Cruise Line Seeking Volunteers To Meet CDC Guidelines
Published Nov. 12, 2020
So you want to go on a free trail cruise?
Before you do, here’s what you need to know in order to apply for one on Royal Caribbean, the first cruise line to offer this to passengers in order to comply with CDC sailing orders. Potential passengers must agree to all terms to be considered.
Free trail cruises are just that – a free cruise so the cruise ships can resume sailing. While elements may differ from one to the other, it includes the cruise only, and not airfare. It is up to passengers to get to the ship’s destination.
Keep scrolling for the link to apply to be a volunteer passenger on a Royal Caribbean ship. The trials could begin in December.
- Volunteer passengers are to be told in writing of the “inherently risky activity” of their test sailing with untested health and safety protocols.
- All volunteer passengers must be at least eighteen years old or older.
- All volunteer passengers must have a written certification from a healthcare provider that they have no pre-existing medical conditions .
- Royal Caribbean must conduct any simulation on a consensual basis and not as a condition of employment or in exchange for consideration or future reward.
- Royal Caribbean must embark additional crew members beyond safe minimum manning levels only as determined through CDC technical instructions or orders.
- The cruise ship operator must design and conduct a simulated voyage insofar as practicable to test the efficacy of the cruise ship operator’s ability to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 onboard its cruise ship.
- The cruise ship operator must conduct a monitored observation period and laboratory testing of volunteer passengers, as directed in CDC technical instructions or orders, prior to embarking volunteer passengers on a simulated voyage.
These are the stipulations the cruise ships and passengers must perform during each cruise.
• All volunteer passengers and crew members must follow testing protocols, which include rapid testing prior to both embarkation and disembarkation.
• Simulated sailings will need to meet CDC expectations for certification, which includes passengers wearing masks, wash and sanitize hands, and practice social distancing.
• The following activities must be simulated:
– embarkation and disembarkation procedures, including terminal check-in
– on board activities, including at dining and entertainment venues,
– private island shore excursions (if a port is visited)
– evacuation procedures
– transfer of symptomatic passengers or crew, or those who test positive for SARSCoV-2, from cabins to isolation rooms
– quarantine of all remaining passengers and non-essential crew
– other activities as may be listed in CDC technical instructions and orders
Here is the link to apply: Royal Caribbean test cruise application