In everything we do, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is ever conscious of a very special, and very certain, responsibility. Simply put, we must protect the marine
environment and sustain the well-being of the people and places we serve. Because we know that clean oceans are good for the environment, good for our guests and
good for our business, we strive to achieve the highest possible standards of environmental and community stewardship. By following strict company policies and
practices and using innovative technologies, we conduct our business Above and Beyond Compliance (what we call "ABC") with existing laws and regulations. Our beautiful
oceans and their rich marine life demand nothing less. This commitment is expressed through our Save the Waves® program.
What began in 1992 as a program focused on
waste management has evolved into a company-wide philosophy of social responsibility, environmental protection and good corporate citizenship that guides every facet of
our business operations. We could not achieve any of our stewardship objectives without the daily dedication of our employees, from our headquarters in Miami to our crew
members onboard each of our ships. Innovation is encouraged and rewarded at every level of the company. We also recognize that our ocean-traveling guests are natural advocates
for marine conservation, so we strive to nurture a level of engagement with our passengers, whatever their age, about these important issues. And no matter what we have already
accomplished, we are driven by two words: continuous improvement.
At Royal Caribbean, we believe that companies can be financially successful while also serving as stewards of the environment and the communities we operate in.
We take this responsibility very seriously, and we feel it is inextricably linked with our continued success as an industry-leading cruise line.
We hope you will join us aboard one of our Royal Caribbean International ships and see Save the Waves® in practice for yourself.
I invite you to read more about our environmental stewardship efforts in our 2008 Stewardship Report.
Richard D. Fain
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
save the waves ®
For nearly 40 years, our company has carried out a wide variety of environmental activities. In 1992, we formalized those efforts into a program we call Save The Waves®. Since its creation, the Save The Waves® program has evolved from a program focused on reducing, reusing and recycling waste to a companywide philosophy that is integrated into the daily operations onboard all our ships.
Save the Waves® has become an integral part of each crew member's job and is the backbone of daily operations onboard our ships. There are four key principles of Save The Waves®:
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Reduce the generation of waste material, reuse and recycle wherever possible, and properly dispose of remaining wastes.
- Practice Pollution Prevention - Nothing may be thrown overboard. Nothing.
- Go Above and Beyond Compliance (ABC) - means doing more than is required by regulations.
- Continuous Improvement - Change is the only constant; innovation is encouraged and rewarded.
the ocean fund ®
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises, established the Ocean Fund in 1996 to support marine conservation organizations in conserving the world's oceans. The mission of the Ocean Fund is to support
efforts to restore and maintain a healthy marine environment, minimize the impact of human activity on this environment, and promote awareness of ocean and coastal issues and respect for marine life.