Thank you for your responses, how I wish I would have consulted you all BEFORE I sold my ticket. Yes, the key is that you are the consumer and it is your job to know where your money is going and what is supports. Making this cruise line accountable not only your job, it's your RIGHT!!! Especially if you care. Some things to consider...
"Each day there are 15 gallons of toxic waste produced by the cruise ships. This contains silver, mercury, lead and cadmium through dry cleaning, photo processing, print shops, painting activities and other sources. There are also 30,000 gallons of human waste, like wastewater from toilets. 17,000 gallons of oily bilge waste are being disposed each day, which can cause toxic effects. 255,000 gallons of gray water are being dumped each day. These are from laundries, showers, sinks, and dishwashing, which have detergents, cleaners, oil and grease, metals, pesticides and other forms of toxic substances. www.grogono.com
The animals get affected. Turtles eat plastic bags mistaking them for jellyfish, other marine life become killed in six-pack holders, nets and debris. Our marine life is in grave danger. Would you like strolling on a beach that is contaminated with greasy water, and waste all over? Tourism and ocean tours will also be affected, since so much waste is spreading out across the ocean. Coastal waters and beaches are polluted. Cruise ships take seawater at one port and dump it at the destination. The release of ballast water amounts to 1,000 metric tons! Along with the seawater, there is plankton, fish, etc. included. This means that the animals are dumped into an unfamiliar place, and taken away from home. The ballast water may also spread diseases and parasites."
“These wastes, if not properly treated and disposed of, can be a significant source of pathogens, nutrients, and toxic substances with the potential to threaten human health and damage aquatic life.”
There are no laws in effect on gray water dumping. And though there are penalties for dumping the other waste, I've read some cruise lines would rather take their chances on the receiving a fine than to do what it takes to install proper waste treament facilities aboard their vessels. Less of a blow on ye ole profits. Dumping is a gray area in itself due to juristiction issues. Someone should ask the MSC Lirica what it's dumping practices are (not that they'll tell us the truth), for I did read that the coast guard is lied to about this very subject on a regular basis by some of these ships. Hell, if I'm there I'll ask!!!
Here's a great link if anyone is interested:
BEING an EDUCATED CONSUMER is SEXY!!!