Crystal River Cruises’ Fleet Receives Green Award Certification
The award-winning sister ships of Crystal River Cruises – Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel – have all earned Green Award certification. The certificate recognizes ships that demonstrate exceptional safety and environmental standards.
Established in 1994, Green Award seeks to promote responsible environmental practices among sea-going vessels, establishing the certification for inland shipping and river ships in 2011. They are decided by a panel of global maritime industry members representing, both, public and private entities, who adhere to the foundation’s stringent evaluation protocols.
“The same exacting attention to detail that Crystal is famous for offering our guests has been applied to the design and operations of our ships. We understand and appreciate the fact that in order to continue to explore the great waterways of Europe and the world, we must help take care of them,” said Walter Littlejohn, vice president and managing director of Crystal River Cruises. “The Green Award certification is a wonderful affirmation that our efforts are making a difference in the communities and the world around us.”
Crystal’s new-build ships, introduced in 2017 and 2018, are designed to meet the highest possible specifications for efficiency in operations, environmental protection and sustainability standards. Each ship features a diesel-electric power plant, allowing fuel to be consumed more efficiently for propulsion and to generate electricity; advanced wastewater treatment systems; captains are specifically trained to always minimize engine loads and fuel consumption by adjusting ships’ speeds and connecting to shore power when in port.