Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2022

1 8 Innovations like the BOLT rollercoaster on the new Carnival Celebration are designed to delight guests voyage from London, UK, to Tromsø, Norway. “Seabourn Venture will offer the type of immersive, one-of-a-kind experience that guests are looking for in the ultra-luxury category,” says Donald. “The ship is designed for exploring the Arctic or Antarctic and we’ve seen very high demand already, even though it is not yet completed.” Like all new vessels joining Carnival Corporation’s fleet in the coming years, the four ships will be equipped with technologies and systems to minimise their environmental impact. Carnival Celebration and Arvia, for example, will be the seventh and eights ships in the fleet to be powered by LNG fuel. “LNG isn’t the ultimate solution, but it’s the most efficient and cleanest burning fossil fuel we have available for wide-scale commercial use at the moment, and it’s certainly helping us to reduce our carbon footprint,” says Donald, noting that the fuel will be used to power a total of 11 ships by the end of 2025, representing nearly 20 per cent of the total fleet capacity. “We’re continuing to partner with key organisations and experts to identify, scale and implement new technologies that will drive further carbon emission reduction efforts and set us on a path to full decarbonisation. For example, we’re exploring the use of bio-LNG, fuel cell technology, Lithium-ion batteries, and more.” Transitioning to alternative fuels and investing in new low- or zerocarbon emission technologies will help Carnival Corporation to meet the new sustainability goals it set in late 2021. By 2030, the organisation aims to reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions by 40 per cent (relative to a 2008 baseline), cut absolute particulate matter air emissions by 50 per cent (compared to a 2015 baseline), halve food waste, install Advanced Waste Water Treatment Systems on more than 75 per cent of vessels, and increase fleet-wide shore power connection capability to 60 per cent of the fleet. And by 2050, it aspires to expand shore power functionality to all ships, send all waste to waste-toenergy facilities, achieve net carbon neutral ship operations, and build zeroemissions vessels. “We recorded a peak in absolute carbon emissions in 2011 and they have been lowering ever since, despite a 20 per cent capacity increase between 2011 and today, and an additional 19 per cent capacity increase on order with new ships,” says Donald. “Since 2016, we’ve invested more than $350 million to upgrade technology, improve energy efficiency, optimise fleet performance and itinerary planning, and more – and it’s significantly reduced our carbon footprint. We’re also making good headway with increasing the availability of shore power capabilities on both our ships and at high-volume ports around the world. “In addition, we continue to make excellent progress with reducing KEYNOTE