Sustainability at Carnival UK

What is sustainable development?

Sustainable development is about taking committed action to look after today and tomorrow. It’s about doing the right things now for society, the environment and our economies whilst ensuring future generations also have opportunities to thrive.

Today we are more aware than ever of the impact we have on the world around us and the importance of living sustainable lives to preserve and protect the future for our children and the generations to come.

What does sustainable development mean for Carnival UK?

We’re part of the world’s largest leisure travel company and collectively we create unforgettable holiday happiness every single day for hundreds of thousands of people. With that purpose comes the responsibility to do what we can to take care of the communities we touch, the environment we impact and the people we work with. 

Sustainable development is so important for our business. By making sustainable choices we are protecting our Carnival UK brands and setting ourselves up to succeed in the future.

Why is it important?

Because it’s important to our Guests: they recognise their choices have an impact on the environment and society and therefore their decision to sail with us will be influenced by our approach to sustainability as well as our ethical and moral practices. Quite simply, if we don’t live up to our Guests’ ever-increasing expectations, they’ll choose to find unforgettable holiday happiness somewhere else.

Because It’s important to us: we all want to work somewhere we feel valued and are treated fairly, where there is opportunity to grow and succeed and where we connect to a company’s values.

Because it’s important to the communities we touch: where and how we buy the things we need for our ships, the destinations we travel to and the people here in Southampton – we must contribute to local economies, respect traditions, and preserve individuality and way of life to build strong and lasting relationships.

Because it’s important to our planet: we have an obligation to help protect the natural environments we inhabit – our oceans in which we travel, the air we breathe, our homes and everywhere in-between. Not only is it the right thing to do, but by looking after our planet and protecting the incredible places we’re privileged to visit we’ll have the freedom to create unforgettable holiday happiness for our guests well into the future.

What are we doing about sustainable development?

We are already doing good things to drive our business in a sustainable way and as a corporation we have committed to a number of goals including:

  • a reduction of our Carbon footprint
  • investing in systems to improve our air emissions quality
  • waste water purification
  • waste reduction
  • wellbeing
  • And diversity to name a few.

To read more about our sustainability work please visit our brand websites. You can also read Carnival Corporation’s full sustainability report by visiting the link below:

Cunard sustainability | P&O Cruises sustainability | Carnival Corporation sustainability

Click to on the image below to view our 2030 goals and 2050 aspirations:


Are we going to do more sustainable development?

Yes! There is so much more we can do… we are 16,000 passionate people from all walks of life, all over the globe and we have the opportunity to ensure sustainability is an integral part of who we are by considering the impact of our decisions on people, the planet and profit. 

We have a responsibility to ourselves, our families, our children and our children’s children to ensure we make decisions that are good not only for the short-term, but to safeguard tomorrow.  It’s in our gift to build on the legacy that makes us proud to be a part of Carnival UK, to live up to the value of being a ‘Hero of Safe & Well’. Together we will make a difference.

Keep an eye out for further information on our sustainability strategy and the initiatives that will deliver sustainable development.

So, what is sustainable development to Carnival UK?

It’s the ability to create unforgettable holiday happiness in ways that are good for people, the planet and profit now and for years to come.

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