Island Princess' inaugural call to Dover has a sustainable twist

Friday, September 2, 2022 - 10:16 by ce-press

On August 10, Princess Cruises’ Island Princess called Dover for the first time. This inaugural call was made extra special by the fact that she was transporting the port’s sustainable Seatrade stand back to the UK from Miami.

The 2019 stand, made entirely from recycled plastic, has now been repurposed in order to ensure it never returns to the sea or landfill. The port has now recycled the plastic into four sets of children’s chairs and tables for use by schools and kid’s clubs.

At the traditional plaque presentation, Sonia Limbrick, Port of Dover’s head of cruise, said: “We are thrilled to be able to gift a set of the recycled table and chairs to Island Princess as a thank you for their help and as a valuable learning opportunity for children on board to learn about ocean plastic and the importance of recycling.”

The chairs each have sticker on the back that tells the story of the plastic being retrieved from the ocean, recycled into an exhibition stand and ultimately becoming several table and chair sets.

Captain Lorentzen added: “We were delighted to assist with the return of the port’s sustainable Seatrade stand; ensuring that it was able to journey back to the UK contributing zero additional emissions.”

In terms of cruise calls, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines returned to Dover in August, offering a selection of late summer cruises to destinations including Norway, France, Spain and the Adriatic, on board flagship Bolette through to and including October. From September to November Balmoral will homeport the Kent port.

Clare Ward, director of product and customer service FOCL, said: “We have offered cruises from Dover for many years, and we are really pleased to be returning again this summer. Our ships always receive such a warm welcome. Our journey planners have hand-crafted these late summer sailings specially, taking advantage of the south-easterly location of the port to maximise the experiences on-board and ashore for our guests.”
Island Princess' inaugural call to Dover has a sustainable twist
Sonia Limbrick, Captain Lorentzen and Christian Pryce, chief commercial officer Port of Dover exchanging plaques (c) Port of Dover

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