The award-winning sister ships of Crystal River Cruises – Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel – have all earned Green Award certification.
The certification recognizes ships that demonstrate exceptional safety and environmental standards. Established in 1994, Green Award seeks to promote responsible environmental practices among sea-going vessels; they added the certification for inland shipping and river ships in 2011.
The recipients are decided by a panel of global maritime industry members that adhere to the foundation’s stringent evaluation protocols.
“The same exacting attention to detail that Crystal is famous for offering our guests has been applied to the design and operations of our ships. We understand and appreciate the fact that in order to continue to explore the great waterways of Europe and the world, we must help take care of them,” said Walter Littlejohn, vice president and managing director of Crystal River Cruises. “The Green Award certification is a wonderful affirmation that our efforts are making a difference in the communities and the world around us.”
Crystal’s new-build river ships, introduced in 2017 and 2018, are designed to meet the highest possible specifications for efficiency in operations, environmental protection and sustainability standards.
Each ship features a diesel-electric power plant, allowing fuel to be consumed more efficiently for propulsion and to generate electricity, and advanced wastewater treatment systems. Captains are specifically trained to always minimize engine loads and fuel consumption by adjusting ships’ speeds and connecting to shore power when in port.
Crystal adopted a comprehensive Crystal Clean policy early in its existence. The policy includes:
- minimizing the use of plastic bottles and containers whenever possible
- a ban on all plastic straws
- use of reusable cloth laundry and shoe-shine bags in all guest suites
- meticulous sorting and recycling processes
- LED lighting throughout all ships
The company recently announced the introduction of Caudalie bathroom amenities in all guest suites by the end of 2020. The skin and shower products represent the highest standards of French cosmetics, highly naturally formulated and free of parabens, phenoxyethanol, mineral oils, sodium laureth sulfate, synthetic coloring agents and animal-based ingredients (except honey and beeswax). Caudalie amenities are packaged with eco-friendly materials.
Crystal River Cruises has been recognized with top honors in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, including Best River Cruise Line in 2019.
SOURCE: Crystal Cruises press release