Royal Caribbean announces raffle for volunteers to test cruise ships begins on Friday


Royal Caribbean will be holding a raffle for those who wish to take a free trial cruise later this week.

When cruise ships return to service in the United States, they must undergo a test cruise so that the ship can be approved by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Royal Caribbean posted a teaser on Facebook indicating that the Volunteers of the Seas contest opens this Friday, August 6.

No further details were shared regarding the ships or when these test cruises might take place.

Here are the official eligibility rules we can expect.

No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of 50 US / DC Excluding MT, aged 18 and over (19+ in AL and NE, 21+ in MS). Void in MT, outside 50 US / DC, and where prohibited. Starts 12:00:01 AM ET on August 6, 2021; ends at 12:01 AM ET on August 7, 2021. Total ARV for all 1,125 Grand Prizes: $ 731,250. For the full official rules, see the bio. The price excludes transport to and from the ship and hotel accommodation. Sponsor: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

On the Volunteers of the Seas Facebook page, the cruise line added, “Stay tuned here for more information on how to participate and your chance to join us on a simulated trip. “

It looks like anyone interested in earning a spot on a test cruise may need to re-register for this particular raffle.

Read more: This is what it looks like if Royal Caribbean invites you to volunteer for a test cruise

Royal Caribbean began taking registrations for test cruisers in November 2020 and quickly built up a list of over 300,000 registrations.

Royal Caribbean has opened its Volunteer of the Seas group with the aim of making it easier to collect information on anyone who might be interested in volunteering.

This is the first real opportunity to board a ship since the creation of the group.

The first test cruises were limited to cruise line employees, but in recent recent test cruises, Royal Caribbean began to invite members of the public. Travel agents, senior Crown and Anchor members, and members of the media have been invited to join other cruise line employees in testing.

Friday’s draw might be the first opportunity for members of the general public to secure a spot for a test sail.

In addition to demonstrating to the CDC the viability of new health protocols, Royal Caribbean is using these test crossings to prepare the ship and crew members before the chargeable crossings begin.

Read more: Everything you need to know about Royal Caribbean test cruises

So far, 7 test crossings have taken place, with Mariner of the Seas on August 11 and Oasis of the Seas on August 22, known publicly as upcoming test cruises.

There could be other test dates, but they have not been publicly announced.


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