‘Climate change is real, and we acknowledge that, as a cruise line, we must work even harder to protect our planet,’ said Filippos Venetopoulos, CEO, Variety Cruises.
He added, 'What humanity has done to Mother Earth is just unbearable. Being part of the third generation, we want to leave behind a world for our children's children, and their children, too.
'As the first cruise line globally to join Tourism Declares Climate Emergency, we are taking an important step to lead by example in our industry. Nobody can afford to look away any longer.’
Tahiti & Polynesia
The eight-day ‘Pearls of Polynesia’ itinerary departing May 6, 2022 will involve a round sailing from Papeete Port, Tahiti with stops at the Society islands, Bora Bora, Taha'a, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea.
Prices start from £1955 per person, full board.
From June 24, 2022 an 11-day round-trip sailing from Tahiti, traversing the Society and Tuamotu islands, will be included in the ‘Tahiti, Society & Tuamatu Islands’ itinerary. Passengers will visit Bora Bora, Taha'a, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Rangiroa, Tetiaroa, Tikehau, and Makatea.
Prices are from £2,683 per person full board.
Both cruises encompass: snorkelling equipment and sea kayak (subject to availability,) a welcome cocktail, captain’s dinner, barbecue (weather permitting) and an English-speaking tour director.
The ‘Costa Rica & Panama Canal’ sailing from January 22, 2022 will allow passengers to visit the countries’ national parks — home to macaws, sloths, howler monkeys and dolphins — swim the waters off Granito de Oro and Coiba Islands and dance with Emberá Indians.
Prices start from £1,636 per person, full board; the programme also includes snorkelling equipment and sea kayak (subject to availability,) a welcome cocktail, captain’s dinner, barbecue (weather permitting) and an English-speaking tour director.
Tourism Declares Climate Emergency
Variety has been helping support the efforts of firefighters in Greece amid wildfires, providing survival kits, helmets and uniforms to volunteers via its Variety Cares foundation.
To minimise the impact of its own motor yacht fleet, Variety’s year-long plan will look at lowering carbon emissions while continuing its commitment to ethical food sourcing and returning to its no single-use plastic policy; a spokesperson for the line professed that ‘the pandemic took the company a step back in terms of their single-use plastic policy in order to protect guests and staff from infection.’
The line said it will monitor its impact on the environment with ships running on marine diesel oil, reduce plastic waste and further develop its beach clean-up initiatives, while adhering to stringent policies on waste management.