The move is the latest in the company’s portfolio of sustainability initiatives MIAMI, June 9, 2019 – As of June 8, 2019, all plastic straws will be eliminated across the entire Crystal fleet. The company announced the initiative as the latest part of its Crystal Cares program, which comprises a broad spectrum of environmental efforts and sustainable practices. Paper straws will be available throughout the dining venues aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity as well as aboard the company’s yacht, Crystal Esprit, and the Crystal River Cruises fleet. New ships will never carry plastic straws. The move coincides with the annual observance of World Oceans Day, also on June 8, designed to increase awareness of the need to preserve and protect the oceans. “Crystal has always recognized that the world we travel is precious and deserving of our utmost care, and that all measures contributing to the preservation of our marine environments can make a significant impact,” said Crystal’s president and CEO, Tom Wolber. “This initiative, as well as the others under our Crystal Cares program, ensure that we are continuing our focus of caring for our world in meaningful ways.” The company also recently announced a partnership with ORCA – a leading conservation organization dedicated to the protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises – which will bring Cruise Conservationists aboard select Alaska voyages for training, research and data collection as part of its OceanWatch program. Under its comprehensive Crystal Cares program, Crystal applies stringent “green” standards across its ships including energy efficiency and water conservation protocols and dedicated recycling programs. Additionally, the company has used a state-of-the-art water filtration system for six years in all its dining venues, producing still and sparkling drinking water reducing the use of plastic bottles. Crystal also prioritizes partnerships with organizations and vendors around the world who adhere to responsible environmental and sustainability practices. The company is also committed to extending its extraordinary service to the communities it explores and the planet. The line invites guests and crew to participate in complimentary excursions ashore that assist organizations in the communities its voyages call on in its “You Care, We Care” Crystal Voluntourism Adventures. About Crystal Only the world-renowned Crystal Experience offers an unwavering, unparalleled standard of excellence and luxury across four distinct cruising options: Crystal Cruises, the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line; Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line; Crystal Yacht Cruises, offering boutique luxury and bold adventure in the world’s most elite harbors; and Crystal Expedition Cruises, taking Crystal’s acclaimed elegance to the farthest reaches of the world. Crystal has been recognized with top honors in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for a record 25 years; voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for 20 years; and won the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Virtuoso for four years (2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018). Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the advisors of ASTA. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel advisor, call 888.799.2437, or visitwww.crystalcruises.com. Join the hundreds of thousands who subscribe to the Crystal Insider blog, follow Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page and @crystalcruises on Twitter and Instagram, and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises and #WhereLuxuryisPersonal.
Rabat – During a joint press briefing at the end of the first meeting of the political consultation mechanism, chaired in Amman by Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita and Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and expatriates Aymen Al-Safdi, the two parties said that they “agreed to develop a detailed road map to give concrete substance to the conclusions of the summit meeting between the two Heads of State to achieve greater cooperation in the economic, cultural and investment fields.”The two ministers also decided to “institutionalize coordination at international gatherings and events in the service of bilateral and Arab issues of common interest.”Read Also: Jordan Reiterates Support for Morocco’s Territorial IntegrityThe Moroccan and Jordanian ministries added that they “will work intensively to institutionalize and materialize bilateral cooperation through practical conclusions reflecting the solid fraternal bonds and the strategic partnership existing between the two countries.” In addition, the two foreign affairs ministries will, in cooperation with the relevant departments, provide the necessary support for the holding of a Private Sector Forum next September in Amman, said the two ministers.Bourita stressed that his visit to Jordan with a large delegation is pursuant to the instructions of King Mohammed VI “within the framework of the exceptional relations uniting the two Kingdoms, backed by the ties between the two Heads of State and based on permanent solidarity and consultation and on shared of views to all issues.”The meeting between the two heads of state, last March in Casablanca, was an opportunity “to position these relations in a clear strategic horizon, through coordination at all levels and the strengthening of bilateral cooperation through concrete projects”, he said.The meeting with his Jordanian peer provided an opportunity to discuss a number of regional and international issues, he added.Bourita stressed the two countries’ shared position on the Palestinian cause and their full support for the Palestinian people to recover their legitimate rights with the aim of establishing an independent Palestinian state with Al Quds as its capital, in accordance with the relevant international resolutions, the Arab peace initiative and the two-state principle.The talks with Al-Safdi also touched on the latest developments on the regional scene and the situation in the Arab world, notably the Syrian and Libyan issues, said Bourita. Morocco’s foreign minister noted that the meeting was an occasion to reiterate the shared views of the two countries on different matters.For his part, the Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates stressed that the summit meeting between the two Sovereigns, last March in Casablanca, led to important results based on the historical fraternal relations between the two Kingdoms.“On the basis of these results, it was our duty to examine ways to boost bilateral relations on a solid basis, laid by the leaders of the two countries,” he noted, adding that this meeting helped to examine bilateral issues to turn this will into concrete action.Al-Safdi welcomed King Mohammed VI’s initiative for the establishment of a vocational training center in Jordan, explaining that the talks were the opportunity to examine ways to carry out this lofty initiative.With MAP