5 Reasons I Would Volunteer For A Cruise
There was one line in a story about the CDC requiring cruise lines to go on trial voyages before they are allowed to sail again in this COVID-19 era that really got my attention.
It stated that passengers would be required to be on board to complete the process. In other words, the cruise ships would need volunteers.
“What,” I said to myself, “a free cruise? Heck yeah! How do I sign up for it!?”
My mind started the planning process. I would invite along one of my veteran cruise friends to show me the ropes of cruising, like Gary Buffett. Or one of the PubClub.com brand ambassadors, the PubClubettes.
Right now, Royal Caribbean is the only cruise line that has put out a call to potential passengers to become what it calls a Volunteer of the Seas. It is assumed its Crown & Anchor members will have top priority. Here is a link to the form.
Am I worried about getting the virus? Yeah, a little bit but it’s everywhere and being on a cruise ship can’t be any worse than going into a supermarket, the gym or out to dinner. In fact, I would argue that cruise ships are the most sterile places to be now.
The cruise lines and the entire industry’s future hinges on these cruises going off without a hitch and you can bet crews and management are making sure everything, everyone and every place is completely clean.
That being said, one small cruise line did report one person on its maiden volunteer cruise had tested positive. So it’s not without risk.
I want to take my cruise out of San Diego where I live. I don’t want the expense of paying my own airfare and a night or two for a hotel room in some distant (Florida, Puerto Rico) location. I would rather just walk right on board, which I can do from PubClub’s World Headquarters in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.
So yes, I would go on a free trial cruise. Would you?
Here’s 5 reasons why I would do it.
1.) It’s A Free Cruise
I’m not sure this takes must explanation.
2.) I’m Anxious To Get Out Of The Bubble And Travel
Who does’t want to get out of their bubble now? The trouble is, once you leave your bubble you’re likely to get into another one because of all the restrictions around the USA and indeed the world. Being on a cruise ship is like being in a bubble, but one that moves.
3.) Getting A More Personal Experience With The Crew
Being on a cruise with a limited number of passengers means I would get to bond with the crew, much more so than during normal times. It would be like being in a popular bar or nightclub during Happy Hour when the staff is looser and not as busy as later in the night. In this setting, it’s easier to get to know the staff And who knows, if all goes well I might make a lifelong friend or two. Plus, with an outstanding passenger-to-crew ratio, I would think I would be really pampered by them.
4.) Free Food. And Drinks!?
Well, I’m not so sure about the free drinks, but free food has to be part of the deal. And the food will be of first-class quality. Imagine eating at excellent restaurants for free for a week!
5.) I’ve Never Been On A Cruise And This Would Be The Perfect Opportunity To Try One
This could well be my top reason. Rather than spending $1,000 or whatever to go on a cruise not knowing whether or not I’ll like it – personally, I like the option of being able to change locations if I don’t particularly care for a place when I travel – I can stick my toes in the cruise ships water, so to speak.
Maybe I’ll love it and sign up for dozens of cruises in the future. Then again, maybe I’ll decide it’s not really my thing. Either way, I’ll pretty much know because I will have personally experienced it.
So, any cruise ship company out there that needs a volunteer from San Diego, I’m ready and willing to go on one of your free trail cruises. You can contact me here at PubClub.com.