Royal Caribbean Group ships undergo sustainable cruising trial in Europe
This summer, two Royal Caribbean Group ships take a big step toward sustainable cruising.
Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Apex and Royal Caribbean International’s Symphony of the Seas will sail in Europe with sustainable biofuel for part of the ships’ fuel needs.
The sustainable cruising trial will contribute critical data and research on the fuel’s capabilities and supply chain infrastructure.
During the three-month test, Celebrity Apex will depart from the Port of Rotterdam and Symphony of the Seas will depart from Barcelona, using a biofuel blend.
The biofuel is produced from renewable oils and fats and combining it with fuel oil.
“Biofuels will play an increasingly important role in the entire maritime sector’s decarbonization goals,” said Jason Liberty, Royal Caribbean Group CEO.
“We take great pride in continuing to push our industry forward in exploring innovative fuel solutions.”
After the trials, Royal Caribbean Group plans to scale up the use of alternative fuels on European summer sailings.
“Our hope is to advance our ships’ ability to meaningfully reduce emissions,” Liberty added.
Recently, Navigator of the Seas became the first cruise ship to sail from a US port using renewable diesel fuel.
The biofuels trial takes the company a step closer to its Destination Net Zero mission.
This aims for net-zero emissions by 2050.
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