Passengers can bag a free cruise if they volunteer for new trial sailings.
It’s part of a new set of rules introduced by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which stipulates that cruise lines must demonstrate their Covid protocols are up to scratch by operating trial sailings.
The CDC, which previously banned all cruises in response to the pandemic, advised companies to have “volunteers play the role of passengers to test cruise ship operators’ ability to mitigate Covid-19 risk”.
The idea is part of the CDC’s “framework of actionable items for the cruise line industry to follow” to enable cruising to restart safely.
Royal Caribbean has confirmed it plans to operate its own “mock” cruises with volunteers.
“We are going to be doing a series of sailings using our employees and other volunteers to test out the protocols and make modifications,” Vicki Freed, Royal Caribbean’s