The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) focuses its efforts on programs that are designed to improve the quality of life in the communities served by the cruise industry. CICF supports programs that enhance educational opportunities for youth, including those designed to improve literacy, teach basic life skills, and promote good citizenship. The Foundation also supports academic enrichment opportunities aimed at enhancing student proficiencies in reading, math and science.
Founded in 1998 the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation was established to enhance our industry's contributions in those communities where we have extensive partnerships with state and local businesses.
CICF supports non-profit organizations that encourage job creation and training, improve access to community services and provide youth and adult education, particularly for minority and disadvantaged students. In addition, the Foundation promotes programs designed to improve public health or medical research aimed at disease prevention. CICF also supports programs that promote environmental awareness and education, as well as the study of enhanced environmental technologies for the maritime sector.
In Alaska, the CICF has supported:
- The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in Fairbanks
- The Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau
- Operation Warm, which provides coats to children in Southeast Alaska
- Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center outside Anchorage
Cruise ships are some of the world’s most comprehensive recyclers. All waste materials aboard the ships are recycled, incinerated or offloaded and disposed of in approved shoreside facilities. Materials to be recycled are compacted, crushed or baled and stored on the ships until they are turned over to an approved vendor for disposal.
One line donates its crushed aluminum to the Boy Scouts in Juneau, another offloads its used cooking oil for use as biofuel, and others donate used bedding to various non-profits.In Vancouver, B.C., Tymac Launch Service has the contract to service the ships that homeport there for the summer. Tymac typically removes 42 tons of aluminum during a season, along with 261 tons of cardboard and 207 tons of scrap metal, and sends 22 loads of wood to the recyclers.
Each week it hands over an average of six large boxes of printer and toner cartridges to the Vancouver Food Bank. The cartridges are sold to a recycler for a small fee.
This video outlines onboard practices within the cruise industry to reduce waste: