In this episode we’re talking about 10 bold cruise innovations brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
While we don’t know everything about how cruising will look when it resumes, we do know that the lines have been tasked with re-imagining guest health and safety, and some of these innovations are pretty remarkable. A perfect example is Royal Caribbean’s Tracelet, a custom wearable required for all guests and crew on board Quantum of the Seas. The technology helps monitor physical distancing and the cruise line’s contract tracing procedures.
Our quick list of 10 bold cruise innovations is below.
- Digital check in will be the norm
- Pulse oximeter as part of health screening
- Virtual muster concepts
- Enhanced medical centers and staffing
- Air filtration
- Contact tracing devices
- MedallionNet wifi geared toward working cruisers
- Contactless cruising
- Hospital grade disinfecting
- Excursion bubbles
We are particularly excited to see the enhanced medical centers and staffing. Royal Caribbean has set the standard with Quantum of the Seas sailing from Singapore in back December, and has continued to update its health and safety standards.
As part of the brand’s “Royal Promise” campaign, each ship will have additional doctors and nurses onboard and ashore, as wEvery onboard physician will have received mandatory acute respiratory training before the journey.
So how will the medical center operate if there’s a possible COVID-19 case?
“If a guest starts to feel ill, they can report the need for immediate medical attention by phone, to the nurse on duty. Our medical team will evaluate the guest in the comfort and privacy of their stateroom and determine if a SARS-CoV-2 test is needed,” reads the information on the Royal Caribbean International website.
“Our onboard medical facilities are prepared to offer robust treatment with rapid RT-PCR testing onsite, state-of-the-art equipment enhancements like hospital-grade ventilators with CPAP and BiPAP capabilities, a dedicated controlled care center; and more critical care beds on each ship.”
Thanks to rapid technology-enabled contact tracing, the cruise line will also be able to advise guests in the event they had extended contact with any known case.
Health and safety protocols are subject to change without notice based on ongoing evaluation, public health standards, and government requirements.
The ships will also carry an infection control officer who monitors and coordinates the implementation of the company’s infection control plan onboard.
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