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NCL Partners with NextEra Energy Resources

August 16, 2011 By: Elliott Mest Travel Agent


Norwegian Cruise Line is partnering with NextEra Energy Resources to market the EarthEra Renewable Energy Trust to travelers. // (c) 2011 Norwegian Cruise Line.

Norwegian Cruise Line is partnering with NextEra Energy Resources, North America’s largest producer of wind and solar power. As part of this partnership, guests sailing on Norwegian Cruise Lines are able to voluntarily contribute $10 per person, per cruise through NextEra Energy Resources’ EarthEra Renewable Energy Trust via NCL’s website at The EarthEra Renewable Energy Trust will direct 100 percent of the funds received from NCL’s North American guests to build new renewable energy facilities across the United States. 

On top of their partnership with NextEra Energy Resources, NCL’s sustainable environmental practices in the past five years include:

•        Decreasing the proportion of solid waste handled aboard ships while increasing the volume going to beneficial reuse and recycling programs. 

•        Treating black and gray wastewater to near drinking water standards.

•        Offering the “Officer Snook” environmental education program aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s ships, which has taught 473,000 children and youth passengers.

•        Delivering more than 400,000 gallons of cooking oil onshore that has been converted to bio-fuel for use in motor vehicles, reducing petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

•        Investing in the environmental future of its 250-acre private island, Great Stirrup Cay, by installing new water production, wastewater treatment facilities and disposal, as well as implementing new recycling activities. 

Each NCL ship sails with a trained Environmental Officer, a three-stripe, non-watch standing officer whose sole function aboard the ship is the implementation, training, oversight, and verification of shipboard environmental compliance. The EO also provides assistance to Norwegian Cruise Line’s Fleet Regulatory Compliance Department in the development of environmental policies and procedures. All on-board crew receive training on environmental procedures prior to assuming shipboard duties, as well as specialized environmental training appropriate to their individual job and responsibility. 

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Elliott Mest
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By Elliott Mest | August 16, 2011
Norwegian Cruise Line is partnering with NextEra Energy Resources, North America's largest producer of wind and solar power.