Royal Caribbean (RCL) – Get Report Chief Executive Michael Bayley said that 100,000 people have volunteered to test its coronavirus protocols on board its ships.
The testing program, launched last Thursday, is designed to show the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the Miami cruise operator can safely operate during the covid-19 pandemic.
Mock trips with volunteer passengers are part of the Conditional Sailing Order set by the CDC on Nov. 1 after the agency lifted a ban on cruise ships operating in U.S. waters, according to media reports.
All cruise ships are required to launch at least 15 trial sailings to receive a covid-19 conditional sailing certificate from the CDC and to be able to sail with passengers again.
The CDC also requires cruise lines to protect crew members by providing regular testing and proper safeguards before they can launch the trial sails.