Luxury boutique cruise line SeaDream Yacht Club will upgrade its entire fleet with shore power connectivity, enabling zero emissions in ports.
Being able to connect to shoreside electricity enables the yachts to turn off their engines and reduce emissions to zero in ports that offer shore power facilities.
The upgrades make SeaDream Yacht Club the first luxury cruise line to retrofit its entire fleet with shore power connectivity.
“This is a significant milestone and an important step in our journey to more sustainable cruising,” said Andreas Brynestad of SeaDream Yacht Club.
SeaDream II successfully underwent the upgrade during a recent planned yard-stay at Naval Rocha Yard in Lisbon, Portugal. Identical sister ship SeaDream I will be upgraded during her planned yard stay in April 2024.
“Visiting some of the most beautiful and spectacular destinations on the planet comes with a responsibility. We are committed to having a positive impact in the communities and destinations we visit. Our employees, our guests, and our partners are all an important part of our ambition to inspire more sustainable travel,” said Brynestad.
Since founding modern yacht cruising in 2001, SeaDream Yacht Club has shaped and defined boutique cruising as the antithesis of mass tourism.
The recent upgrade of shore power capabilities marks the latest in a decades-long commitment to sustainability in luxury travel.
SeaDream’s yachting itineraries are optimized for slower speed and lower fuel consumption, significantly reducing fuel consumption and emissions compared to traditional cruises.
SeaDream was the first luxury cruise line to ban the use of cheap, polluting heavy fuel oil (HFO).
Since 2013, the company has powered its yachts with lighter, less polluting fuel, significantly reducing emissions.
More than a decade ago, they were the first cruise line to introduce a full plant-based menu.
Offering the widest selection of plant-based alternatives at sea, as well as sourcing more goods locally and minimising food waste, substantially contributes to a reduced carbon footprint.
SeaDream Yacht Club was the first luxury cruise line to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic across the fleet, replacing plastic items with more sustainable options or removing single-use items altogether.
SeaDream guests receive a personalised glass bottle, which can be refilled at water stations across the yachts, significantly reducing the number of plastic water bottles.
In addition, biodegradable, organic luxury bath amenities from Elm Organics Norway are available in all staterooms and suites.
All SeaDream Yacht Club voyages include late-night departures, often with overnight stays, aiming to maximise time spent in port for deeper cultural immersion and enhance local value creation for local communities and businesses.
For further information call 0800 058 4818 or visit www.seadream.com
Source: Kate Selley PR
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