PLACE

Our cruises allow people to visit some of the most beautiful and exciting destinations that the world has to offer – and we want to help to keep them that way. We want to deliver positive social and economic outcomes for the local communities we visit. Our investments in the development of new sustainable cruise terminals are creating jobs and bringing new visitors to these places. Collaboration with local authorities, community groups and partners, such as the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), to share information and integrate policies and strategies helps support responsible tourism management. We are also a member of both the CEO-led Sustainability Committee and the Sustainability Task Force of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), working closely with travel industry partners to develop and implement sustainable solutions for our industry.

Economic Impact: Terminal development

We have invested in the creation of new terminal facilities in Durban, Miami, and Barcelona. These are allowing – or will allow – us to deploy our most environmentally advanced vessels in these locations. To ensure we are building these terminals with the environment front of mind, all new MSC Cruises’ port terminals are certified to LEED silver or higher. LEED – which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – is a widely used global green building rating system. Its rigorous score-based systems ensure high levels of efficiency in both building design and operation.

 

Miami: In March 2022, we broke ground for our new cruise terminal in Miami which, when it opens in late 2023, will be North America’s largest. Most ships at berth at the new Miami terminal will be able to plug in to the local power grid, in line with PortMiami’s plans to enable shore power connectivity. A comprehensive environmental and social management system is in place for the construction and subsequent operation of the terminal. At a minimum, the terminal is expected to meet the LEED Silver rating, and a third-party audited system will ensure extensive data collection, reporting and incident notification practices.

Barcelona: The terminal will have shore power connectivity and will also be ready for LNG bunkering. It is on track to meet the LEED Gold rating, and we will seek LEED Zero Energy and LEED Zero Water certification within 12 months of operation. LEED Zero Energy requires the incorporation of solar panels and the use of renewable energy from the grid, as well as a low energy consumption design. To achieve LEED Zero water, we will demonstrate that the terminal has a low water demand, reuses rainwater, and directs stormwater directly to the sea.

Economic Impact: Terminal development

Terminal development, Sustainability | MSC Cruises

Responsible Tourism

We have invested in the creation of new terminal facilities in Durban, Miami, and Barcelona. These are allowing – or will allow – us to deploy our most environmentally advanced vessels in these locations. To ensure we are building these terminals with the environment front of mind, all new MSC Cruises’ port terminals are certified to LEED silver or higher. LEED – which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – is a widely used global green building rating system. Its rigorous score-based systems ensure high levels of efficiency in both building design and operation.

 

Miami: In March 2022, we broke ground for our new cruise terminal in Miami which, when it opens in late 2023, will be North America’s largest. Most ships at berth at the new Miami terminal will be able to plug in to the local power grid, in line with PortMiami’s plans to enable shore power connectivity. A comprehensive environmental and social management system is in place for the construction and subsequent operation of the terminal. At a minimum, the terminal is expected to meet the LEED Silver rating, and a third-party audited system will ensure extensive data collection, reporting and incident notification practices.

Barcelona: The terminal will have shore power connectivity and will also be ready for LNG bunkering. It is on track to meet the LEED Gold rating, and we will seek LEED Zero Energy and LEED Zero Water certification within 12 months of operation. LEED Zero Energy requires the incorporation of solar panels and the use of renewable energy from the grid, as well as a low energy consumption design. To achieve LEED Zero water, we will demonstrate that the terminal has a low water demand, reuses rainwater, and directs stormwater directly to the sea.

Responsible Tourism

Responsible tourism, Sustainability | MSC Cruises

Supporting local communities

The MSC Foundation supports communities in need through a variety of projects and programmes, including long-term partnerships with Marevivo, UNICEF and Mercy Ships.

Emergency relief: Responsive as always to emergencies, the MSC Foundation continues to consolidate its global role assisting those most in need by donating goods, instigating fundraising schemes, and working with the MSC Group to provide logistics support. During 2022, the Foundation supported eight emergency relief initiatives in nine countries.

 

Onboard education and involvement: Five of our cruise ships now host a dedicated MSC Foundation Centre, designed to inform and inspire our guests on the MSC Foundation’s aims, programmes, and initiatives to tackle to the most pressing global needs.

 

New partnerships: MSC Foundation launched two new strategic partnerships in 2022. In November, at the naming ceremony of MSC World Europa, it committed to provide grant funding to an innovative multi-stakeholder programme to conserve and restore Qatar’s coastal environment. In December, at the naming ceremony of MSC Seascape, the Foundation launched a partnership with the Mayor’s Fund to support vulnerable communities in New York City. It will support two programmes: the NYC Junior Ambassadors (NYCJA) and the

Supporting local communities

Local community support, Sustainability | MSC Cruises

SUSTAINABILITY REPORTS

Our sustainability programme is organized around four key pillars: Planet, People, Place and Procurement.

Browse our Sustainability reports and find out what we do achieve sustainable cruising.