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Norwegian to Eliminate Single-Use Plastic Bottles Across Fleet by 2020

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Norwegian Cruise Line will replace all single-use plastic bottles across its fleet by January 1, 2020, the company announced Wednesday.

The Miami-based cruise line is partnering with JUST Goods, Inc. to eliminate more than six million plastic bottles each year. The latest initiative comes just one year after Norwegian eliminated single-use plastic straws across its fleet and private destinations.

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JUST Water is 100 percent spring water inside of a plant-based carton that’s both refillable and recyclable. The carton is made of 82 percent renewable materials from trees grown in responsibly-managed forests while the carton’s cap and shoulder are made from a sugarcane-based plastic.

JUST Goods, Inc. operates bottling facilities all over the world in places such as Glenn Falls, New York; Ballymena, Northern Ireland and Ballarat, Australia, meaning that the water doesn’t have to be shipped from a single production source.

“We are a leading company—one that is in the business of creating memorable experiences for our guests,” said Andy Stuart, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, in a statement. “It is imperative that we take meaningful steps to preserve our oceans and the destinations we visit.”

“Partnering with JUST is one of my proudest moments as the head of our pioneering brand. This latest effort—the elimination of single-use plastic bottles across our fleet—is just the latest environmentally responsible action we are taking to reduce our footprint and encourage others to protect our natural resources,” added Stuart. “While we are aware that this is just the beginning of what we and others need to do to be good stewards of our environment, we are committed to our Sail & Sustain initiatives and will continue to innovate for the overall benefit of the planet and its future.”

Norwegian’s latest initiative follows similar sustainability efforts by fellow Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings subsidiary Oceania Cruises. This summer, the Carnival Corporation also announced its intention to significantly eliminate its purchase and consumption of non-essential plastics by the end of 2021.

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Viking Extends Suspension of Cruising Through August 31

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Viking has further suspended operations through Aug. 31, 2020. The company initially announced it would stop cruising on March 11.

“We were the first cruise line to announce a temporary suspension of operations. We have continued to evaluate the situation, responding accordingly,” Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen wrote in a May 28 post on the company website. “While restrictions related to COVID-19 are beginning to ease in some countries, travel remains complicated. Therefore, we have made the decision to extend our temporary suspension of operations through Aug. 31, 2020.”

The company is offering 125 percent credit to passengers booked on canceled voyages. “It is fully transferable, allowing you to gift it to someone with whom you would like to share the joys of travel. It can be applied within the next 24 months to any river, ocean or expedition cruise,” Hagen wrote. “If you are unable to use your voucher by the expiration date, simply return your expired voucher to Viking, and we will send you a refund equal to the original amount paid to Viking.”

For more details on credits and refunds, click here.

Hagen said the company is developing new safety protocols and taking care of its crew members.

“We have always had the highest standards for health and cleanliness—and are now developing additional protocols to make traveling with Viking even safer. We will be sharing more information about this very soon,” he wrote. “Also, during this time of non-operation, we are further training our crew and preparing our fleet to welcome you onboard again. Since our first announcement, many of you have expressed concern for our crew, and I want to reassure you that we are continuing to take good care of them.”

Hagen said he is seeing signs of hope in Europe. “I am delighted to note that in the past couple of weeks, hope has emerged here in Europe. In Switzerland, restaurants and shops opened two weeks ago, and I must admit it was a great treat to go to my favorite Italian restaurant the other day. Last week, I had my first day in the office – with a mask and proper distancing. It now also looks as though the local borders in Europe are starting to open up.”

Viking plans to launch the ocean ship Viking Venus Early next year and, in 2022, will welcome new expedition vessels, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, that will sail the Arctic, Antarctic and North America’s Great Lakes, and a modern river vessel, Viking Mississippi.

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