Happy Sunday! Temperatures may be dropping, but there is plenty of Royal Caribbean news to share. This is your weekly summary of all the Royal Caribbean news from this past week, perfectly fitted for your consumption.
Royal Caribbean announced this week it has cancelled its December 2020 cruises in order to take more time to prepare for cruises to restart.
Excluding Quantum of the Seas sailings in Singapore, Royal Caribbean cancelled its December cruises so that it could utilize this time to thoroughly train staff and crew on new health and safety protocols, while also conducting a number of trial sailings to stress-test these measures in real-world conditions.
Rather than being prohibited by the CDC from sailing at all, the pathway for cruises to restart as opened, and Royal Caribbean is working on satisfying the CDC's stringent rules.
Before cruises can fully resume, the CDC has outlined a series of steps that need to occur before cruise ships can begin taking passengers onboard.
Royal Caribbean News
- Royal Caribbean added the virtual muster drill to its app
- Royal Caribbean Group CEO spoke on CDC allowing cruise ships to conditionally sail again
- The cruise industry announced it will also cancel December 2020 cruises
- Key West voters approved a ban on large cruise ships
- Royal Caribbean delays 2022-2023 Europe deployments
- The public overwhelmingly told CDC that cruises should restart
- 5 Royal Caribbean things you had no idea existed
- Why cruise ships will not be able to restart right away
- A look back at Royal Caribbean's past Black Friday deals
- Top 10 things you should never do on a cruise
- Odyssey of the Seas photo construction update
- A look back at which U.S. President attended the launch of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship
- Royal Caribbean's November sale offers 60% off second guest and more
- Top 8 things repeat cruisers seem to say all the time
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Royal Caribbean May Need Volunteers for Trial Cruises
Before Royal Caribbean can restart cruises with paying passengers, they will need to conduct test sailings and it is not clear yet how volunteers will be selected for that process.
On Wednesday, Royal Caribbean Senior Vice President, Sales, Trade Support and Service, Vicki Freed, told travel agents that a combination of cruise line employees and volunteers would be used onboard a series of test cruises in order to test out the new health and safety protocols.
Since then, cruise fans have taken to social media to let the cruise line know that they are willing and able to be one of those volunteers.
Simulated sailings will need to meet CDC expectations for certification, which includes passengers wearing masks, wash and sanitize hands, and practice social distancing.