Ponant’s highly advanced, pioneering luxury icebreaker, Le Commandant Charcot, due to enter service in 2021 will be powered by technology group Wärtsilä’s 31DF dual-fuel engine, which emphasises outstanding efficiency, extremely economical fuel consumption, and minimal emissions.
In its first year, Guardians of the Coast—promoted by the Costa Crociere Foundation and one of Italy's biggest citizen science projects—engaged thousands of students.
In an update, the US Environmental Protection Agency said the 2013 Vessel General Permit—which covers discharges incidental to normal operation—will not be reissued prior to its Dec. 18 expiration date. The 2013 VGP will be administratively continued and remain in effect until a new permit is issued.
MSC Cruises announced a commitment to eliminate single-use plastics from its entire fleet globally and introduce sustainable alternatives if available. By the end of this year all plastic straws will be replaced with 100% compostable and biodegradable substitutes.
In order to avoid the path of Hurricane Michael in the Gulf of Mexico, Carnival Cruise Line revised routes for six vessels, while one of its Pacific itineraries was tweaked due to Hurricane Sergio. Norwegian Cruise Line changed one itinerary, while Royal Caribbean International is monitoring the storms but has no alterations so far.
Carnival Corp. and several of its brands—AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises—have been working on a number of community projects to support Caribbean destinations. These include rebuilding schools, youth training, emergency response, beach cleanups, literacy and more.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced the opening of Ivan Dawson Primary School, the first school to be constructed as a result of the company’s Hope Starts Here hurricane relief campaign.