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Climate warning

Ultra-polluting and energy-consuming: cruising is no longer fun

For the past year, residents of Mediterranean ports have been increasingly open in their anger at the giant ships. In Italy, in August 2021, tourist boats over 180 meters long have been banned from Venice to "preserve the most beautiful place in the world", according to the Italian Minister of Culture. In the Balearic Islands, in Palma de Mallorca, one of the most popular cruise hubs in Europe, some 30 associations managed to impose a maximum of three boats per day, with only one carrying more than 5,000 passengers. Identical measures have been adopted in Santorini, Dubrovnik, Bruges, and Dublin. This summer, the protest spread to France, in Marseille, Nice, and in Corsica. Cruise ships are dinosaurs in a world where we are faced with climate change and the vital need to save energy. They represent a model of society based on hyperconsumption that is completely anachronistic, and should therefore be banned. Who needs to have 20 restaurants, 14 bars, 2 casinos, 4 swimming pools, 10 Jacuzzis, slides, a theater, climbing walls, surfing simulators, a miniature golf course, a zip line, and even an ice rink on a boat (this is what the Wonder of the Seas has). These boats are an ecological aberration, their fuel consumption being just as excessive as their size. Even though they have significant economic benefits, cruise ships aren’t without negative consequences on the environment and health. These ships are a source of considerable pollution, not only at sea, but also when they are docked. They run on heavy fuel oil, the most toxic fuel on the planet, which emits a considerable amount of nitrogen oxide and sulfur particles. For the past decade, while car manufacturers have been regularly subjected to new and stricter standards, shipping companies have managed to fly under the radar. As a result, in 2019, the European NGO Transport and Environment calculated that 94 ocean liners polluted as much as 250 million cars in Europe. On average, it is estimated that maritime traffic is responsible for 40% of nitrogen oxide emissions, compared with 45% for road traffic, according to AtmoSud's Director of External Relations, Damien Piga. Regarding Marseille (Europe's sixth largest port and France's leading port for cruise passengers), the port is delaying the electrification of its quays. Given the health and environmental risks, should we continue to allow these floating cities to navigate? We really don’t have time for that. This climate warning is not only targeting Royal Caribbean Cruises, but also all cruise companies and ports around the world. It is time we regulate. Read more (FR): https://www.nouvelobs.com/societe/20220729.OBS61466/ultra-polluante-et-energivoire-a-marseille-la-croisiere-n-amuse-plus.html

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  • Sara Nyberg

    82 w

    It's much better to go sailing instead!

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    • Aude Boulord

      82 w

      Agree ! These cruises just take the pleasure away from being on a boat and sail. I don't see the point of it!

      • Marine Stephan

        82 w

        @SaraNewmountain It definitely is! and also much more rewarding and fun

      • Kathy Wei

        82 w

        Wow - completely didn’t realize the impact these cruises have, they deserve to be called out!

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        • Marine Stephan

          82 w

          @kathy_wei This is such an underreported issue

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        • Richard S

          82 w

          Whole .Process Unsustainable. Short visits, exploitation of staff, Carbon Footprint💩

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          • Aude Boulord

            82 w

            Right! How is crusing even enjoyable? I don't understand how can one think it's a fun way to spend your holidays.

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            • Marine Stephan

              82 w

              @richard_s Exactly! Nothing makes sense

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            • Dawn Stephens

              82 w

              It is one of the most polluting things in operation! These cruises are shocking in terms of pollution and climate and the environment!

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              • Marine Stephan

                82 w

                @dawn_stephens Yes it is! It shouldn't exist anymore

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