Following the new Conditional Framework Order for sailing in the U.S., Royal Caribbean may be looking for volunteers to trial cruises.
This comes as the CDC ( U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) dropped their ‘No Sail’ order last week and introduced a new Conditional Framework with a phased approach to resuming sailings.
This means that Royal Caribbean will need to apply for a permit if the cruise line wants to sail out of U.S. homeports. In order to get a permit, the company will need to meet a number of requirements including having a number of trial cruises; using employees and volunteers as trial passengers to test safety and health protocols.
Speaking about the new protocol in a webinar last ween, Vicki Freed, senior vice president of sales and trade support and service said: “We are going to be doing a series of sailings using our employees and other volunteers to test out the protocols and make modifications.”
While this is an exciting step forward in the return to service, the details and logistics for this to happen have not yet been worked out.
“We haven’t decided how we’re going to select people at this point. We will be looking possibly for volunteers. We do not have all of the details yet fleshed out,” Freed explained.
She added: “It is going to require a lot of work to restart operations. It is complicated to go through this entire CDC recommendation and we are going to do it.”
The CDC dropped its ‘No Sail’ order and introduced the new framework on 30th October,
Rather than the previous blanket ban on international cruise travel from the U.S., the new framework will see the cruise industry working with the CDC to establish a safe and realistic return to service.