Royal Caribbean International is known for driving innovation at sea and has been continuously redefining cruise vacationing since our launch in 1969. Each successive class of ships is an architectural marvel, pushing the envelope of what is possible for a cruise ship. Onboard, our global cruise line has debuted countless industry firsts – rock climbing, ice skating, and surfing at sea, to name a few – that capture the imagination of every Royal Caribbean International passenger. Our guests sail on exciting itineraries to some of the world’s most popular destinations while enjoying Royal Caribbean’s friendly and engaging service.
The very essence of our business depends on the health and vibrancy of the oceans and our overall environment. Royal Caribbean is committed to conserving and protecting our environment by implementing and following strict company policies, practices, regulations, and special initiatives that we call “Above and Beyond Compliance”, or “ABC”. Our ABC policy is designed to help us achieve the highest possible standards of environmental and community stewardship.
In 1992, we launched our Save the Waves program, which started with a focus on waste management and evolved into a company-wide philosophy of social responsibility, environmental protection, and eco-friendly sustainable practices that guide our business.
Our ships are built and retrofitted to operate more efficiently with less impact on the environment. We repurpose 100 percent of all cargo-associated and operational waste, and our wastewater purification levels on many of our ships exceed national and international standards.
Through our Ocean Fund, created in 1996, more than $13 million has been spent on marine conservation and education programs, including climate change and environmental research projects at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
In early 2016, Royal Caribbean and the World Wildlife Fund announced a five-year global partnership to help ensure the long-term health of the oceans. The partners will set measurable and achievable sustainability targets that will further reduce Royal Caribbean’s environmental footprint, raise awareness about ocean conservation among the company’s more than five million guests, and support WWF’s global oceans conservation work.
Our goals include reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent by 2020, and responsibly sourcing 90 percent of our wild-caught seafood by volume from sustainable fisheries by 2020.
Royal Caribbean staff are also committed to making our communities better places to live, work, and visit. Since 1997, thousands of Royal Caribbean employees have been volunteering their time during GIVE Day, an annual community event with projects in the US, Europe, South America, Asia, and the Caribbean. Our many projects include neighborhood development, civic drives, environmental improvement, and disaster recovery.
Royal Caribbean enjoys ongoing partnerships with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way, Pan American Development Foundation, and more.