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What do you think of the new LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) cruise ships?


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The Sphere Class vessel will be the first in the Princess fleet to run on LNG.  They say this is the most environmentally friendly advanced fuel technology.  I absolutely love cruising and I often recommend cruising to friends. It does make me feel good that I am supporting a business that is becoming and evolving into a more environmentally responsible one.  What do you think?  I am getting excited!!

https://www.cruisehive.com/future-fuel-what-is-an-lng-powered-cruise-ship/77960

 

 

 

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I thought Celebrity Millennium was the first LNG Cruise ship back in 2000 but upon further research it was GTS - gas turbine. 
 

Doesn’t really matter to me how the ship is powered - as long as it gets me from point A to B and back to A without being known as an infamous “poop cruise”.  

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Carnival Corp already has LNG ships operating, nothing unique here for Princess. There is no difference in passenger experience. LNG is a cleaner burning fuel, less polluting than oil, but they are both fossil fuels; which may be important to some. LNG is stored under pressure and there is a potential for accidental explosions. Hopefully the designers have mitigated this possibility and the crew is well trained in LNG safety. Having said all that, I've cruised on Mardi Gras, unconcerned about the fuel! I'll have more concern if / when they switch to hydrogen.

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While Hydrogen is clean energy, I think they are saying hydrogen may not be a practical choice as fuel.  Hydrogen is not abundantly available, and storage and transport are also a problem.  We know that this is a good alternative but maybe the technology to use it on a larger scale is not here yet.

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On 8/19/2022 at 8:01 PM, DeanneB said:

 It does make me feel good that I am supporting a business that is becoming and evolving into a more environmentally responsible one.

 

 

 

I really hope so..............lets not forget Princess Cruises were fined $40 million in 2017 for it's deliberate dumping of contaminated waste from one of it's vessels which they tried to cover up.

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Yeah, I read about it.  That is really disappointing.  Do you think all cruise lines and guilty of this? I think they are, it is just Princess who got caught, and rightfully so.  The courts should hit their pockets where it hurts.  Moving forward, I think this move to LNG is a positive change.  

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The improvements are kind of slow.  It would seem like they took 2 steps forward and then one step back.  I read recently about a hydrogen car that has come to the Australian market.  Now, imagine when they use the same technology on ships.  That will be amazing!

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