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Royal Caribbean Becomes the US First Cruise Line to Sail Using Renewable Diesel



Source: Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean has made history by becoming the first cruise company in the US to sail using renewable diesel fuel when the Navigator of the Seas set sail from the Port of Los Angeles.

The renewable fuel used by Navigator of the Seas contains less carbon than traditional marine fuels – a crucial first step in Royal Caribbean’s comprehensive decarbonization strategy.
“We are committed to investing in technologies and innovations that will help us reduce emissions and fulfill our purpose to deliver great vacations responsibly,” said Laura Hodges Bethge, Royal Caribbean Group’s Executive Vice President, Shared Services Operations. “As we celebrate this milestone, we continue to set our sights on other leading alternative solutions to meet our net zero goals.”

The cruise company plans to continue using lower carbon fuel to meet part of the Los Angeles-based ship’s fuel needs as it evaluates the feasibility for long-term use, with ambitions to expand its usage to other vessels across the fleet.

Royal Caribbean will also debut its first hybrid-powered ship in the summer of 2023 as part of Silversea Cruises’ newest class of ships, the Nova class.

A year ago, Royal Caribbean rolled out its Destination Net Zero program, which aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

“Decades ago, we set out on a course to advance sustainability; our vision now is to realize carbon-free cruising over the next two decades,” Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, said during an October 2021 press release. “Today we are announcing the most important destination of all in our company’s history – Destination Net Zero – an ambitious strategy to cut emissions, protect our oceans, and ensure the viability of the hundreds of destinations that our guests and crew members care deeply about.”