of large ships and respecting the environment is possible by choosing one "Green cruise" aboard a sailing ship!
The traditional ones cruise ships they are having more and more success, due to the low prices and the incredible technological development of the latest ships launched which are now conceived as real floating amusement parks.
In Italy alone, cruises are chosen every year by over 800,000 tourists and in the world by over 20 million. However, it has been ascertained that this type of holiday is the one that has the greatest impact on the production of carbon dioxide, so much so that a single ship pollutes an average of 14,000 cars.
Another type of pollution produced by these ships is that linked to sewage: one cruise ship from 3,000 people it generates 210,000 liters of wastewater every week, a volume sufficient to fill 40 swimming pools!
Finally the cruise ships they are also responsible for atmospheric pollution, caused by the fuel burned by ship engines that generate nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, carbon dioxide and fine dust.
Some companies have started to take decisive steps to reduce the environmental impact in recent years and so, for example, Costa Cruises has developed measures to intervene on 11 possible sources of pollution of a cruise ship: waste, gray water, black water, oil from machinery, CO2 emissions, ozone, greenhouse gases, particulate matter, sulfur oxides, nitrogen, ballast water.
Following the measures adopted on its ships, Costa Cruises received from the Italian Naval Registry the "Green Star" award and recognition for the latest ships launched "Green Star Plus" which provides for compliance with even stricter rules to stem the pollution produced. These criteria are added to the more general ones provided for by the International Convention for the prevention of pollution caused by ships (Marpol 73/78).
However, if you want to make a qualitative leap towards environmental protection, you can opt for one cruise aboard a sailing ship!
In this case, there are many advantages for the environment, first of all that relating to CO2 emissions that are practically zero. In addition i sailing ships they do not produce greenhouse gases, particulates, nitrogen and sulfur oxides and due to their extremely small size they produce less waste, black water and ballast water.
The advantages are also important with regard to the perception of the environment: the reduced number of people on board means that it is possible to create a different relationship with marine environments together with generating less noise pollution.
The destinations of these "green cruises" aboard sailing ships are still "dreamlike" and you can find some examples in the appropriate section of the Crociere.it website.
Right now you will find on offer a spectacular cruise to Cuba and the Cayman Islands at a starting price of 1,260 Euros and with dates from December 2014 to March 2015.
You will be on board the sailing ship Star Flyer, which you see photographed in the opening photo of this article and during an 8-day itinerary you will visit the following ports:
- Cienfuegos (Greater Antilles) / Cuba
- Cayo Blanco (Greater Antilles) / Cuba
- Casilda (Greater Antilles) / Cuba
- Little Cayman, Cayman Islands / Caribbean
- George Town, Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands) / Caribbean
- Cayo Largo (Greater Antilles) / Cuba
- Los Canarreos Archipelago (Greater Antilles) / Cuba
- Cienfuegos (Greater Antilles) / Cuba
Here is the map of the itinerary:
The offer includes:
- Cabin sailing cruise from the booked category
- Full board on board
- Free use of on-board vehicles
- Program of shows and events on board
- All taxes and duties
The following are not included:
- Transfer on arrival and departure
- Personal and non-mandatory expenses such as shore excursions and spa treatments
- Tips to staff