MIAMI, Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL) today announced that it was recognized as one of the top 100 companies in the world for its sustainability practices by being added to the NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index. The NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index is designed to track the performance of companies that are taking a leadership role in sustainability performance reporting. These companies have voluntarily disclosed their carbon footprint, energy usage, water consumption, hazardous and non-hazardous waste, employee safety, workforce diversity, management composition and community investing. "Royal Caribbean's addition to the NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index is recognition of our status as a global leader for its sustainability practices," said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. "Conserving the marine environment is an integral part of our economic success. Our goal and that of our industry in general is to protect the marine environment and sustain the well-being of the people and destinations we serve. We appreciate the efforts made by NASDAQ and CRD Analytics to genuinely measure the performance of listed companies, and this recognition encourages and affirms our sustainability efforts." Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. recently published its annual Stewardship Report, which provides updates on the company's recent performance, progress and activities for Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International in nine important areas of stewardship: energy and air emissions; water and wastewater; waste and chemical management; conservation, destinations and education; community involvement; safety and security; medical operations; public health; and human resources. For more information about the NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index, including detailed eligibility criteria, visit indexes.nasdaqomx.com. For the Index Rulebook containing additional information on the methodology used, please visit https://indexes.nasdaqomx.com/docs/Methodology_OMXSUSTAIN.pdf. About Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSE: RCL) is a global cruise vacation company that owns Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises and CDF Croisieres de France, as well as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture. Together, these six brands operate a combined total of 41 ships with three under construction. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on approximately 460 destinations on all seven continents. Additional information can be found on www.royalcaribbean.com, www.celebritycruises.com, www.azamaraclubcruises.com, www.pullmantur.es, www.cdfcroisieresdefrance.com, www.tuicruises.com, or www.rclinvestor.com. SOURCE Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.