With the responsibility of showcasing the wealth of the world to its passengers, it's no wonder that cruise companies are taking large strides in sustainability. Working together to build a better future for the planet, cruise companies focus on their impact on the Earth's waterways and strive for a sustainable future for luxury cruising.
Ever since its launch, PONANT
has strived to stay ahead of the game when it comes to environmental standards and has become recognised for its commitment to responsible tourism. From equipping its ships with catalytic systems in order to slash nitrogen oxide emissions by 90% to being the first company to ditch heavy fuel oil for Low Sulphur Marine Gasoil, PONANT stand as a leader when it comes to using Green Equipment to protect the planet. The company has even been awarded a number of consecutive Green Marine Europe certification for its excellence.
For Silversea Cruises,
protecting the environment and the communities it sails to has been a long-standing priority and nowhere is this commitment better exemplified than on the cruise line's Nova class ships - Silver Nova and Silver Ray. Offering guests a new way of connecting with the world, the Nova class vessels will be among the most sustainable cruise ships ever built. Utilising liquefied natural gas (LNG) as their main fuel source, and promising a dramatically ambitious asymmetrical design, the two new ships - launching in 2023 and 2024, respectively - are sure to impress.
The world is filled with picture-perfect landscapes, from sublime shores to rolling hills. But whilst such beauty should be showcased it must also be preserved and protected. Many of the world's leading hotels in the most desirable destinations are finding new ways to not take on sustainable practices themselves, but also promote responsible travel amongst their guests.
The archetypal tropical paradise escape, Necker Island
boasts countless initiatives which are in place to protect the island it calls home. Whether conserving some of the world's endangered species, running the island on renewable energy with its very own Microgrid and wind turbines, reducing food miles with produce sourced from the local area and neighbouring islands, or making the most of the natural resources found in the British Virgin Islands, Necker Island puts sustainability at its heart.
Perfectly in harmony with its surrounding landscape, Lefay Resort & SPA Dolomiti
combines luxury and comfort with a comprehensive respect for the environment. ClimaHotel certified, the resort uses cutting-edge technologies that reduce energy consumption, compensates 100% of its CO2 emissions every year by purchasing CERs (Certified Emission Reductions) credits and takes an active role in dramatically reducing water consumption from water mains, aimed at saving water consumption by 50% in comparison to standard facilities.
A sustainable haven in the Tuscan countryside, Borgo Pignano
is an eco-chic hideaway that combines rustic countryside charm with an unwavering ecological ethos that has been recognised for its sustainable practices. With such an abundance of adventures on offer, guests are invited to try their hand at everything from beekeeping to soap making! You can even take a tour around the picturesque gardens of this Green Michelin Starred retreat to see how their organic produce is grown before sampling it in delicious gastronomy at the restaurants.
Embracing their philosophy of working 'Naturally Better', Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum's
sustainability practises look to better the planet, the local communities and their guests. From eliminating single-use plastic to planting greenery on the rooftops of the resort, their steps towards sustainability are creating a greener planet in more ways than one. And with the sparkling Aegan Sea surrounding the property, supporting local fishermen and sustainably catching their seafood is at the forefront of their community promise.