The Impact of Small vs. Large Cruise Ships The Impact of Small vs.
Compare that to traditional cruise ships, the largest of which carry well over 5, passengers, not including entertainment staff and crew. Some estimates put the larger cruise ships at up to tons of fuel burned per day roughly 80, gallons.
Meanwhile, our schooners Rembrandt van Rijn and Noorderlicht can sometimes sail by wind power during parts of their voyages, if the weather cooperates.
This means they can easily be used again for such purposes in a limited way, such as when scientists need to do small-scale polar work. We often have researchers on board who are experts in such fields as glaciology, meteorology, and other climate-related sciences. Indeed, our guides often have backgrounds in these fields.
Two of the specific projects we have assisted with recently include the placement of Argo weather profilers and the study of invasive species. And we are proud, active, longtime members of both AECO and IAATOwith many of our principal colleagues serving in chief positions within these organizations.
Indeed, carbon emissions per passenger usually drop with larger cruise ships compared to smaller ones. This cruises as a single passenger because there is a rule of AECO and IAATO that states there can be no more than guests on shore at any one time, regardless of whether your ship holds or — the current limit that a ship can be classified as an expedition cruise vessel.
However you measure it, impact is a complex and systemic issue that requires equally systemic and complex solutions. Image by Richard Wadey.