Amsterdam crew members set out for a beach clean-up in Puerto Vallarta organized by Hotel Director Henk. The ship’s management team is organizing a monthly clean-up to help the communities we visit and offer a better beach experience. When they were done, 80 pounds of garbage were collected, including 628 pieces of plastic/foam, 81 plastic bottles, 30 beverage cans, 111 cigarette butts and 36 food wrappers. The Amsterdam team used an app to track the different types and weight of trash collected.
All participants (including the bus driver) received a “You Make a Difference” medal and a Certificate of Achievement signed by the ship’s captain and Henk — who both participated in this effort.
“We really wanted to do this because it is the right thing to do. We are so active on board in our garbage waste collection and separation processes that the next step had to be doing the same shore side, at a local beach, every month somewhere around the world. The unexpected spin-off while actually doing so, is that it strengthens your awareness as a crew member even more so of the importance to end the flow of trash at the source and help the global efforts for trash free seas.” — Henk Mensink, Amsterdam hotel director
“Being able to have a meaningful impact in a destination that we sail to in addition to working with our onboard team was truly inspiring. With society being more conscious than ever about the effect we are having on our environment, it is important that we show our support and concern. It may not be our trash, but it is our planet.” — Kristin Viotto, Amsterdam’s business and brand manager