The Baltic Sea is one of the most threatened marine ecosystems on the planet. Decades of human activity in and around the sea continue to negatively impact its sensitive environment.
Vegan Travel + Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) take environmental responsibility extremely seriously and have implemented a range of sustainable practices in order to limit emissions, waste, noise and energy usages. The European Union has implemented strict policies which include heavy fuel oil bans and restricted territorial areas to maintain and protect the ecosystems of the region.
We are aware and sensitive to the need to maintain an ecological balance between human activities and the beauty and proliferation of nature. Our policy aims at responsible environmental protection; our objective is to prevent any type of contamination in our operations, as well as producing minimum impact in the places where we have our excursions.
Environmental Protection Practices
On the Vasco da Gama…
- Prior to weighing anchor, we hold a meeting with the passengers, in which information about life on board is provided. One of the main points we emphasize is the commitment that Vegan Travel and CMV have with the environment. Our all vegan cruises are meant to be enjoyable, but we must not forget about the environment doing so. In order to transmit this ideology, we explain what must be done to prevent the seas from being contaminated.
- We motivate the responsible use of towels aboard ship, explaining the ecological cost of washing practically unused towels.
Our ships have treatment systems for sewage, gray water, and organic waste, established by the SOLAS Standard (Marpol).
- All solid waste is separated, compacted, and unloaded in ports.
- For the comfort and enjoyment of our guests, our ships are designated as non-smoking; however, we recognize that some of our guests do smoke. Therefore, to provide an onboard environment that also satisfies smokers, we have designated a few outdoor smoking areas. Passengers are shown where they are located on the first day so they can prevent cigarette waste from going into the sea.
- Internal recycling of paper used for passenger information / daily program is done.
- Every passenger cabin has a brochure explaining our concern for taking care of the natural environment.
Sanitation and Waste Disposal
Innovative policies are in place when it comes to waste disposal and sanitation procedures. Where possible, waste is treated onboard to reduce its volume. Once transferred to land, waste materials are disposed of according to local rules and regulations. All sewage treatment systems have been certified and approved by the International Marine Organization and by local coast guard regulatory agencies. The sewage system on board the Vasco da Game is able to treat grey water produced from sinks, showers and laundry to a much higher standard than shoreside treatment plants. Special technology is also utilized to ensure that only clean water is discharged to sea. Vegan Travel’s cruises ALL operate without burning heavy fuel oil, so the ship utilises low sulfur fuels to lessen environmental impact, and high-tech systems are in place to reduce harmful air emissions. Most countries we travel to have strict environmental policies, so the Vasco da Gama goes above and beyond to comply with these regulations.
Passengers are encouraged to play a role in limited energy consumption while onboard and are given the option to reuse towels as opposed to having them washed on a daily basis. Bathrooms have been designed to limit water wastage, and the special eVac toilet systems use only a couple of liters per flush as opposed to the standard seven.
All cabins come with state-of-the-art adjustable climate control, and all air-conditioning / heating systems have been chosen with energy-efficiency in mind. The entire hull of the ship has been painted with eco-friendly silicon paint to limit its effect on the environment and allow it to cut through the water more efficiently.
Food and Recycling
Vegan Travel + CMV aim to carefully forecast food consumption in a bid to limit food waste. Where possible, food is sourced from suppliers that are located near to transit points to reduce CO2 emissions from the food delivery process. Food products are also selected based on their packaging, and limit plastic packaging is preferred.
A strict recycling policy is in place whereby garbage is separated, and batteries and cleaning products are all recycled. Cleaning products are chosen carefully, and green products are used when possible. A chemical information database is available for passengers who want more information on the different types of products and chemicals that are used on board.
Other Special Features
Here you find a selection of vegan important persons (VIPs) who joined our past cruises. The special guests joining our cruise to the Baltic Sea will be announced soon!