In recognition of World Oceans Day, Azamara Club Cruises adds a new feature to their onboard enrichment. In collaboration with “World Wildlife at Sea” new educational enrichment experiences will be offered on select voyages and in select ports. This will compliment Azamara’s partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
World Wildlife at Sea Onboard
First, it’s a series of onboard enrichment lectures presented by experts in the fields of marine conservation and sustainable agriculture. Among the speakers will be Nancy Labbe, Manager of Ranching & Conservation at WWF, speaking about the impact of food production on the environment, Aaron McNevin, Director of Sustainable Seafood at WWF, speaking about where the seafood on our plates comes from, and Amy Smith, Manager of Wood Sector Engagement, discussing the role rainforests play in regulating our global ecosystem
World Wildlife in Port
On the special World Wildlife Fund enrichment cruises, WWF speakers will go ashore with guests on specially curated Azamara land tours, related to the speaker’ field of study. For example, in the Campania region of Italy, Nancy Labbe will travel with guests on a visit to an dairy farm. Guests will learn their unique cheese-making process and then have a taste of this region’s signature cheese.
Throughout the excursion, she will speak about the methods farms can implement to mitigate their impact on the environment. Back on board the ship, she will speak to guests about the global demand for food and how we can produce more food with less land, less water, and less agricultural inputs.
Crew Ambassador Program
A World Wildlife Fund Crew Ambassador program led by each ship’s environmental officer will launch along with the WWF Speaker Series. This program will offer more opportunities for guests to learn more about Azamara’s efforts to protect the environment through personal interactions with the crew. The Ambassador will also help organize crew activities in port with local organizations that support the goals of WWF.
Bye bye plastic straws
Azamara, along with the other cruise lines in Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. will no longer hand out plastic straws along with drinks. This is to take effect by the end of 2018. In 2019, the company will then have paper straws to hand out to guests. Eventually, once plastic straws, stirrers and picks are no longer used onboard, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. will work on the elimination of single-use plastic containers like condiment packets, cup and bags.
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