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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has announced that they’re taking another step to reduce their environmental footprint. The company will be eliminating plastic straws across their fleet of 26 ships within Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, as well as on their island destinations Great Stirrup Cay and Harvest Caye.
As a member of Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Alliance, Norwegian is working towards solutions that help reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean. They anticipate that the change will eliminate over 50 million plastic straws each year across their three cruise line brands. “We commend Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings for this important step to reduce single-use plastics,” said Janis Searles Jones, chief executive officer of Ocean Conservancy. “Plastic straws are just a fraction of the plastic in the ocean, but they are always among the top ten items collected during Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup and can be deadly to ocean wildlife, which is why we have long urged our supporters to skip the straw when they can.”
Founded in 2012, the Trash Free Seas Alliance brings thought leaders from industry, conservation, and academia together to create a forum for real-world collaboration focused on the reduction of ocean trash. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ global environmental program, “Sail & Sustain,” reflects the company’s mission to provide great cruise vacations while minimizing its impact on the environment.