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Would You Volunteer for a Cruise Line’s Test Sailing?

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If you desperately miss cruising and want to help out the aquatic hospitality industry, you may be in luck.

The CDC mandated that cruise lines must complete a series of test sailings or mock voyages before resuming normal operations. (Or whatever “normal” will become.) Some of the voyages may not even leave the dock. Or they may venture out to sea or to a cruise line’s private island.

But test passengers may be needed! Volunteers won’t be paid. But it sounds as though they won’t have to pay to take part in the tests.

People‘s Georgia Slater writes, “These voyages will have to include embarkation and disembarkation procedures including terminal check-in, onboard activities including at dining and entertainment, and private island shore excursions, if planned.

“Companies must also test evacuation procedures, isolation of passengers or crew with COVID-19, and quarantining of others on board.”

Royal Caribbean hasn’t yet established how it’ll find its volunteers. But the cruise line wrote, “there has been an outpouring of cruise fans who would love to sign up.” It added, “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.”

Would You Volunteer for a Test Cruise?

Because of their HEPA filters and air vents, airliners may be safer than grocery shopping when it comes to coronavirus.

But cruise ships don’t exactly have a stellar reputation when it comes to viruses.

These test sailings aren’t like traditional soft openings of a new hotel or cruise ship. These, at least to me, seem to carry an element of danger or risk. You know, the exposure of COVID-19.

“All volunteer passengers and crew members must follow testing protocols, which include rapid testing prior to both embarkation and disembarkation,” Royal Caribbean wrote. That’s great — but I know several people who likely had false-negative COVID-19 tests.

I enjoy helping out and giving feedback — especially for products and industries in which my passions lie. But I think I’ll probably skip the test sailings.

How about you? Would you help cruise lines test the waters? Please share your thoughts in the below Comments section!

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6 Comments

  1. Absolutely I’d do it if I had the vaccine. Otherwise I’d want the same suit astronauts use when they perform space walks.

  2. I think it would make sense to require that the cruise volunteers have COVID-19 antibodies. We don’t know for absolutely certain yet the extent to which they provide protection, but it wouldn’t hurt (even if that rules out a lot of people, I suspect they would still easily fill the spots) and could be helpful.

  3. I would consider it, but would have to understand the respective cruise line process. Not sure my spouse would. A larger issue is getting to/from the embarkation port; I’m sure the cruise line won’t pay.

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  5. Barry Graham Reply

    I would do it. Hopefully they are looking here for volunteers!

  6. José Manuel Ortiz Pacheco Reply

    Of course I will. I do my request to be accepted as volunteers. I m sure that the cruiser will have all protocols.

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