We are thoughtfully designing our comprehensive program to protect everyone’s health while continuing to deliver the memorable cruise vacations synonymous with Royal Caribbean Group.
For 50 years, under our banner of continuous improvement, we have raised the bar again and again on safety standards in the industry. Together with experts on the Healthy Sail Panel, regulators like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and destination partners around the world, we are applying the best available science, technology, engineering and public health principles to develop our Healthy Sailing program.
The Healthy Sail Panel, a group of globally recognized experts assembled by Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., has concluded cruising can be safer in the current health environment with a robust set of science-backed protocols. Through research and their relevant experience in various disciplines including public health, infectious diseases, biosecurity, hospitality and marine operations, the panelists have identified more than 70 recommendations across five focus areas. The panel was assembled by Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., along with co-chairs Governor Mike Leavitt, and Dr. Scott Gottlieb.
The panel’s 5 areas of focus
Take aggressive measures to prevent COVID-19 from entering a ship through robust education, screening and testing of both crew and guests prior to embarkation
Reduce transmission via air management strategies and sanitation practices
Implement detailed plans for addressing any positive infection onboard, including contingencies for onboard treatment and evacuation
Contingency planning & execution
Closely control shore excursions
Destination & excursion planning
Enhance protection for crew members
Mitigating risks for crew members
Healthy Sail Panel
Introducing Royal Caribbean Group’s and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ “Healthy Sail Panel” — a team of cross-disciplinary experts enlisted to guide the cruise industry’s way forward in response to COVID-19. Comprised of globally recognized specialists in public health, infectious diseases, hospitality and maritime operations, the panel will advise us on a science-backed plan for a healthy return to service that ensures the wellbeing of our guests and crew as well as the communities we visit.
Governor Michael Leavitt
Leavitt Partners, Founder, Former Governor of Utah and Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb
Resident Fellow at AEI, Contributor at CNBC and Former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.