Shameless? Crystal Cruises will charge High amount of money for tourists to see melting Arctic and polar bears in their disappearing habitat
- Luxurious month-long grand tour will give tourists the chance to see endangered Arctic animals and threatened icy landscape
- Trip is set to appeal to lovers of the great outdoors but there is no mention of the cruise’s environmental impact in the brochure
- ‘Once-in-a-lifetime expeditionary voyage’ is being offered by Crystal Cruises from almost 23,800 dollars
- Ship will embark from the Gulf of Alaska on August 16, 2016
- Company claims its cruise ship will be the first to traverse the Northwest Passage – a sea route that’s becoming more accessible due to melting ice
- Holiday includes expeditions, kayaking trips and lectures by experts
In 2008, cruise company Carnival said that on average, its ships released 712kg of carbon dioxide per kilometre.
Taking into consideration the number of passengers they carried, experts worked out that a journey was 36 times as damaging as a Eurostar trip when it came to carbon emissions, although unlike the Eurostar, people were living on board for a period of time.
As well as damaging emissions, the United Nations Environment Programme’s magazine, Our Planet, estimated that the average cruise ship generates 7.7lbs (3.5kg) of rubbish per holiday maker, every day
Some of the ships also emit sewage and bilge water, with one cruise ship estimated to produce 19 tonnes of solid waste daily