Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings publishes 2023 ‘Sail and Sustain’ report

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings publishes 2023 ‘Sail and Sustain’ report
Edited by Travel Weekly


    Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd has published its 2023 “Sail and Sustain” report, highlighting various company achievements and key milestones.

    The report details the company’s progress in its global sustainability program, which emphasises their dedication to driving positive environmental and social impact. This effort is the cornerstone of the recently unveiled “Charting the Course” strategy that guides that company’s mission for its guests to “Vacation better, Experience more”.

    “Sustainability is at the core of our ‘Charting the Course’ strategy, which is built on four key pillars: people, product, platform, and performance, all deeply rooted in the foundation of our Sail & Sustain program,” ,” Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd president and CEO, Harry Sommer, said.

    “We understand that the success of our business is inextricably linked to the health of our planet and communities, and that’s why we are dedicated to holistically integrating sustainability into our business strategy.”

    Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd. global sustainability program.

    Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd. global sustainability program.

    Key highlights from the 2023 Report under each pillar:

    Reducing Environmental Impact:

    Active Steps Toward Climate Action – Short- and near-term targets include reducing GHG intensity by 10 per cent by 2026 and 25 per cent by 2030, compared with a 2019 baseline.

    Expanding Shore Power Capabilities – By the end of 2023, the Company achieved its 2024 target of equipping 50 per cent of the fleet with shore power technology and remains on track to equip 70 per cent by 2025.

    Exploring Alternative Fuels – In 2023, NCLH achieved its goal to test 20 per cent of the fleet with a biodiesel blend by expanding tests to four ships throughout the year. The new target is for 40 per cent of the fleet to test biodiesel by 2024.

    Boosting Onboard Water Production – In 2023, the Company consumed 7.6 million cubic meters of fresh water on board, with 89 per cent produced on board through evaporators and reverse osmosis plants, reducing the need to bunker fresh water. The target is to reduce bunkering by 4 per cent by 2025, compared with 2019.

    Improving Waste Management – The Company is committed to reducing onboard waste, successfully recycling, incinerating, or donating 48 per cent of total ship waste in 2023 through innovative technologies, staff training, and stringent recycling programs.

    Enhancing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting – Annually, the Company’s Scope 1, Scope 2, and relevant Scope 3 emissions are measured, estimated, and independently verified. Since 2019, emissions data and other climate-related information have been disclosed to the CDP, with the most recent submission earning a climate change score of “B,” higher than the Marine Transport Sector, North America, and global averages.

    Sourcing Responsibly – In 2023, supplier diversity efforts allowed more than $635 million to be spent with small businesses and businesses with minority, veteran, or economically disadvantaged qualifications.

    Sailing Safely:

    Strengthening Health and Safety Oversight – The Health Safety Environment and Security Committee oversees the implementation of established standards for safe ship operations, pollution prevention, and security.

    Maintaining Robust Public Health Protocols – Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings operates a comprehensive public health program with a 24/7/365 compliance culture, including external and internal public health professionals who regularly visit each ship.

    Providing Excellent Medical Care – Each ship is equipped with a state-of-the-art medical centre staffed by highly qualified doctors and nurses, providing high-quality care for guests and crew.

    Strengthening Our Communities:

    Committing to Charitable Giving – In 2023, the Company gave nearly $1.6 million in cash, cruise, and other in-kind donations to various causes. This includes significant contributions to disaster relief efforts, such as for the wildfires in Maui, and support for local communities.

    Recognising Educators through the Giving Joy Program – Norwegian Cruise Line’s Giving Joy Program honoured 20 educators with a free weeklong cruise for their dedication to education and expanded the program to provide discounts and onboard credits for teachers.

    Supporting Military Families – The Norwegian Military Appreciation Program extends exclusive cruise fare discounts to military members, veterans, and their spouses, with over 220,000 registered since the program’s launch in 2022.

    Supporting Renewable Energy Projects – We successfully purchased 3 million carbon offsets, contributing to 16 projects globally. The offsets not only support our decarbonisation journey but also invest in cleaner energy sources and local job creation in these communities.

    Empowering People:

    Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – The Company launched a Corporate Leadership Diversity Initiative to reinforce inclusive hiring practices. In 2023, of the new hires and promotions in shoreside positions, 51 per cent and 62 per cent, respectively, were women. Additionally, the Company supports five Team Member Resource Groups (TMRGs) to connect and support employees.

    Enhancing Employee Benefits – Benefits include fully paid maternity, paternity, and adoption leave, and family planning assistance for full-time U.S. shoreside team members. In 2023, the Company’s team member cruise benefit program was revamped to include new deeply discounted rates at Norwegian Cruise Line and interline rates at Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

    Operating with Integrity and Accountability:

    Maintaining Diverse Board Composition – 50 per cent of the Board of Directors’ seats are held by women and/or underrepresented minorities.

    Upholding Ethical Conduct – Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings emphasises conducting business legally and ethically, requiring all team members, executives, and directors to adhere to the Code of Ethical Business Conduct at all times.

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