Representatives of 19 cruise brands have signed a memorandum of understanding committing to the use of onshore power supply in the Baltic Sea region.
Carnival Corporation, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ponant, Royal Caribbean Group and Viking Ocean Cruises have committed voluntarily to the agreement, which will see them use onshore power supply wherever it is available at the ports in the region on all cruises after 1 January 2024.
“Our visions are ambitious and can only be fulfilled if we work together,” said Claus Bødker, director of Cruise Baltic. “I’m very satisfied and happy that so many of our partners and stakeholders participated in the conference. With the strong commitment to onshore power supply that Carnival Corporation, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ponant, Royal Caribbean Group and Viking Ocean Cruises have shown by signing the memorandum of understanding, I truly believe that our visions of an even greener cruise industry can become a reality.”
The event also featured an agenda focused on social and environmental sustainability, with case studies and presentations from industry leaders and speeches from the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen and the Danish Minister for Environment.
“The cruise industry is accelerating its green transition and investing in the ability to use shoreside electricity is another important step forward,” said Marie-Caroline Laurent, director general of Cruise Lines International Association Europe. “Such initiatives signal the cruise industry’s commitment to deliver on our climate ambitions and be an active partner in the development of sustainable tourism.”