Environmental Stewardship

Environmental Stewardship

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Environmental Stewardship

Azamara Club Cruises, along with our parent corporation Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) and all the brands in the RCL family, is committed to the environments and communities where we operate.

It is our responsibility to help protect and preserve the oceans and coastal communities that bring our guests so much delight. We are also committed to helping in the communities that our employees and their families call home.

Our company has a history of ocean conservation, from the formalization of our Save the Waves® program in 1992 (before Azamara Club Cruises even came to be), placement of an environmental officer on every RCL ship beginning in 1996, and the introduction of the industry’s first shipboard green roof and solar panels in 2008.

Today, we are continuing to do our part to help lead our industry toward more sustainable practices. In 2013 and 2014, RCL and several of its brands implemented a program that repurposes 100% of the offloaded waste from our ships when they turn around in Florida. We aligned with nongovernmental and governmental organizations to form the Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas, with the intention of helping the destinations in that region remain healthy and vibrant for years to come.

Sustainability Report

We have also modernized our sustainability reporting practices. That’s why our latest report, “Beyond the Horizon,” is the first RCL report – and one of the first in the United States – to use the internationally recognized Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines. In following GRI G4, we have engaged a variety of stakeholders in taking a deep and comprehensive look at the sustainability issues that matter the most, taking stock of our sustainability-focused successes and assessing the areas where we can look forward to making great strides toward more successes in the future.

At Azamara Club Cruises, sustainability is an evolving and revolving ideal, one that is absolutely critical to our business, and to our planet.

We invite you to read the 2013 sustainability report, “Beyond the Horizon.” You can also browse through our past reports, linked below.

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Save the Waves®

Founded in 1992 and expanded significantly since, Save The Waves® has evolved to address key environmental issues including air emissions, water and energy use, waste management, environmental training and education, and contributions to conservation.

Protecting the world's seas and the rich marine life they support is a way of life, and a way of doing business, for Azamara Club Cruises. This commitment is the foundation of Save the Waves®, our comprehensive environmental protection program established by our parent company in 1992.

Save the Waves® helps guide our company's operating philosophy. It has become an integral part of each crew member's job and is the backbone of daily operations. There are four key principles of Save The Waves®:

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Reduce the generation of waste material, reuse and recycle wherever possible, and properly dispose of remaining wastes.
  • Practice Pollution Prevention – Nothing may be thrown overboard. Nothing.
  • Go Above and Beyond Compliance (ABC) – means doing more than is required by regulations.
  • Continuous Improvement – Change is the only constant; innovation is encouraged and rewarded.

The Ocean Fund

The Ocean Fund

In 1996, RCL established The Ocean Fund to support marine conservation projects aimed at safeguarding the health of the world’s oceans. Today, we have contributed $13.4 million to 81 non-profit organizations and institutions around the world for projects that relate to ocean science and marine conservation, climate change, key marine species, education, and innovative technologies.

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