These lines tick the boxes for eco-conscious clients
The boutique river cruise line balances luxury standards with caring for the environment by buying locally and reducing and recycling waste on a daily basis. Chefs visit local markets and the line buy other produce from organic wineries and small, family-run businesses. In partnership with the Travel Foundation, the line is also spearheading the Sustainable River Cruising project -the first of its kind an initiative that focuses on minimising the impact of Uniworld’sships and the river cruising industry at large.
0808 168 9110 – uniworld.com/uk
Ecoventura was the first company in Galapagos to offset carbon emissions from its expedition yachts that operate seven-night itineraries in the NationalPark, which is renowned for its wildlife. The line has won a raft of green credentials in addition to sponsoring 12 annual scholarships for conservation and eco-related subjects. Sold through UK operators including Sunvil, its latest 20-passenger vessel MV Origin was launched in February. Its sustainable features include reusable plastic bottles, a water treatment system, and ecological toilets.
1305 262 6264 1 ecoventura.com
The Norwegian explorer company champions high levels of environmental awareness ashore and at sea. The Hurtigruten Foundation was formed last year to support local initiatives such as Clean Up Svalbard,where passengers are invited to help clear waste washed up on the beaches. Onboard auctions raise funds for global habitat restoration projects such as an initiative to protect albatross in South Georgia and the maintenance of an Antarctic research station. The line’s waste oil is reused on land as heating fuel.
0203 553 2516- hurtigruten.co.uk
Carnival’s new brand offers ‘social impact travel’.Passengers can work alongside locals and become involved in community schemes such as helping to teach English, planting trees and clean drinking water projects.Using the former P&O vessel Adonia, fathom sails from Miami to the Dominican Republic, where two million islanders have no access to piped water. It recently made history by becoming the first US line permitted to sail to Cuba. Cosmos Tours & Cruises is the first UK tour operator to package fathom.
1855 932 8466- fathom.org
Family-run Amadeus River Cruises is an Austrian-owned line with a fleet of nine vessels,recently boosted by the addition of the Amadeus Silver II. The owners care passionately about the landscapes and rivers, and eco-minded clients will be interested to know that Amadeus is the only river cruise line in Europe to hold the Green Globe certification for sustainable travel. The award requires companies to demonstrate energy and water-saving measures, plus ongoing ecological awareness in everyday routines.
01252 714477- amadeusrivercruises. co.uk
6. Star Clippers
The thrill of sailing on a beautiful tall ship with the wind filling the sails is eco-friendly cruising at its finest Star Clippers has three ships that recreate the 19th-century golden age of sail, with a new flagship – the 300-passenger Flying Clipper – currently under construction. Sailing in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Asia. The ships rely exclusively on sail power around 25% to 35% of the time and often more. Onboard activities include traditional pursuits such as knot-tying classes and climbing the mast.
0845 200 6145- starclippers.co.uk