Monday, July 18, 2005

RSSC Takes Environmental Stand

SCRATCH THE DOLPHIN GIGS: Taking a stand against wanton capture and use of marine mammals for traveler amusement, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises will no longer offer dolphin encounter programs during any of its port calls. The luxury cruise line supports the World Society for the Protection of Animals’ campaign to halt dolphin encounter operations, and encourages environmental sensibility through onboard environmental education programs in partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society. RSSC and the Ocean Futures Society share commitment to work to end cruelty to marine life with its adverse impact on the environment. “We should enjoy the abundant variety of marine life as it moves about and inhabits its own environment - without imposing artificial means on sea creatures to make them interact or ‘perform’ for people,” Cousteau said. “Capturing marine mammals for the purpose of orchestrating structured encounters with humans or to display them in unnatural circumstances is unethical, puts them at risk, and interferes with their natural and appropriate life cycles.” In French Polynesia, RSSC’s ambitious “Ambassadors of the Environment” program with the Ocean Futures Society promotes ocean responsibility and engages youngsters aboard the Paul Gauguin with fun learning activities. To book, call (800) 285-1835. While you’re at it, check out Metroguide.com’s cruise port guide at http://www.portofcallguide.com/