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For the second year, the port of Venice has awarded Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity the environmental Venice Blue Flag award. The award recognises the ship’s voluntary efforts while in Venice to reduce air emissions by utilising low sulphur fuel in port. The luxury line began using low sulphur fuel in consideration of the port’s location in an urban environment, its artistic and architectural value and the need to protect these treasures for future generations.

Since the award’s inception last year, Crystal Serenity has been recognised for its commitment to reducing its environmental impact, both on land and by sea.

“Crystal Cruises is very proud to once again receive the Venice Blue Flag award,” says Crystal’s president, Gregg Michel.  “Like the port of Venice, Crystal Cruises places the utmost importance on treating the environment with respect. In addition to ongoing conservation training of staff, Crystal’s operational policies are designed to protect the environment and minimise our footprint in the ports we visit.”

Crystal Cruises are committed to environmentally conscious practices onboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, strictly adhering to a collection of Crystal Clean environmental initiatives for more than a decade. 

Most recently, the line introduced 100% recyclable EcoHangers onboard, an alternative to the billions of wire and plastic hangers filling landfills each year. Additionally, Crystal utilises washable, reusable garment bags rather than plastic bags for onboard laundry presentation. An in-house audit of its ships’ lighting and energy consumption resulted in measures that have saved more than 960,000 kWh – equivalent to eliminating more than 5,000 light bulbs, or nearly 200 tons of fuel, per year.

Earlier this year, Crystal Symphony received the Environmental Buoy Diploma from the Port of Stockholm for its efforts in discharging waste water at specified shoreside facilities, and following exceptional waste management practices.

Crystal Cruises operates the ultra-luxurious 940-guest Crystal Symphony and the 1,072 guest Crystal Serenity, heralded as two of the most spacious ships afloat. The luxury vessels sail on worldwide itineraries to Asia, Australia/New Zealand, the Panama Canal, Mexican Rivera and Caribbean, Europe, the Mediterranean, Canada/New England and South America.

Valere Tjolle



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