Let’s talk about the health and safety protocols in place for our cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas.
First, a couple of notes – these are the protocols in place today for our cruise from Miami on Freedom of the Seas. These protocols will change and evolve regularly. Part of my job is to make sure you know where and how to access the latest information.
Second – I absolutely feel safe, comfortable and at ease on the ship. For lack of a better term, Royal Caribbean ‘ain’t playing’ when it comes to these health and safety protocols. Everything I talk about below is strictly (but pleasantly) enforced.
The first step is to complete a health survey on the Royal Caribbean app before arriving at the terminal. It’s a simple survey, not much different from what you’ve always filled out for a cruise. When you arrive at the port you’ll be a asked few more COVID specific questions.
If you are fully vaccinated – like we are – when you provide verification, you’ll be given a wristband that will allow you access to all areas of the ship.
If you are not fully vaccinated then you must take a COVID test before boarding the ship and before disembarking the ship. You will be charged for these tests. The current cost is $136.
Also, beginning August 1st, unvaccinated passengers sailing from Florida will be required to purchase insurance for medical expenses, evacuation and quarantine costs.
Guests who are not fully vaccinated will also have a hole punched in their Sea Pass card which will be checked for access to certain areas on the ship.
Once onboard the ship, masks are required in most public areas like passageways and the promenade.
Masks are not required in designated Vaccinated Guest areas. Some of these areas include the adult pool, one of the main dining rooms, the fitness center and spa, a couple of the specialty restaurants and a few of the lounges.
This is where the wristband and Sea Pass card come in to play. I promise from experience they will check.
Mask are not required outside on deck or when seated and actively eating or drinking.
All crew members wear masks at all time.
Along with masks the ship follows all the cleaning, hand washing and sanitizing and distancing guidelines we’ve grown accustomed to.
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