Eco Tourism and the Australian Cruise Ship Industry

February 20, 2016 Green Tourism Australia Cruise ShipsGreen Tourism

Royal Caribbean cruises from Sydney

Much has been said in the Australian media of late about cruise ships and their impact on our environment.

However, there are some cruise lines who have responded to these challenges by implementing various strategies to combat this. For those that do love cruise ship holidays, but are also aware of the negative impact that these large vessels can have on the natural environment, these measure are a welcome response.

Royal Caribbean cruise lines is one of these companies who are leading the charge for a cleaner and more eco-friendly cruise holiday. One of the most notable eco-friendly measures that they have introduced is a commitment to significantly minimise the waste from the cruise ship and the cruise passenger. From a practical perspective, this has been implemented in a variety of ways, including buying food stuffs in bulk to eliminate individual packaging, right through to phasing out plastic drinking water bottles onboard in favour of bio-degradable options.

Celebrity Cruises is another cruise line that has made a significant commitment to eco-tourism whilst at the same time continuing to offer exciting cruise holidays. The Celebrity Solstice cruise ship (which operates out of Sydney, Australia) has recently undergone renovations which include the installation of solar panels as well as LED lighting throughout the entire ship. This has resulted in significant benefits for both the cruise company itself (in the form of lower power operating costs) as well as the obvious benefits to the environment.

Cruise Agency is a cruise travel agency based in the heart of Sydney, Australia who we have found to have a genuine commitment to the Australian cruise industry AND the environment. Give them a call today and speak to them about eco-friendly cruise options. Their offices are located at 21 Craigend Street Darlinghurst, or phone them on (local call charges) 1300 369 806.

So now you know that there are options out there if you are planning to take cruise holiday from one of the major cruise lines – you can enjoy your cruise holiday in the knowledge that practical steps are being taking by these companies to reduce our impact on the environment and our planet.


Paperbark Camp

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For residents and visitors of New South Wales, there are tons of green tourism options that offer a range of different experiences. This allows the vacationer to enjoy the scenery and activities of the region’s natural expanses without having an adverse effect on the ecosystem while they are there.

One resort that offers an Australian bushland experience that has a limited impact on the surrounding habitat is Paperbark Camp. The resort is located on Jervis Bay and the accommodations include luxury safari tents that keep the vacationers close to nature while also allowing them some of life’s creature comforts. Prices range from $340 to $475 per night for a couple and it does not have accommodations that are suitable for children.

The Paperbark Camp gets some of the highest ratings possible for its commitment to sustainable vacationing. The tents were designed and built to fit in with the landscape and have minimal impact on their surroundings. Accommodations are equipped with a variety of fittings and fixtures that are intended to keep the camp in tune with the environment.

A holiday in a setting such as this is going to be a very relaxing option. Similar to other low-key relaxing holidays (such as a Euro River Cruises or other options available through Tourism Australia) the green credentials of this holiday and tourism establishment cannot be understated.

They employ only natural ventilation, tents are equipped with solar lighting, collected rainwater is used when possible and water saving toilets and showers are installed.

Along with being one of the most ecofriendly resorts, this location has a wide-range of recreational opportunities. Visitors will find plenty of trails for hiking and there are places for water sports such as kayaking, swimming, surfing and canoeing. The Paperbark Camp has 12 safari tents that range from the luxury tent to the more expensive deluxe and each site has its own bathroom and veranda.


Old Leura Dairy

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Old Leura Dairy

The New South Wales region offers some of the best natural settings for a vacation. While these locations can provide vacationers with the experience of a lifetime, it is also important to make sure that our recreation has minimal impact on the environment. To help ensure responsible stewardship, many resorts provide options for green tourism.

For a resort that is not only an amazing natural retreat, but also friendly to the environment, tourists will love the Old Leura Dairy. The accommodations are in Leura with the resort itself being amongst the Blue Mountains. The largest cabins can accommodate up to 11 people and it is designed to be accessible to children and the disabled. Prices range from $175 to $350 and there are discounts available for larger parties and extended stays.

When it comes to being eco-friendly, the Old Leura Dairy takes a variety of steps to limit the impact on the environment. The buildings are largely constructed of recycled materials and the design takes advantage of a variety of sustainable building principles. The cabins make use of thermal mass and passive solar design to limit the impact of heating and cooling and the management takes steps to maintain the habitat by keeping gardens and using environmentally friendly products in the upkeep of the resort.

Guests at this resort can also speak with the local tourism authority in the area who can arrange a wide variety of activities on their behalf including; last minute cruises, family holidays, bush walking tours, and many other interesting tourist activities. Alternatively you can also contact Tourism NSW direct for further options.

Visitors also have a range of activities that are available to them. From scenic hiking trails in the Blue Mountains to the shops, restaurants and golf courses of Leura, vacationers will have plenty of options. Cabins range from 1-5 bedrooms and all lodges have their own kitchens and bathrooms.


Alpine accommodations

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Alpine Accommodation

Green tourism offers the opportunity to experience some of the world’s natural treasures in a way that limits the impact on the environment. In New South Wales, there are plenty of options for ecotourism for residents and visitors alike.

The alpine cottages of the Snowy Mountain offer a one of a kind experience that can be great for families and couples. Located in the Crackenback Valley, tourists can find 18 self-contained cottages that offer a sustainable wilderness vacation. Rates for these cottages currently range from $190 to $250 in the summer and $225 to $570 in the winter.

The environmental initiative of the resort includes the use of sustainable design techniques in the building of the cabins and the use of environmentally sound management of the land and facilities. The cabins are nestled into the landscape in order to have a minimal impact on the ecosystem and the construction of the buildings employs practices such as passive solar design and thermal mass. Along with that, the resort also uses sustainable practices in regard to electricity, water and waste management.

The cottages of the Snowy Mountains not only offer a scenic vacation that is environmentally friendly, but they also offer a range of activities. Tourists will find great access to fishing, hiking, horse riding, skiing and boating.

This resort can be booked through your local travel agent. It has a range of accommodations that can suit parties of 2-4 that include cabins with 2 king-sized beds, 4 single beds or 1 king and 2 singles. Each cabin has full cooking facilities including a Weber grill and a shared laundry is available.