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Saturday, October 29 2022 - 06:50
Royal Caribbean Group First Cruise Company in US to Sail Using Renewable Diesel Fuel
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

-- Group partners with World Fuel Services for first bunkering of lower carbon 
fuel, a vital step in its Destination Net Zero decarbonization strategy

Today, Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL) became the first major cruise line 
operator to sail a cruise ship from a U.S. port while using renewable diesel 
fuel to meet part of the ship's fuel needs when Navigator of the Seas set sail 
from the Port of Los Angeles. Part of the Group's award-winning cruise line, 
Royal Caribbean International, the use of renewable fuel will reduce the ship's 
carbon emissions.

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This key step in the Group's pursuit of alternative fuels comes less than a 
year after the unveiling of Destination Net Zero ( 
), Royal Caribbean Group's comprehensive decarbonization strategy.

"We are committed to investing in technologies and innovations that will help 
us reduce emissions and fulfill our purpose to deliver great vacations 
responsibly," said Laura Hodges Bethge, Royal Caribbean Group's Executive Vice 
President, Shared Services Operations. "As we celebrate this milestone, we 
continue to set our sights on other leading alternative solutions to meet our 
net zero goals."

The renewable fuel being used by Navigator of the Seas contains less carbon 
than traditional marine fuels. While this fuel is produced from renewable raw 
materials, the production process for this fuel makes it molecularly identical 
to traditional marine gas oil -- creating a "drop in" fuel that can be safely 
used with the ship's existing engines.

The cruise company plans to continue using lower carbon fuel to meet part of 
the Los Angeles-based ship's fuel needs as it evaluates the feasibility for 
long-term use, with ambitions to expand its usage to other ships across the 
fleet. This follows a similar trial by the Group's joint venture partner, 
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, which is exploring a different process for developing a 
sustainable biofuel.

For the trial, Royal Caribbean Group has partnered with World Fuel Services to 
supply the renewable fuel to Navigator of the Seas. The Jankovich Company will 
deliver the fuel on behalf of World Fuel Services to the ship while at the Port 
of Los Angeles. Once fueled, Navigator of the Seas will set sail to Mexico.

"We are extremely proud to be a part of Royal Caribbean Group's journey toward 
making the cruise industry more sustainable by leveraging our renewable fuel 
distribution capabilities and technical expertise to facilitate the use of 
renewable fuel in a marine application," said Michael J. Kasbar, Chairman and 
Chief Executive Officer, World Fuel Services Corporation.

In addition to testing the use of biofuel aboard Navigator of the Seas, Royal 
Caribbean Group is set to debut the cruise industry's first hybrid-powered ship 
in summer 2023, as part of Silversea Cruises newest class of ships, the Nova 
class. The Group is also working to reduce emissions while at port by investing 
in shore power on its ships and collaborating with key cruise ports for its 
use. For example, in 2021, Royal Caribbean Group signed an agreement to bring 
shore power to PortMiami, which will enable ships to use electricity at port 
instead of burning fuel. The company also is introducing a new zero-energy 
cruise terminal in the Port of Galveston, Texas, that builds on its sustainable 
design efforts and will be a LEED-Gold certified facility.

To learn more about Royal Caribbean Group's sustainability efforts, visit

About Royal Caribbean Group:

Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL) is one of the leading cruise companies in the 
world with a global fleet of 64 ships traveling to approximately 1,000 
destinations around the world. Royal Caribbean Group is the owner and operator 
of three award-winning cruise brands: Royal Caribbean International ( 
), Celebrity Cruises ( 
), and Silversea Cruises ( 
), and it is also a 50% owner of a joint venture that operates TUI Cruises and 
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Together, the brands have an additional 10 ships on order 
as of June 30, 2022. Learn more at or

SOURCE Royal Caribbean Group

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