Document Type

Internship Report

Publication Date

Spring 2009


The focus of this internship is an in depth environmental assessment of Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, specifically focused on updating and maintaining an environmental matrix, to be used shore side and onboard the ships by the Environmental Officers, that provides Royal Caribbean with the correct standards for the ports of call of their ships. This effort includes sending surveys to the ports at which the ships dock, as well as inputting the information into the matrix once it is received. This effort also includes following up with phone calls to specific ports if data is still needed. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a international cruise company that encompasses Azamara Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Pulmantur, as well as the Royal Caribbean ships. The companies main offices are based out of the Port of Miami. Part of the mission at Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited is understanding that they have a ‘special responsibility to protect marine ecosystems’. The company sees it as an intelligent business plan to protect the oceans, because both the business and the guests will benefit from having a cleaner environment. Royal Caribbean has heavily invested in state-of-the art treatment technologies, one of these being an Advanced Wastewater Purification system that helps to reduce the impact on the environment. In recent years Royal Caribbean has set the standard in the use of environmental technologies throughout the cruise industry. This has been done through their waste water discharge policy, their SaveTheWaves® campaign, as well as efforts put forth by the crew members. Royal Caribbean currently operates some of the cleanest cruise ships being used in the industry, and it is in part because of technologies such as this. The soon to be released Royal Caribbean Stewardship Report will provide greater detail on these issues. Royal Caribbean exhibits qualities of environmental stewardship and sustainability by voluntarily working to go above the international standards that have been set. One of the aspects of this includes being a ISO 14001 company. ISO 14001 is an environmental management system that companies can elect to subscribe to; ISO 14001 specifies the actual requirements for environmental management. Notably, Royal Caribbean was the first cruise line to have an environmental management system that was certified to the ISO 14001 standard.


Department: MAF

Location: Royal Caribbean International Cruise Ltd

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