Azamara Club Cruises recently introduced a brand new conservation-centered educational experience called “World Wildlife at Sea.” This program is a continuation of line’s partnership with the WWF (World Wildlife Fund).
As part of the new program, Azamara intends to relaunch WWF Speaker Series. Aaron McNevin, Amy Smith and Nancy Labbe, are among some of the speakers the company has slated to talk with passengers.
Aaron McNevin, who is director of Sustainable Seafood at WWF, is expected to talk about the origins of the seafood that people eat. Amy Smith, manager of Wood Sector Engagement, is to cover the regulating role rainforests play in global ecosystem. Nancy Labbe, who is manager of Ranching & Conservation at WWF, is expected to speak about the food production's environmental impact.
WWF speakers will join passengers on related land tours. Nancy Labbe, for example, will accompany travellers to a dairy farm in Campania, Italy and talk about how farms can decrease environmental impact. Back onboard, she will discuss global demand for food as well as how to produce more food via less resources.
The environmental officer aboard each ship will also lead WWF Crew Ambassador program, and through this, the officer is to inform guests on cruise line’s work to protect environment. It will be the ambassador’s job to help crew organize land activities with local groups who support the goals of the WWF.
Azamara Cruises intends to eliminate plastic straws from all of its cruise ships by the end of the year, replacing them with paper ones. The cruise company will then focus on other single-use plastics such as condiment packets, bags and cups. Azamara is conducting full plastic audit, due to be complete by 2020.