Cruises - better than air travel?

May 21, 2009 · Print This Article

Not quite.

Earlier that year, we were thinking about possible vacation destinations, and cruising down the Mediterranean sounded like a cool concept.  One of my coworkers raved about a 3 week cruise she took to Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, which compelled me to investigate further.

Just as I was starting to get excited about the prospect of taking a cruise, I came across that article in the NY Times.  Basically, cruise lines are not well policed when it comes to compliance with environmental policies.  For example, did you know:

  • Most ships run on bunker fuel,
    which is the dirtiest and cheapest fuel oil
  • A one-week voyage on a large ship is estimated to produce 210,000 gallons of sewage, a million gallons of gray water (runoff from sinks, baths, showers, laundry and galleys), 25,000 gallons of oily bilge water, 11,550 gallons of sewage sludge and more than 130 gallons of hazardous wastes

Until the industry changes its ways and makes significant strides in reducing its carbon footprint, I won’t be taking a cruise anytime soon.

[Source] JB

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