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Carnival nabs two green awards from port of Seattle

By The Examiner

The cruise line also was acknowledged for its partnership with the Nature Conservancy. Pictured, Carnival Triumph.

The cruise line also was acknowledged for its partnership with the Nature Conservancy. Pictured, Carnival Triumph.

The port of Seattle has bestowed two green awards on Carnival Cruise Line, in recognition of its “environmental stewardship.” The line received the Program Innovator Award and the Green Gateway Partners Award.

Among the environmental efforts Carnival says it pursues to limit its footprint are the use of shore power in select ports, onboard recycling activities, programs to broaden fuel efficiency and reduce emissions, and an extensive waste management plan. The cruise line also was acknowledged for its its partnership with the Nature Conservancy and the development of exhaust gas cleaning technology.

Rabih Aboudargham, director, environmental operations for Carnival Cruise Line, accepted the honors earlier this week at Port of Seattle’s Cruise Annual All Agency Pre-Season Reception held at the World Trade Center on the Seattle waterfront.

“Receiving this recognition from Port of Seattle — one of the leaders in seaport environmental innovation — is truly an honor,” said Aboudargham. “It also is an inspiration to continue seeking new ways to reduce our carbon footprint and preserve and protect our precious natural resources,” he added.

Port of Seattle Commissioner Courtney Gregoire said Carnival “proves by their everyday practices that you can be good environmental stewards while contributing to this region’s economy.”

“As we start another fantastic cruise season, we thank Carnival Cruise Line for making our planet a greener place,” she added.

Like other cruise lines Carnival uses Seattle as a homeport for Alaska cruises during summer season. A weeklong sailing aboard Carnival Legend in July starts at $1,029 per person double. Port calls include Skagway, Juneau, Ketchican and Victoria, along with cruising Tracy Arm Fjord. Dogsledding, mountain hiking and glacier flightseeing are among the cruise’s shore excursions.

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