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COSTA CRUISES’ FOOD WASTE REDUCTION PROJECT Costa Cruises has put food issue at the very heart of its sustainable development strategy, focusing in particular on the objective on cutting food waste. This commitment is in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda, with Costa focusing on Goal 12, namely responsible consumption, and on Goal 2, linked to the achievement of a socially aware food system. More specifically, Costa is striving to help achieve target 12.3 regarding the cutting of food waste, the ultimate aim being by 2030, to halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains.

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE’S THIRD ANNUAL CONSERVATION CRUISE Norwegian Cruise Line is partnering with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) and Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Guy Harvey Research Institute to host the third annual ocean conservation-themed cruise on Norwegian Escape this fall. Departing September 15 from New York, guests who sail on this unforgettable cruise will experience a week full of opportunities to meet Guy Harvey, world renowned marine artist, scientist, conservationist, entrepreneur and hull artist of Norwegian Escape, as he hosts curated events about ocean conservation on board and at each port of call.

BAHAMAS PARADISE CRUISE LINE HOSTS TRAVEL AGENT SEMINAR Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line welcomed more than 200 North America-based travel advisors aboard the Grand Classica for its “Seminar at Sea” in July. The two-day experience included presentations given by the cruise line’s leadership team, a series of networking opportunities and a private party at the all-inclusive Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Resort on Grand Bahama Island – along with leadership team members explaining the commission structure beginning at 15 percent, with no non-commissionable fares (NCFs), along with the line’s Cruise and Stay Program.

Carnival’s New ‘Crew Gratitude’ Video Series CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE PARTNERS WITH CLEAN THE WORLD TO ASSIST IN GLOBAL SOAP RECYCLING INITIATIVE Carnival Cruise Line became the first large-scale cruise operator to partner with Clean the World. Through this global sustainability program, nearly 40 tons of discarded soap will be collected each year to be recycled into new soap bars and distributed to vulnerable communities worldwide. As part of the program, Carnival will start collecting discarded soap from guest and crew staterooms throughout the fleet and send it to a Clean the World recycling center where the soap will be sanitized, melted down and reprocessed. Together, Carnival and Clean the World will distribute more than 400,000 new, clean bars of soap to people in need across the globe each year. The new program rolled out across its entire North American fleet by the end of July. It is one of multiple initiatives underway to further reduce waste disposal and recycle additional products used on board.

Carnival Cruise Line is releasing a four-part video series called “Crew Gratitude” for travel advisors and their clients focusing on six crew members, showing the impact that Carnival’s guests have made on their lives and families through gratuities. “I get so many questions from our guests and travel advisors asking about our Gratuities Program – what it is, who gratuities go to and why they matter,” said Adolfo Perez, senior vice president of global sales and trade marketing. “When I sat down to chat with some of our onboard crew members, the impact gratuities have on their lives and the lives of their families was clear. That’s what we’re

hoping to showcase through this ‘Crew Gratitude’ video series.” The videos aim to help travel advisors and their clients get to know shipboard crew members—the people responsible for delivering unforgettable guest experiences—on a more personal level. These frontline team members lead the efforts in providing the services that deliver an exceptional cruise vacation, which help advisors build client loyalty to the Carnival brand and earn repeat bookings for the agency. “We want everyone who watches these videos to connect with our crew members and see how the gratuities they pay truly make it possible for them to fulfill their dreams, aspirations and family goals,” said Perez.

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