Comitted to promoting responsible travel

“We are steering a course towards a lower carbon future and, by 2050, will achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions”


Executive Chairman

For us sustainability means protecting the environment, supporting the people who work with us and choose to travel with us, as well as the communities and places that we visit and do business with.
Can cruising be sustainable?
At MSC Cruises we believe it can be. With our cruise sustainability programme we are introducing cleaner fuels across our cruise ships, promoting responsible travel through our shore excursions, reducing plastics, recycling and reusing waste on all our ships and producing our own freshwater on board directly from the sea.


Our sustainability programme is organized around four key pillars: PlanetPeoplePlace and Procurement

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

Report 2019

Report 2020

Report 2021

Report 2022


Our journey towards sustainable cruises is organised around four key pillars: Planet, People, Place and Procurement. This translates into a drive to continuously improve our fleet’s environmental performance; caring for all employees and promoting diversity and inclusion; working to ensure that our impact on the coastal communities that we reach remains positive; and responsibly sourcing the products and services that we purchase.


We believe in sustainable cruises are possible and we are committed to responsible travel by continuously pushing the boundaries of what is technically possible at sea.

We are actively engaged in the development of next generation environmental technology to achieve net carbon neutral operations by 2050 and eventually net zero emissions across all our operations.


The welfare of our employees is our main priority. MSC Cruises is a people-focused company, employing tens of thousands of people of multiple nationalities across the world.

Nearly 80% of our employees work on board our ships.


We collaborate with local authorities, community groups and partners, such as the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), to share information and integrate policies and strategies to responsible sustainable tourism management.

Together, we promote more responsible travel and deliver greater social and economic outcomes for communities.


Our cruise sustainability actions also apply to our procurement policy. From large mechanical parts for our ships to ingredients to feed thousands of people at a time, down to the smallest details, like toiletries, and medical items, we need to buy a huge amount of supplies for our fleet, crew and guests.

Managing environmental, social and ethical issues in our supply chain is critical, and we take a robust approach to this across all areas of procurement.


As a family-owned company with a global seafaring heritage that dates back to 1675, we care passionately about the seas and have a real love of the beautiful places and inspiring cultures we take our guests to explore all over the world. This has led us to launch many life-changing initiatives over the years.

The MSC Foundation was founded in 2018 to lead and coordinate these conservation and humanitarian commitments worldwide, developing the longstanding philanthropic partnerships of all the MSC Group companies and launching many new initiatives.

Our Foundation works to restore the critical balance between people and nature, utilising our global reach and unique knowledge of the sea to take immediate action to protect and nurture the blue planetits peoples and our shared cultural heritage. We help disaster-struck populations toward recovery and support vulnerable communities around the world to realise their full potential through education, sustainable development, and humanitarian medical programmes.