Two ships, the Sea Princess and Sapphire Princess, were both awarded the Port of San Francisco’s Cruise Ship Environmental Award. Not only did the company pioneer the use of shore power programmes in the cruise industry to reduce air emissions, but its ships were also the first in California to implement the port’s new shore-side power system.
This particular eco-friendly accolade was introduced back in 2005 and is awarded annually to cruise ships that exceed environmental regulations and industry standards to protect air and water quality. It is similar to the William M. Benkert Award, recently awarded to Holland America Line in recognition of its success in achieving several environmental objectives.
San Francisco-based Princess Cruises ships have earned this prestigious acknowledgement for seven consecutive years. In addition to the San Francisco award, four Princess Cruises ships were awarded the Victoria, BC. Ogden Point Eco Award, which recognizes cruise lines that go above and beyond to reduce emissions while in the port of Victoria, BC. This year’s award-winning ships are Golden Princess, Island Princess, Sapphire Princess and Sea Princess.
“We are always gratified when our ships are recognized for making a difference in local environmental efforts,” said Rai Caluori, Princess’ executive vice president of fleet operations. “It is important to us that stunning ports such as San Francisco and Victoria continue to offer passengers the natural beauty they come to experience.”
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