Cruise & Ferry Review - Autumn/Winter 2023

57 As a Greek brand, Celestyal Cruises has a positive impact on the Greek economy and looks to employ officers who are natives of the destinations that it visits Photo: credit have the most positive impact on the environment possible. Our shoreside Green Team looks at smaller environmental decisions from an individual perspective, such as recycling and saving water, as well as larger technical developments like shore power and the implementation of additional sustainable technologies in the future. James Rodriguez, President and CEO, Atlas Ocean Voyages: Setting sustainability goals at Atlas Ocean Voyages is a collaborative and thoughtful process. We believe in preserving the world’s pristine destinations for future generations. Our guiding sustainability principles help us to identify areas where we can make a positive impact. We closely assess our operations, technology and supply chain to identify opportunities for improvement and set specific, measurable and achievable targets. Chris Theophilides, CEO, Celestyal Cruises: We develop our sustainability goals so that they align with those of the United Nations’ (UN) World Tourism Organization. For example, we design our itineraries to ensure that each destination benefits from our visits, respecting the unique characteristics of each island and conserving their heritage and biodiversity. Our sustainability goals also include strengthening our partnerships with local stakeholders, for example by increasing the quantity of local produce onboard our ships. As a Greek brand, we have a positive impact on the Greek economy and look to employ officers who are natives of the destinations we visit. Christian Verhounig, CEO, Ambassador Cruise Line: Ambassador Cruise Line was founded with the principle of placing a strong emphasis on safety and security, the environment and social responsibilities, and we recognise there is more we can do to be more sustainable. Since our inception, we have worked with our private equity investors and main shareholder, Njord Partners, on a comprehensive long-term plan to ensure that sustainability is, and remains, fully embedded into the wider business strategy. We have ambitious objectives focused on reviewing and improving how we operate to effect positive change, support local communities and reduce our environmental impacts. What are your key short, medium and long-term sustainability goals? PD: Acting from our sustainability report, our initial objectives are for zero percentage environmental spills and to reduce both fuel and waste. In comparison, our longer-term goals will be aligned with industry standards such as the Energy Efficiency Existing ship Index and Carbon Intensity Indicators (CII).