Personally, I would much rather pay a slightly higher fee to insure we do what's right than to keep polluting and not worry about the damage it causes not only to the environment, but to the people who live and work in the area. It's companies like this that care more about their bottom line than to the ecological damage they cause. It speaks volumes about them when they choose this path instead of taking the path other cruise lines have taken to insure they meet or exceed local environmental protection laws.
If they decide not to abide by the laws, then hopefully others will fill the void who want to take on the responsibility to do the right thing.
And if Cunard decided to leave New York, you're right - it would be amusing!
47 Cruises & Counting! Favorites: Paul Gauguin to Tahiti: Uniworld River Cruises in Europe; any of the Celebrity Solstice-class ships; Holland America for 12-nights in the Baltics & Russia; RCCL for 14-night Greek Isles, Turkey, & Croatia; Holland America for 14-day Alaska cruisetour; 10-night Canada/New England cruise; 21 days in Hawaii including a 7-night NCL cruise; Oceania for 25 days in Asia; & 3 months touring Europe by train. And many days spent in all-inclusive resorts!