It now looks like test volunteers is a thing after Royal Caribbean announced on its social media. The cruise line posted people to apply to become a test volunteer on simulated cruises, no doubt those missing cruising will be itching to apply, but it’s not what you think.
As the cruise line prepares on resuming cruises in 2021 and following the new CDC framework on a Conditional Sailing Order, it has announced today that it’s looking for cruise volunteers. Royal Caribbean posted on Facebook, “Can’t wait to cruise? You’re in the right place. This is your one-stop-shop for updates and next steps about joining us on a simulated cruise as we make our return to adventure.”
The cruise line has set up a new online form where those interested in simulated sailings can apply. The quick process does not go too much into detail and adds those interested onto a list. It doesn’t guarantee that cruisers will be chosen, and no doubt, there will be several requirements needed.
Royal Caribbean has also set up a new Facebook group named “Volunteer of the Seas,” which has already gained 7.4 thousand members. It’s looking like the cruise line will not be short of volunteers once trial sailings begin!
Detailed in the group settings, the cruise line said that it received more than 3,000 emails requesting to be a volunteer on test cruises this week. This did not include all the tweets, comments, and messages across its social media channels.
So the cruise line has already suspended operations from the U.S. until 2021. In the meantime, Royal Caribbean is working with the CDC and health experts on a safe return of operations, and a big part of that will be the need for trial sailings.
These cruises will need to stress-test new protocols and set to sail to Royal Caribbean’s own private island in the Bahamas Perfect Day at Coco Cay. They won’t be your usual sailings, and there’s going to be a heavy amount of testing procedures during the entire vocation process, including at ports.
The cruise line has said it continues to review the Conditional Sailing Order’s new 40-page framework and will announce more details on test cruises soon. Until then, cruisers should start getting excited about the restart of cruises!
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