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Norway set to ban some cruise ships under tough new rules

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Norway is a leading cruise destination with many tourists travelling to see its incredible fjords from the water.

But holidaymakers might want to book their trip soon as the country is set to ban some types of cruise ships from its waters in 2026.

Norway’s Government wants to cut down on pollution caused by marine diesel fuel emitted from cruise ships.

Ships that use the fuel won’t be able to dock in Norway’s harbours from 2026 as the country aims to cut emissions.

Espen Barth Eide, Norway’s foreign minister, told DW: “Cruise ships cause the world’s highest emissions per passenger and travel kilometre. And they pollute our fjords.”

The Government’s new zero emission policy is likely to cause huge issues for the cruise industry.

Cruise companies are looking at using liquefied natural gas (LNG) instead. MSC’s cruise ship, Euribia, already runs on LNG.

Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Icon of the Seas, is due to launch in January and will also be powered by LNG.

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