Already 20 thousand people have asked Royal Caribbean to embark on the test trips imposed on American companies by the CDC. The procedure, for shipowners, is mandatory in view of the resumption of cruises.
According to Royal Caribbean, “this group of people will serve the community of cruise passengers eager and ready to be the first to return to sea.”
Sailing tests with guests on board are part of the second step in the process that any cruise line must complete in order for the CDC to authorize it to sail in United States waters. Drills conducted on these (non-profit) cruises will allow crew members to respond to any virus outbreak scenarios on board.
During test voyages, crew and volunteers must follow available protocols, participate in numerous drills and undergo repeated disease testing before each departure and disembarkation. In other words, these are very different experiences from the classic cruise.
Royal Caribbean has not yet provided any kind of information on when this series of tests might begin, although word has spread among several Facebook groups that they might begin in December.
The criteria that will be applied for the selection of candidates are also unknown, except that the company will not pay any kind of compensation or reimburse expenses, and that the volunteers must be at least 18 years of age at the time of enrollment.
The online form (click here) also allows you to deduce that volunteers from other countries, and not just from the United States, will be admitted , although no details have been provided.
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