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I've read about all the new energy saving technology involved with the new ICON Class ships being built, but what does this really all mean for the average cruiser?

How and why will this make for a better cruising experience?

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Beyond it being a new class of ship with unknown new activities the environmental aspects represent a ongoing trend towards less pollution being generated.  

Symphony is 20% more efficient compared to her sisters.  That reduces emissions and lowers operating costs over the lifecycle of the ship.  

I haven’t looked at the numbers involved with LNG but a significant aspect of LNG is much lower emissions.   

At some point in the future all ships will be required to further reduce emissions,  50 or 100 years from now will look very different from today.  Icon is a step in that direction.  

Quite frankly any reduction in operating costs is passed onto cruisers.  It’s very competitive and they need to contain operating costs to continue to offer affordable vacation choices for the masses.  They can’t afford to return to the days when only affluent people could cruise.  

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Cruise ships have been getting a lot of bad press lately, I think these new more efficient ships are the industries way to show they are doing something about the issues. I also think that some people need all the bells and whistles to cruise so this attracts more customers, especially the ones on the fence about trying there first cruise.

Kinda 2 birds with one stone effect.

 

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12 hours ago, Rob&Ana said:

Cruise ships have been getting a lot of bad press lately, I think these new more efficient ships are the industries way to show they are doing something about the issues. 

Kind of ironic.  Cruise ships account for a very, very small number of ships sailing the seven seas compared to the tankers, container and cargo ships.  

"Fixing" a few dozens ships looks good, ignoring thousands of others is typical media and society in general.  

Go to marinetraffic.com.  How many cruise ships do you see versus all the rest?

Green = Cargo

Red = Tankers

Blue = Passenger (including cruise ships)

But let's single out the cruise ships because they generate clicks for "news" outlets.  Cargo ships?  Not so much.  

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Agree with @twangster......but in todays society that's they way it goes. Its like that when it comes to straws or paying a carbon tax on my gas in Canada. It does nothing in the big picture problem..but scores points for politicians and business's.

 

As for the OP's question...it will make NO difference...you will not see a penny of the savings that Royal makes.

 

You will probably pay MORE for cruises on those ships that Royal saves money on.....they are in it for themselves and the $$ they can make, not to pass those savings onto the customer.

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7 hours ago, monctonguy said:

Agree with @twangster......but in todays society that's they way it goes. Its like that when it comes to straws or paying a carbon tax on my gas in Canada. It does nothing in the big picture problem..but scores points for politicians and business's.

 

As for the OP's question...it will make NO difference...you will not see a penny of the savings that Royal makes.

 

You will probably pay MORE for cruises on those ships that Royal saves money on.....they are in it for themselves and the $$ they can make, not to pass those savings onto the customer.

Of coarse the are in it for the $$ but supply and demand sets the price not RCI.

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It is very likely tied to IMO 2020.  New regulations intended to cut sulfur.  That regulation could result in higher costs for the cruise line which then gets passed along.  The question would really be the amount of impact and would that make them less competitive. 

 

Alternatively, the cruise industry has been looking to offset the risk of higher prices through alternative fuel sources.

You can see more by looking at an article by McKinsey and Company:  https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/oil-and-gas/our-insights/imo-2020-and-the-outlook-for-marine-fuels

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Deck 2 will be converted for the placement of OARS.  There will be rowing skills competition. As well as if you misbehave you will be sent rowing and not to the galley.  No more time outs for the kids.    Everybody sing along..  ROW ROW ROW YOUR SHIP.  GENTLY ACROSS THE OCEAN.  The fuel savings will be so great that the big muck a mucks will see nice year end bonuses. As for the rest of us we will get something in the effect of perhaps an admission price at COCO CAY.  Or a 2 for 1 deluxe drink package for $ 150 perhaps.  Sign of the times.   You just never know what evil lurks out there.    

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