Large cruise ship tourism is full steam ahead in Tasmania, almost doubling in 2016 from the previous year. Most of the large ships come into Hobart and Port Arthur, with stop offs in Burnie and Wineglass Bay. Although Tasmania still does not receive the mega ships, hosting thousands, they do receive ships that have over 2,000 passengers on board, and a lot more crew. And although they bring tourism income to the towns, they also bring pollution. According to Climate Care, a cruise liner such as Queen Mary II, which visits Tasmania, emits 0.43kg of CO2 per passenger mile, compared with 0.257kg for a long-haul flight. Also, on average, large cruise ship passengers create three times more waste than people on land. (Source: Our Planet
). And even worse, Friends of the Earth research
from 2013 revealed the drastic issues relating to sewage being released into the oceans by cruise ships. A cruise ship with 3,000 passengers generates 150,000 gallons of sewage per week Ė which can be released into the ocean past the three nautical mile mark from land. As the Friends of the Earth research mentioned above shows, some cruise companies are being more transparent about their environmental practices, while others are keeping that bathroom door tightly locked.
What you can do
Read more about our stance on large cruise ships here
. Not just on environmental issues but on economic impacts and human rights ones too. So, of course we are going to recommend that you opt for a responsible tourism vacation in Tasmania, not simply a cruise shipís day trip, where the average consumer spend is half of that spent by a tourist staying overnight on land. We also recommend that you support regions out of season, when the cruise ships have gone. Peak season for cruise ships is in summer months. You can see where and when cruise ships are scheduled to stop on the Tasports website
and so enable you to steer well clear of the crowds.