Captain Leontios examining detritus on the beach at Flores Island Indonesia

Captain Leontios examining detritus on the beach at Flores Island Indonesia

Seeing the problems caused to oceans and beaches by plastic bottles and other flotsam and jetsam prompted Captain Antoniou Leontios, Master of the Variety Cruises vessel Panorama II, to take the issue of cleaning-up beaches into his own hands. Currently cruising the waters of the Flores and Bali Seas in Indonesia, he decided to dedicate a few hours every week to dropping anchor in a bay, venturing ashore with some crew members and filling as many bin bags as possible with rubbish which he then stowed on board and disposed of properly at his next port of call.

Panorama II

Panorama II

Environmental responsibility is part of the cruise line’s ethos:
and they have already started eliminating single-use plastic from their fleet. As for the beach clean-up program, their vessels are uniquely placed to do something practical – they only have small ships of 50-70 passengers so they can get close up to beaches and moor anywhere. Overall their philosophy is ‘small is beautiful’ and that’s not just about the size of the ships but about doing the small things that can add up to a big difference.

Established for over 24 years London operator Seafarer Cruising & Sailing Holidays offer a range Cabin Charter, Flotilla & Beach Club Holidays across Europe and  Worldwide Yacht Charter.    https://seafarersailing.co.uk

Captain Leontios and passengers with their haul of rubbish from one beach on Flores Island

Captain Leontios and passengers with their haul of rubbish from one beach on Flores Island