Infotech Ultra-polluting and energy-intensive: in Marseille, cruising is no longer fun

Ultra-polluting and energy-intensive: in Marseille, cruising is no longer fun




“Stealth” is not shy. She is also not afraid to jump into the water. On June 14, this young activist who wants to present herself under her pseudonym, her “fighting name”, she says, rather than under her real identity, succeeded with fifteen of her comrades from the environmental movement Extinction Rebellion and the Stop Cruises collective in prohibiting entry to the port of Marseilles to the most gigantic tourist ship in the world, the “Wonder of the Seas”. This mastodon, 362 meters long, almost half the basin of the Old Port, is the size of a 20-storey building and can carry up to 9,300 people (7,000 passengers and 2,300 crew members ), the equivalent of a municipality like Bandol, Evian or Honfleur.

“La Merveille des mers”, in good French, is a delirious floating city with 20 restaurants, 14 bars, 2 casinos, 4 swimming pools, 10 jacuzzis, slides, a theater, climbing walls, surf simulators, minigolf, a zip line, and even… an ice rink. The latest addition to the Royal Caribbean company, this giant liner, built in the shipyards of Saint-Nazaire, may make its owner proud, but it is nonetheless an ecological aberration, its fuel consumption being just as disproportionate than its size.

In mid-June, the militants prepared their blockade of the port of Marseilles as a commando operation. “We met in secret at 6 a.m. near the beaches in the north of the

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