Exceeding environmental standards

Norwegian Jewel

The large ships that visit Alaska have advanced wastewater treatment systems onboard that clean wastewater to near drinking water standards. Many of the ships are certified to discharge treated water in port, like the Norwegian Jewel.

Alaska has some of the most stringent environmental standards in the world. In addition, cruise lines have voluntarily adopted higher standards than those required by state and federal law, and have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on environmental upgrades in recent years. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) member lines have worked closely with federal and state regulators, the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies to ensure Alaska’s waters and air stay safe and clean.

Most recently, the cruise industry has invested more than half-a-billion dollars in the development of new exhaust gas-cleaning technology to exceed federal air emissions regulations imposed on ships operating within 200 miles of the North American coastline.

Incidents down, capacity up

A comprehensive study of cruise ship emergencies has found that the number of major incidents such as fires, engine failures and other serious safely problems, has trended downward over the past five years, even as cruise ship capacity has sharply increased. Click here for a fact sheet.

Click here for an infographic that explores cruise ship environmental stewardship.