Royal Caribbean’s 2020 Sustainability Report Highlights Commitment to Continuous Progress

The 2020 ‘Seastainability’ Report highlights Royal Caribbean Group (RCG)’s commitment to a continuous pursuit of progress. Cruise ships are cleaner, improving with each new class of ships. RCG’s sustainability targets focus on energy consumption reduction, emissions purification, sustainable tours and destinations, sustainable sourcing, waste management, and plastics reduction.

Royal Caribbean and Certified Tour Operators

Over 2,000 sustainable shore excursions are now offered across the RCG fleet, far surpassing their initial goal of 1,000 by 2020. The tour operators offering these tours are certified to the GSTC Criteria. Tour operators participated in several capacity-building sessions that introduced the importance of sustainability and certification through GSTC-Accredited Certification Bodies. The sessions included webinars, one-on-one information sessions and presentations at key industry events.

Royal Caribbean Group has completed GSTC Destination Assessments in CocoCay and Labadee. They aim to have their private destinations certified to the GSTC Destination Criteria by 2022. RCG also helped support GSTC Destination Assessments in Cozumel, Mexico; Roatán, Honduras and Belize.

Read the full report

The sustainability report is organized into four main sections that convey RCG’s approach to sustainability. The sections – Purpose, Places, People and Reporting – highlight their most compelling stories that exemplify their drive to innovate and think beyond the here and now.

The sustainability report includes in-depth background information, including their Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Index, 2020 Performance Tables and the Methodology used, which was updated to reflect current trends and priorities.

Additionally, RCG aligned their performance data table with the recommendations of the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB).

Royal Caribbean Group is committed to transparently reporting ongoing progress and invites you to visit periodically for updates throughout the year.

Royal Caribbean Group’s 2020 ‘Seastainability’ Report (September, 2021)

Become a Certified Sustainable Tour Operator

Sustainability certification (also known as an eco-label) for tour operators is a voluntary, third-party assessment through an audit to ensure compliance with sustainable tourism standards. GSTC does not conduct certification. Global Certification Bodies (CB) conduct certification, while GSTC acts as the international body for sustainable tourism certification.

Tour operators certified by a GSTC-Accredited CB can use the GSTC logo along with the CB’s mark. The logos are also shared with OTAs and other buyers of tours.

Learn more about how to become certified as a sustainable tour operator.