Royal Caribbean gets CDC approval for test cruises

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has given Royal Caribbean group approval for test cruises, starting out of Miami in late June.

RCL will be able to conduct simulated cruises from PortMiami on the Freedom of the Seas (IMO 9304033), with volunteer passengers, in order to test out its Covid-19 protocols.

CDC spokesperson Caitlin Shockey said that “over the past month, senior leadership from CDC have met multiple times a week with cruise line senior executives to discuss the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order (CSO). During these meetings, participants asked questions and discussed the fastest path back to sailing without compromising safety. CDC and the cruise industry agree that the industry has what it needs to move forward and no additional roadblocks exist for resuming sailing by mid-summer.”

2006-built, Bahamas-flagged, 156,271 gt Freedom Of The Seas is owned and managed by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd of Miami, Florida, USA. It is entered with Gard