Here is a look at what to expect aboard a trial sailing based on the CDC’s Conditional Framework and Cruise Industry News’ own analysis, along with input from industry sources.
Trial cruises could start as soon as December, according to industry executives, and Royal Caribbean has already put out a call for volunteers.
The CDC has made it clear cruises leaving from U.S. ports won’t be more than seven days, and with cruise lines looking to create a bubble, cruises are expected to be short, and only visiting private islands to start.
This would mean any early sailings will be in the three- to four-day range, most likely leaving from Miami, Port Everglades or Port Canaveral and featuring a single call at a private Bahamian destination.
As the cruise industry stages a phased-in return to service, ships won’t be anywhere near full to promote health and safety