In keeping with the eco-friendly travel focus of our April issue of Global Traveler, “green” family tourism opportunities and environmentally conscious vacation options pop up all over the travel world.
Even the cruising industry makes waves in the sustainable travel trade. Exhibit: the ferry-cruiser, Viking Grace. Based in the Baltic Åland Islands, Viking Line joined the ranks of innovative cruise ships as the world’s first passenger vessel utilizing wind power. Now equipped with a high-tech rotor sail, a cylindrical device propels the ship by harnessing wind power and pushing slow-moving pressure toward one end, releasing a powerful spinning motion of the propeller.
The ecological improvements come after the vessel was already known to be a sustainable ship, fueled with low-emission liquefied natural gas since 2013. Now with the all-new rotor sail, Viking Grace hopes to reduce CO2 emissions by 900 tons yearly. The wind-powered cylinder is difficult to miss, stretching nearly 80 feet tall, 13 feet wide and passing through the water with ease. Developed by the Finnish firm Norsepower Oy Ltd., the simple and primitive, but effective concept is revolutionary in the cruising industry and lightens the company’s carbon footprint.
This may be the first of its kind, but it won’t be the last. Two similar rotor sails to double the power output of the vessel will be installed on the line’s newest ship. While currently under construction in China, the new ship is expected to be fully operational by 2020.
Viking Line’s focus on sustainable travel and constant environmental work began in the 1980s, but has grown exponentially. The cruise line’s mission to protect the Baltic Sea and surrounding archipelago, lower harmful fuel emissions and produce less waste recently increased with the help of cooperating partners.
Thanks to the Finnish-Swedish EU project of Connecting Europe Facility, the organization works to promote sustainable and efficient maritime connections, cutting out frivolity and minimizing harm on the environment. Together with the Port of Turku, Ports of Stockholm and the Port of Mariehamn, Viking Line has been granted EU funding from CEF for its collaborative NextGen Link project to use more sustainable vessel fuel, recycle materials and improve logistics in the link between Turku and Stockholm.
Read all about the conscientious cruise line’s “green” efforts, from knitting socks for the Red Cross, producing organic ice cream and supporting those in the Finnish community with disabilities.
If the winter months have you craving a snowy retreat surrounded by off-season island fun and warm fireplaces, The Bungalow at Greydon House should be on your list. An iconic stay in Nantucket, Massachusetts, The Bungalow offers a two-bedroom, three-bathroom retreat in the heart of historic downtown.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.
The Planet Classroom Network launched its programming schedule with 28 cultural organizations committed to global programming, organized by CMRubinWorld. Season one will include six months of learning content on YouTube for youth by youth.
Bringing the family to a museum is a great way to spend the day. However, with pricey admissions, some museums might be out of your budget. Thankfully, there are plenty of free museums throughout the country, perfect for a cultural experience without breaking the bank.
Our world changed in so many ways, it’s not surprising the ski experience will be different, too. As resorts — and entire states — grapple with the challenges of keeping guests and staff safe, a variety of plans emerge. Here are a few things families can expect.