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A look at Royal Caribbean's upgraded cruise ship facilities to combat COVID-19

Matt Hochberg

When Royal Caribbean restarts cruises with Quantum of the Seas in Singapore, the cruise ship will feature a variety of enhancements meant to contain, treat, and isolate any possible COVID-19 threats.

Royal Caribbean has introduced a wide array of new health protocols known as the Royal Promise, which also include upgrades and enhancements to its cruise ships.

These improved facilities mean their cruise ships have never been safer for guests and crew to be treated while onboard.

Medical Centers

Part of Royal Caribbean's overall plan to mitigate the threat of COVID-19 is to enahnce its onboard medical facilties.

The onboard medical care offers guests and crew members daily temperature checks, fast and free SARS-CoV-2 testing capabilities onboard, and complimentary in-stateroom medical evaluations.

Royal Caribbean has also added more doctors and nurses in their shipboard Medical Centers and enhanced our state-of-the-art equipment to provide high quality care.

The medical center itself has been redesigned  into two separate zones, including a dedicated Controlled Care Unit for the management of infectious diseases. Each zone is equipped with its own entrance, critical care beds, restrooms, and lab collection.

Some of the upgrades include: 

Upgraded Medical Equipment

  • Hospital grade ventilators
  • Cardiac monitor
  • Central oxygen system
  • Nebulizers
  • Defibrillators and external pacemakers
  • EKGs

Therapeutic Treatments

  • Antibiotics including IV medications
  • Antiretroviral
  • Oxygen therapy

Comprehensive Laboratory

  • Large range of tests
  • Results provided onboard
  • Includes PCR rapid testing for COVID-19

For its initial cruises from Singapore on Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean will cover any COVID-19 related medical treatment onboard, any required quarantine accommodation once off the ship and travel home, up to the value of $25,000 SGD.

Filtered and fresh air

Another major upgrade is the air filtration onboard that promises to deliver fresh air and filter the air onboard to avoid any possible pathogens circulating around the ship.

Every Royal Caribbean shipboard HVAC system continuously flows 100% fresh air from outdoors to your stateroom and public areas.

Upgraded MERV 13 filters capture aerosols 0.3 to 1 micron in size — fine enough to filter coronavirus, colds and flu.