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Follow a leader.
In partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, Royal Caribbean Cruises has embraced a stem-to-stern sustainability push - from shrinking its
carbon footprint to a farsighted seafood-procurement plan - that's setting the bar for cruise lines. Ponder sci-ﬁ-sounding onboard realities,
such as capturing condensation from air conditioners to do laundry, as you ﬂoat on turquoise seas that deserve this kind of innovative thinking. Eight-day western Caribbean departures: January 19 and 26, 2019; from $499.
Dig deep - sometimes literally.
The ﬁrst to develop guidelines
for environmental river cruising
more than ten years ago, Uniworld
River Cruises quickly expanded
its mission to the communities
along its waterways. Now, through
a new partnership with the ME
to WE social enterprise project,
guests can contribute four days of
their elbow grease to the cause -
building schools, installing water
ﬁltration, working in a community
garden - during a 12-day Ganges
River cruise on the 56-passenger
Ganges Voyager II. Departures:
Multiple dates, beginning in January 2019; from $7,299.
Put your binoculars
to good use.
Ever feel like fellow cruisers don't
fully appreciate your diligent
search for whales, porpoises, and
dolphins? No worries. Two spring
sailings of Silversea's 596passenger all-suite Silver Muse
host conservationists from ORCA
(one of the United Kingdom's
charities), who will integrate passengers' citizen-scientist efforts
into their work and further ignite
conservation interest with onboard presentations. Departures:
Tokyo to Seward, Alaska, May 12,
2019, from $5,400; Seward to
Vancouver, British Columbia, May
27, from $4,950.
Break ice -
not the planet.
Channel your inner Shackleton
without compromising your desire
for comfort or your eco-ethics
aboard Ponant's Icebreaker. Coming in 2021, the world's ﬁrst-ever
luxury hybrid electric icebreaker -
with liqueﬁed natural gas propulsion (the cleanest hydrocarbon
out there) - will venture to some
of the world's most extreme and
inspiring locales, including the
geographic North Pole, Greenland's far northeast, and Peter I
Island off Antarctica.
More airlines are investing in biofuels made from renewable sources, such as algae and seaweed.
But there's still a long way to go before we can truly ﬂy green class. When you do travel by air, opt
for nonstop ﬂights versus connections - fewer takeoffs and landings translate into fewer emissions.
Also, use a reliable carbon-offset provider such as MyClimate to compensate for those air miles.
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