‘Modern cruise ships resemble cities in terms of their recycling, water treatment systems, focus on fuel efficiency and more. We must be more mindful even than land based (tourism operations) because we are at sea everything we do must be done better.’ D’Aoust says it is important the travel trade helps the cruise industry tell its story. ‘We rely on the pristine beauty of harbours and seaside communities. It is imperative we ensure the destinations we visit thrive and they must be sustainable for residents. We need to help preserve and protect the cultural heritage and natural beauty of every place we visit.’
‘Good stewardship’ essential
The responsibility to be good stewards of the environment and the places they visit is something cruise companies take extremely seriously, Cindy D’Aoust, president and chief executive officer of Cruise Lines International Association Global told an Australasian audience recently.