Norwegian Cruise Line eliminating plastic straws

Norwegian Bliss in Southampton, photo credit Dave R Jones.

Norwegian Cruise Line said it is getting rid of single-use plastic straws on its 26 ships.

The ban also applies to its two private islands, Great Stirrup Cay and Harvest Caye.

With the changes, Norwegian said it expects to eliminate over 50 million plastic straws from use annually.

In announcing the ban, Norwegian did not specify when the ban would be implemented or what it would use as a substitute for plastic straws.

Various cruise lines have announced initiatives to reduce or eliminate single-use plastics onboard as a contribution to marine conservation. Norwegian initiated its plastics-reduction approach by banning plastic straws in the inauguration of its latest ship, the Norwegian Bliss.