Ranked to Prestigious List for the Second Time
CELEBRATION, Florida (July 24, 2013) – Disney Cruise Line has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler magazine as a finalist in the 2013 World Savers Awards, which honor travel companies for exceptional achievements in environmental and social responsibility in education, environmental and cultural preservation, health, poverty relief and wildlife conservation.
“We are honored to be recognized for our efforts in environmental and social responsibility,” said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line. “Our cast and crew members have a passion for making a positive impact in the communities we visit around the world. We continue to strive to be a leader in corporate citizenship and this prestigious award celebrates those efforts.”
This is the second time Disney Cruise Line has been honored. The company was named as a runner-up in the wildlife conservation category and received honorable mentions in the categories of cultural and/or environmental preservation, poverty alleviation and education in 2008. The winner of the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Awards will be announced in the September issue of the magazine.
Disney Cruise Line is dedicated to giving back to communities around the world, and minimizing environmental impact through efforts focused on utilizing new technologies, increasing fuel efficiency, minimizing waste and supporting conservation worldwide.
Disney Cruise Line invites forest rangers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture onboard Alaskan sailings to educate guests on conservation and wildlife. Three naturalists from the Mendenhall Glacier Center sail on each Alaskan cruise, with their expenses covered by Disney. This team hosts presentations for guests, leads youth activities programs for children, interacts with crew members and engages everyone onboard with stories about the nature, wildlife and cultural heritage that made the area famous, while emphasizing the importance of conservation.
Last year, environmental practices at Disney Cruise Line recycled more than 900 tons of metals, glass, plastic and paper and saved 22 million gallons of fresh water by capturing naturally occurring condensation from the ships’ onboard air conditioning units and reusing for laundry and deck cleaning. Disney Cruise Line ships are built with highly efficient insulation and heat reflective paint which has reduced the need for heating, ventilation and cooling systems by 25%; state-of-the-art gearless elevator hoisting technology that is 40% more efficient than standard elevators; and an innovative, low resistance, 100% non-toxic hull coating that reduces drag and increases fuel efficiency. Onboard the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy, overhead winch motors, used to raise and lower scenery for Disney’s shows, actually work to generate electricity during the lowering process which is fed back into the ship’s power grid.
Disney Cruise Line guests, cast and crew members take part in supporting the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF), a global awards program working to inspire individuals and develop partnerships for the protection of wildlife and ecosystems worldwide. DWCF also works to help today’s youth develop lifelong conservation values by connecting them to nature experiences. To date, DWCF has distributed more than $20 million to support nonprofit conservation organizations and projects in 112 countries – and oceans – around the globe. Disney Cruise Line actively supports DWCF, raising more than $694,000 to date through programs such as the 5K “Walk for Wildlife.” Disney researchers are currently engaged in a multi-year project to restore the health of local coral reefs through transplanted long-spined sea urchins native to the area of Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas.
Disney Cruise Line gave more than $620,000 in charitable and in-kind donations in 2012. Cast and crew members volunteered 4,500 hours in port communities in more than 75 different projects, ranging from literacy and reading comprehension programs to the creation of large-scale murals for children’s hospitals, and much more.
Environmental Educational Programs
Disney Cruise Line sponsors and provides guidance for summer eco-camps with local youth in ports of call across The Bahamas and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Disney created an activity booklet titled: “Cruisin’ the Big Blue: Discovering the Sea Life of the Bahamas” in cooperation with Friends of the Environment, a leading environmental group. Supported by the Bahamas National Trust and Ministry of Education, the booklet is currently in use by local schools and educational programs across the region.
Disney Cruise Line has received more than 100 distinguished awards and recognitions from the travel industry since first setting sail in 1998. These awards have included all aspects of the operation from dining and entertainment, to youth activities and spa facilities. For more information on Disney Cruise Line Awards & Accolades, please visit our web site. More information on The Walt Disney Company’s conservation efforts can be found at www.disney.com/conservation. More information on Disney Cruise Line’s environmental efforts can be found at http://dclnews.com/about/environment/ and Disney Cruise Line’s community efforts can be found at http://dclnews.com/about/community/.
Based in Celebration, Fla., Disney Cruise Line is focused on providing a setting where families can reconnect, adults can recharge and children can experience all Disney has to offer. Most recently, Disney Cruise Line ships were recognized by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine as the top “Cruise Ships of the World,” with the Disney Magic being voted No. 1 and the Disney Dream and Disney Wonder tying for No. 2. Travel + Leisure magazine readers have ranked Disney Cruise Line the No. 1 Large-Ship Cruise Line for Families for five consecutive years. The 2013 Cruise Critic Cruiser’s Choice Awards recognized Disney ships in a number of categories, including Best for Families.