Royal Caribbean moves Covid positive crew to Serenade of the Seas

Showing dedication to helping crew members, one of the Royal Caribbean cruise ships that has been decommissioned will be used to house crew members from other ships that have tested positive for Covid-19.

Serenade of the Seas was one of the ships whose January-April cruises were canceled last week. Instead of operating cruises with paying passengers, she will join two other Royal Caribbean ships in a supporting role.

Almost since the beginning of the Omicron variant, Royal Caribbean has done its best to treat crew members who are sick.

Unlike land-based companies who simply send their workers home with little to no support, Royal Caribbean has taken the extraordinary step of taking two of its ships out of service to serve as Covid rooms, where these crew members can rest and entertain. the care they need. need to be healthy and return to work.

Serenade of the Seas is one of three ships operating in this role, alongside the Rhapsody of the Seas and the Vision of the Seas.

Assist crew members through the fleet

Royal Caribbean crew member Martina opened up about Serenade’s new role in a YouTube video she posted shortly after Serenade of the Seas ceased sailing with passengers.

“In order to alleviate the pressures of the number of Covid cases around the fleet, Serenade will play a supporting role,” explained Martina.

“We will be what they call a quarantine or a hospital ship for Royal Caribbean crew members who are Covid positive. “

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She said they would accept non-serious cases among the crew members, “They will be embarked on the Serenade of the Seas in order to get better, to be well taken care of, to be able to recover in a healthy environment and more isolated without putting pressure on other vessels still trying to navigate.

Why move the crew members off the ship? A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean recently said the idea was to keep healthy crew members away from sick people, while caring for them simultaneously.

According to Royal Caribbean, the transferred crew members, all of whom are fully vaccinated, are being isolated and monitored by a medical team on board. Once each crew member has completed their 10-day quarantine, they return to their assigned ships.

In addition to helping the crew, having fewer crew members on operational ships means a better chance that cruise ships are not denied entry into a port of call due to the threshold being exceeded. people on board with Covid-19.

Martina sees this as an opportunity, and not bad news, “I don’t see it as bad news. I see it as a role that I’m proud the Serenade can play, because as you can see, it doesn’t. isn’t. means the cruises stop, not at all. We’re just using our resources, I think, in a smarter way. “

Why was Serenade chosen to help?

Martina thinks the reason Serenade of the Seas has canceled its cruises may be because the timing is working well for an upcoming refurbishment.

Serenade of the Seas is slated for a break from cruising in a few months to undergo a multi-week refurbishment. These refurbishments typically occur once every few years and constitute a maintenance visit throughout a shipyard.

Martina speculates that since Serenade had to leave the fleet anyway, taking her out of service a little earlier made more sense: we’re just taking a break before that. “

Martina also points out that since Serenade started in Alaska last summer, many crew member contracts were about to expire at that time.

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