Less than five years ago the world’s first hybrid cruise ship, Hurtigruten Expeditions’ MS Roald Amundsen, set sail for Antarctica in November 2019 with 450 passengers. The battery-hybrid-powered ship, named for the first man to cross the continent and reach the South Pole, was built specifically for voyages in polar waters. Its battery-hybrid power reduces the ship’s consumption and CO2 emissions by 20 percent compared to equally sized ships.
Currently, Hurtigruten Expeditions boasts three battery-hybrid ships in its seven-ship fleet. In addition to MS Roald Amundsen in Antarctica, the carbon-neutral MS Santa Cruz II sails in the Galápagos, and MS Fridtjof Nansen sails to expedition-ripe locations around the world.
Not content to rest on its laurels and as part of its Sea Zero project, Hurtigruten Group recently unveiled Hurtigruten Norway’s plans for its first zero-emission cruise ship, slated to sail in 2030. The company plans to eventually transform its entire fleet into zero-emission vessels.
Following Hurtigruten’s lead, Silversea Cruises made its first foray into the world of hybrid ships with the 728-guest Silver Nova, which set sail in the Mediterranean in August. The first of the luxury cruise line’s Nova-class ships using hybrid technology and fuel cells, Silver Nova is expected to achieve a cruise industry first: emission-free operation in port by using fuel cells and batteries, with a 40 percent overall reduction in its greenhouse gas emission per double suite when compared to its previous class of ships.
Silver Nova sails in the Caribbean and Central and South America this winter before traveling up the West Coast to spend summer 2024 in Alaska. In September 2024 she’ll make a transoceanic voyage to Asia and then on to Australia and New Zealand.
Celebrity Cruises introduced its Edge series of ships in 2018, with sustainability goals to make the class of ships the most energy-efficient large vessels at sea. Ascent is the newest ship in the series, debuting in December, and will feature a new engine model that provides fuel flexibility — the option to use three types of fuel, including methanol.
“By incorporating tri-fueled engines, we are ensuring that as alternative, low-carbon-based solutions become more viable, our ships will be ready to adapt and drive the industry forward to a more sustainable and net-zero emissions future,” said Jason Liberty, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group, in a press release.
As maritime technology continues to improve, we as travelers can likely expect more options when it comes to hybrid and, in turn, more sustainable and eco-friendly sailings.
Everyone loves a good Christmas tree, but these iconic hotels around the world take it one step further with designer-styled trees illuminating lobbies and public spaces, wowing all who enter. From Lela Rose to Louis Vuitton, don’t miss these ultra-luxury trees redefining tree decorating as we know it.
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.
As another phenomenal year of travel comes to an end, it’s time, as always, for Global Traveler to celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2023 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards. But that's not the only cause for celebration here: We've hit another major milestone, as this marks our 20th year honoring the best of the best inn world of travel!
The highly anticipated GT Tested Reader Survey has more reason to celebrate in 2024 than ever before. This year marks the 20th anniversary of our GT Tested Reader Survey awards, with many of the winning brands earning milestone accolades for years of dedicated and consistent service.
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) believes business travel is a fundamental force for good and brings the industry together to connect, innovate and set new standards. With members from across the globe, GBTA engages the many voices of business travel to build a collective future, providing a platform for buyers and suppliers to come together, connect with peers, grow their network and shape the future of the industry.
Global Traveler Announces the Winners of the 2023 Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Travel Awards
For its third year, Global Traveler awards the airline, cruise line and hotel brand best representing diversity, equity and inclusion within the travel industry. Over the past year Global Traveler analyzed many airlines, cruise lines and hotel brands to determine which companies prove most committed to changing the world through diversity and inclusion.
If you’re ready to do a little holiday catch-up with your besties, make a beeline for Conrad New York Downtown. The lobby metamorphosed into a holiday forest of heavenly scented, decorated Virginia Spruce trees. Make your first stop ATRIO Barista Station in the lobby for a complimentary hot spiced apple cider (until Dec. 3) or hot chocolate (Dec. 22–24).
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