Harry Sommer said that the Leonardo vessels will not be operated on LNG.

At the same press conference aboard Norwegian Encore that I have been writing about previously here, many topics came up. Of course also LNG. One of all journalists asked the burning hot question: do Norwegian Cruise Line have plans for ships to be operated with LNG? Will the new Leonardo class be powered by LNG?

Harry Sommer, President International Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, spoke out. The somewhat shocking answer was - no. I do not know if there were more than me in the room who raised a surprised eyebrow (although I already knew), but to not even have a plan to adapt their new vessels for LNG operation, feels - to say the least - odd.

However, I thought that "they know something we don't", because it is easy to be swept away by a generally prevailing view that has become rooted and popular: that you "should" have at least some LNG-powered vessel on it's way in the fleet , preferably all new orders should be driven in this new, more environmentally friendly way.

Long tradition, new technology

What I could understand from Harry Summer's explanation was that cruises have been around for over 100 years, LNG-powered vessels for a couple of years. Right now, there is no posible way to supply the vessels with the liquefied natural gas to the extent that would be needed if everyone switched to this fuel. They want to see what happens, how the development is driven, before moving to LNG for their vessels.

I am not very familiar with where you can get hold of LNG, how much there is in the world, if it is everywhere (the Caribbean for example) and if there's enough for everyone. But there is something interesting about what Harry said.

Often, there is a need for development, so let's hope that we soon (preferably very soon), will hear about new innovative solutions for more environmentally friendly fuel alternatives for the cruise industry. Because we have only One world, One globe. At the same time, we want to continue cruising, right?

Environmental work continues

Now, do not think that NCL does not have a well-established and detailed environmental plan. I am sure they do. Much is being done all the time and we heard some examples of this on board.

For example, the main company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. , which operates Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, announced as early as July 2018 that all plastic straws would be removed for the entire fleet's 26 vessels plus the two private islands of Great Stirrup Cay and Harvest Caye. These changes are expected to reduce 50 million plastic straws. Each year!

With Norwegian Encore as a precursor, all plastic bottles on board are also removed. The water will instead be packed in a package of plant-based cardboard, a collaboration with the company JUST. And I'm sure many more similar measures are underway.

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