Assessing the full environmental impact of cruise holidays

environmental-impact-of-cruise-holidaysA presentation on the topic “What is the environmental impact of a cruise holiday?” has been posted on Slideshare having been originally delivered at the event “Contemporary Perspectives in Tourism and Hospitality Research: Policy, Practice and Performance”, which took place between 12-14 July 2015, University of Brighton.

The authors used Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) – a technique more commonly found in manufacturing and engineering – to examine the carbon footprint of a cruise holiday, and compare this to a conventional hotel stay. According to the authors, “cruising is the 21st century equivalent of wearing fur: luxurious, but morally questionable!”

In Brief
  • 20.9 million people went on a cruise in 2012
  • It takes approx 100,000 tonnes of materials to build a typical cruise ship
  • The authors estimate that a cruise holiday is responsible for around 4 times as many CO2 emissions as an equivalent hotel-based holiday.
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Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith is the editor and co-founder of Travindy. He is a writer and communications consultant working for a more responsible and sustainable tourism industry. He is the author of two books, writes a fortnightly blog on responsible tourism for World Travel Market, and provides consultancy to a wide range of companies and organisations, ranging from National Parks to individual hotels and tour operators.

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