Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has announced that it is the first cruise line to work with environmental campaigning organisation, City to Sea, as part of its Refill Campaign.

Fred Olsen Refill Campaign

Free water stations are in the process of being installed on the Fred Olsen fleet and guest are being encouraged to ‘bring their own bottles’ on their next sailing, as well as being able to take their refillable bottles to any bar on board. Guests are also being encouraged to bring along reusable tea and coffee cups for use in the Bookmark Cafés and hot drinks stations across the fleet.

Thomas Rennesland, Hotel Operations Director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines said:

Protecting our oceans is something that is of paramount importance to us. As a cruise line, we make our living out of the sea, so we need to do all that we can to conserve this precious environment and make sure that it is safeguarded for marine life and the enjoyment of generations to come. We are making great efforts to reduce and, where possible, eliminate single-use plastics across our fleet, and removing single-use plastic water bottles is one of the biggest changes that we can make. Our guests joining us on their holidays want to do their bit, too, and we wouldn’t be able to make such big changes without their support.

Glass carafes of drinking water are replacing the plastic water bottles that were previously supplied in guests’ rooms. The carafes will be replenished daily.

Plastic-reduction efforts

Fred Olsen’s other plastic-reduction efforts include:

  • The removal of single-use disposable tea/coffee cups and plastic cutlery
  • Replacing single-use plastic jam and butter portions with refillable options
  • Replacing plastic laundry bags with linen ones
  • Reducing the use of cling film
  • Using ropes to secure items during rough seas, rather than plastic
  • Removing plastic pens from guests’ rooms and replacing them with wooden pencils.