We understand that the environmental impact of cruise ships is a matter of increasing importance, and we are committed to taking significant steps to minimize our footprint.
We want to assure you that one of the major factors in choosing Swan Hellenic as a partner is their commitment to their rigorous sustainability practices. Swan Hellenic goes above and beyond in adopting all the additional voluntary standards of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
Thanks to advanced hydrodynamic design Swan Hellenic ship’s fuel consumption is 20-40% more efficient than the current standard. All Swan Hellenic ships feature Tier III diesel-electric generation with Selective Catalytic Reduction units to reduce harmful emissions. These include a Urea Injection System to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions where required.
Dynamic positioning systems mean every Swan Hellenic ship can stay in position avoiding dropping anchor in fragile environments and preventing damage to delicate ecosystems.
Also, our ultra-low consumption LED lighting and intelligent climate control systems are used throughout our fleet. Advanced potable water treatment systems purify, mineralize, and carbonate freshly prepared pure drinking water, eliminating the need for bottled water. Water dispensers are provided throughout each ship for our guests’ convenience.
The interior design of every Swan Hellenic ship prioritizes sustainability-certified natural, recycled, and recyclable materials, together with low-solvent textiles and surface coverings. Stateroom toiletries, including shampoo and body wash, are provided in reusable dispenser units made of recycled plastic. All toiletries and soap products provided and used are free of cocamide, EDTA, formaldehyde, parabens, silicone, and colorants.
All cleaning products used are Ecobal certified, fully biodegradable, and made from raw materials of natural origin. Single-use plastics are reduced to an unavoidable bare minimum on board. Swan Hellenic makes every effort, working closely with supply chain partners, to continually reduce this still further. We use paper straws and refillable glass water bottles in our guest staterooms and refillable water carafes in our restaurants.
Complimentary metal water bottles are provided for all guests to use on their expeditions and excursions. Swan Hellenic has a paperless policy and where unavoidable aims to print on recycled or forest-certified paper. This paperless policy is supported by providing comprehensive guest information on our stateroom Smart TV system and Smartphone App. Also, all onboard waste is recycled in accordance with the latest MARPOL regulations.
All our sustainability commitments are constantly aligned with the latest advances, which Swan Hellenic monitors constantly to ensure a steadily reducing environmental footprint. We have an Officer with specific responsibility for environmental matters on every ship in our fleet, both to ensure full compliance with all the above and to actively support continuous improvement.
Additionally, we are collecting Cloud Data for Climate Research. Clouds affect how much sunlight is absorbed by the earth and how much heat escapes back into space. By observing and recording cloud cover timed to NASA satellite flyovers, we can help scientists understand how surface and air temperatures are affected by cloud cover, and how clouds respond to climate change.
Guests on our cultural expedition cruises exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, Svalbard Archipelago, and Greenland are accompanied to the top deck twice a day by their designated expedition guide when the satellite is passing over. They are then guided to use the NASA Globe Observer App to upload Cloud Observations and Atmospheric Measurements during each 10–15-minute session.
We only use WWF-approved sustainable fish and source the food we serve locally whenever possible. Striving to always offer a selection of prime local specialties, wines, beers, and spirits, we aim to take our guests on voyages of gastronomic discovery that reduce food miles and support local economies.
All Swan Hellenic expeditions and excursions by Zodiac follow strict biosecurity protocols that reduce any impact on the environment to a minimum and fully comply with the standards of and our obligations as members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).
Finally, we are members of the Save the Ocean initiative of the EU Commission and will start seawater sampling in remote areas for research on microplastic and heavy metal pollution in partnership with EU universities. We would like to also note that at Swan Hellenic we don’t use high-energy consumption vehicles, such as helicopters and other toys.