About 100,000 cruise-happy people have signed up as a “Volunteer of the Seas, for Royal Caribbean’s government-mandated test voyages, where passengers sail free of charge. Hundreds signed up after the company put out a call to action Saturday, setting up a Facebook page asking for volunteers who were eager enough to sail for free abroad a cruise ship during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“And just like that…100,000 people have volunteered. We can’t wait to start this next phase with you all!” wrote Royal Caribbean President Michael Bayley on his Facebook page.
These simulated voyages are among the cruise ship industry protocols instituted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for cruise lines to test their coronavirus safety measures, the New York Post reported.
In order for the luxury cruise liner to be able to cruise out of a U.S. homeport, they will need a permit from the Centers for Disease