An environmental-advocacy group graded 16 cruise lines on how well they limit pollution. Every Carnival cruise line they graded got an ‘F.’

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Carnival’s Carnival Ecstasy ship.

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  • The environmental-advocacy group Friends of the Earth graded 16 cruise lines on how well they limit pollution from their ships.
  • The cruise lines were evaluated on how they treat their sewage, the steps they’ve taken to limit air pollution at ports, whether they follow water-pollution rules in Alaska, and the quality of information they provided about their environmental practices to Friends of the Earth.
  • Disney Cruise Line was the only cruise line to receive an overall grade above C-.
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Most cruise lines do a poor job of limiting the damage they do to the environment, according to a new study from the environmental-advocacy group Friends of the Earth.

The group graded 16 cruise lines based on how they treat their sewage, the steps they’ve taken to limit air pollution at ports, whether they follow water-pollution rules in Alaska, and the quality of information they provided about their environmental practices to Friends of the Earth.

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Disney Cruise Line was the only cruise line to receive an overall grade above C-. All cruise lines owned by Carnival Corp automatically received failing grades due to their violation of a settlement related to a 2017 conviction for improper waste disposal.

Here’s how the 16 cruise lines fared, from best to worst.

Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Fantasy ship.

Disney Cruise Line

Sewage treatment: A

Air-pollution reduction: D+

Water-quality compliance: A

Transparency: A

Criminal violations: No

Overall grade: A-

15. Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Gem ship.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Sewage treatment: A

Air-pollution reduction: D-

Water-quality compliance: A

Transparency: F

Criminal violations: No

Overall grade: C-

Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Eclipse ship.

Celebrity Cruises

Sewage treatment: A

Air-pollution reduction: D-

Water-quality compliance: N/A

Transparency: F

Criminal violations: No

Overall grade: D+

Tied: 13. Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas’ Seven Seas Mariner ship.

Courtesy of Regent Seven Seas

Sewage treatment: C-

Air-pollution reduction: F

Water-quality compliance: A

Transparency: F

Criminal violations: No

Overall grade: D

Tied: 13. Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas ship.

Royal Caribbean

Sewage treatment: A

Air-pollution reduction: F

Water-quality compliance: N/A

Transparency: F

Criminal violations: No

Overall grade: D

Tied: 13. Silversea Cruises

Silversea Cruises’ Silver Spirit ship.

Silversea Cruises

Sewage treatment: D

Air-pollution reduction: F

Water-quality compliance: A

Transparency: F

Criminal violations: No

Overall grade: D

Oceania Cruises’ Insignia ship.

Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

Sewage treatment: C-

Air-pollution reduction: F

Water-quality compliance: C+

Transparency: F

Criminal violations: No

Overall grade: D-

Tied: 1. Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises Star Princess’ ship.

Princess Cruises

Sewage treatment: B

Air-pollution reduction: C

Water-quality compliance: A-

Transparency: F

Criminal violations: Yes

Overall grade: F

Tied: 1. Holland America Line

Holland America’s Noordam ship.

Holland America Line

Sewage treatment: B+

Air-pollution reduction: D-

Water-quality compliance: A

Transparency: F

Criminal violations: Yes

Overall grade: F

Tied: 1. Seabourn Cruise Line

Seabourn Cruise Line’s Seabourn Quest ship.

Seabourn Cruise Line

Sewage treatment: A

Air-pollution reduction: F

Water-quality compliance: B+

Transparency: F

Criminal violations: Yes

Overall grade: F

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 ship.

James D. Morgan/Getty Images

Sewage treatment: A

Air-pollution reduction: F

Water-quality compliance: N/A

Transparency: F

Criminal violations: Yes

Overall grade: F

Tied: 1. Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival’s Carnival Ecstasy ship.

Joe Skipper/Reuters

Sewage treatment: F

Air-pollution reduction: D

Water-quality compliance: A

Transparency: F

Criminal violations: Yes

Overall grade: F

MSC Cruises’ MSC Opera ship.

MSC Cruises

Sewage treatment: C-

Air-pollution reduction: F

Water-quality compliance: N/A

Transparency: F

Criminal violations: No

Overall grade: F

P&O Cruises’ Arcadia ship.

P&O Cruises

Sewage treatment: D-

Air-pollution reduction: F

Water-quality compliance: N/A

Transparency: F

Criminal violations: Yes

Overall grade: F

Costa’s Costa Luminosa ship.

Costa Crociere

Sewage treatment: F

Air-pollution reduction: F

Water-quality compliance: N/A

Transparency: F

Criminal violations: Yes

Overall grade: F

Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity ship.

Crystal Cruises

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