A Supposedly Green Thing I Might Do Again
How bad for the environment are cruise ships?
Correction, Sept. 1, 2009: This article originally indicated that San Francisco and Los Angeles were already providing cruise ships with shore-based power. (Return to the corrected sentence.)
Correction, Sept. 2, 2009: The article originally stated that the round-trip plane ride would emit 312.3 pounds of CO2. (Return to the corrected sentence.)
Correction, Sept. 3, 2009: The corrected paragraph notes that under international law, bilge water must meet certain oil content standards before it can be released into the ocean. It also includes the caveat that most cruise ships have a standing policy not to dump untreated sewage anywhere. (Return to the corrected paragraph.)
Nina Shen Rastogi is a writer and editor, and is also the vice president for content at Figment.
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