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Princess Cruises goes green with new port power facility

Date Posted: 01 Sep 2009
Holidaymakers concerned about the carbon emissions of cruise holidays will be glad to hear that Princess Cruises ' vessels have started plugging in to clean hydroelectric power while docked in a bid to save energy.

The company's cruise liners including Coral Princess and Dawn Princess will get their electricity from the Port of Vancouver's new shore power facility while making stopovers.

Canada Place's innovative shore power technology is the third of its kind after Alaska's and Seattle's power ports.

"We've been committed to shore power for many years, so we're pleased we can now 'plug in' our ships at Port Metro Vancouver," explained Charlie Ball, president of Princess Tours.

"We know that local air quality issues are important to the community and we're proud to join with all those involved in realising this important environmental initiative."

Other ports including Los Angeles and San Francisco plan to invest in the new technology, which prevents onboard diesel-powered engines from being used while the ships are docked.

Improvements in onboard facilities are making cruise holidays more accessible to disabled passengers, according to Tourism For All.

Written by Chris Smith.


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