The Five Most Eco-Friendly Cruising Destinations
World Oceans Day is June 8, but Royal Caribbean focuses on the seas all year round. The global cruise line’s worldwide commitment to sustainability spans many areas, from “scrubbing” emissions from its ships’ engines to using LED lights onboard. Also, Royal Caribbean created a comprehensive conservation action plan as part of the Save the Waves program in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund. It gives every guest the opportunity to pitch in whenever they sail with us—to more than 250 destinations around the globe.
But what about when you’re visiting our ports of call? These destinations offer plenty of natural beauty and are packed with eco-friendly Royal Caribbean shore excursions
Read on for the sustainable adventures that await you at these destinations.
There’s no better place to appreciate the mountains of Alaska and its ample wildlife than in Skagway, where you can hike through the Tongass Rainforest or raft the Chilkat Preserve, which houses the world’s largest concentration of bald eagles.
Besides traveling by foot and raft, Alaskans also have the famous dogsled. You can take a dog-sledding adventure across Skagway to a musher’s camp, where you’ll meet and cuddle puppies, helping to socialize them. Tours like these support the parks of the Last Frontier, which protect the local inhabitants of bears, eagles and elk.
Jamaica is full of beautiful beaches—and lush forests. If you catch a ride down the Martha Brae Riveron a bamboo raft, you can sit back and relax as you’re surrounded by the distinct vegetation and local wildlife, such as the red-billed streamertail, the country’s national bird.
You also have the chance to help protect the area’s native flora. “Stush in the Bush” is a sustainable, organic farm, and taking in a meal there means supporting and continuing its work. If you join the volunteer experience in Montego Bay, you can be part of a planting ceremony at a charitable mission, which will use the resulting vegetables to feed nearby residents.