Royal Caribbean International Launches Trial Cruise Volunteer Site
Royal Caribbean International today launched a new site, Volunteer of the Seas, and Facebook page, for potential volunteers to submit to be part of test trial sailings as a part of the CDC’s Framework for Conditional Sailing Order for Cruise Ships.
The website contains a questionnaire requesting volunteer contact information, the number of people traveling in a party, a three-digit country code, and Crown & Anchor number (if applicable). Volunteers must be 18 years old to apply.
In a description on the newly launched Volunteers of the Seas Facebook page, Royal Caribbean wrote the following, “Royal Caribbean has some of the most loyal guests in the cruise industry, and we have been overjoyed with their interest to take part in our simulated trial sailings. This week alone, we have received more than 3,000 emails, not including the tweets, comments, and messages across our social channels. While we review the requirements proposed by the CDC and consider when we can host our simulated trial sailings, we are gathering information from those who have shown interest. Our priority is to ensure that we can exercise our comprehensive set of measures in a safe and healthy manner while making sure we provide a memorable vacation experience. This group will serve the community of adventurers who are excited and ready to be the first back at sea. Get ready to dust off your suitcase and get back to adventure!”
At this time, Royal Caribbean has not provided specific details regarding these voyages and what will be expected of volunteers. It’s likely that these trial voyages will be brief and will stop at Royal Caribbean’s private island Perfect Day at CocoCay. Trial sailings are said to be monitored by company officials, a third-party class society as well as the CDC. Sailings may happen as soon as December 2020 or January 2021.
The CDC’s Framework for Conditional Sailing Order states that the simulated voyages are required of all cruise lines to test their ability to mitigate COVID-19 risk. Every ship must be certified by the CDC under this Order before resuming revenue-generating sailings. Read the full Framework for Conditional Sailing Order at: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/CDC-Conditional-Sail-Order_10_30_2020-p.pdf.
Source: Cruise Industry News