October 19, 2006
AdventureSmith Explorations, a small-ship adventure and eco-tourism specialist, is offering what it calls a carbon-free cruise experience. "Increasingly travelers are seeking to reduce the impact of their own travel footprint," said AdventureSmith Founder Todd Smith. "We are pleased to introduce a sustainable alternative for cruise travelers interested in the fight against global warming. Most people are astonished to learn that over 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide are related to travel. As a long time naturalist and guide, especially in Alaska, I have witnessed first-hand the effects global warming and climate change have on our planet. Through our Carbon Free Cruising campaign we will completely neutralize harmful carbon emissions created as a result of our guest's cruise travel." To neutralize what it says are cruise-related greenhouse gas emissions, AdventureSmith calculates the amount of carbon emitted by each itinerary and then divides that by the number of guests cruising each year. In turn, when a cruise is purchased, AdventureSmith contributes a portion of the cruise fare to Sustainable Travel International's MyClimate carbon offset program to support climate friendly projects around the world. Projects include methane collection and electricity generation in South Africa, solar collectors in Costa Rica, and weatherizing low-income housing in the U.S. AdventureSmith offers commissionable programs using ships of other adventure fleets, including Cruise West, Quark, Galapagos Network and Lindblad. Itineraries explore Alaska, Antarctica, Galapagos, South Pacific, Caribbean, and more. For more information, call 800-728-2875 or visit www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com.