Royal Caribbean Group: 15 Steps Crew Needs to Follow Before Re-Joining

Nov 13, 2020

Royal Caribbean Group announced a 15-point plan aimed at the safe return of the shipboard employees which all the crew needs to follow while traveling from home to join the vessel.

After receiving a call from the company and all necessary documents are completed, such as Letter of Employment and Medical Examinations, the crew needs to self-quarantine and get tested for Covid-19. If the PCR test is negative the crew member will be allowed to travel back to the ship. There will be two additional quarantines before the crew member is allowed to work, one in a hotel near the port and another onboard the ship. After completing the quarantine period onboard, the crew member will be tested once again and if the PCR test is negative means he/she is ready to work.

Each crew member needs to take these steps very seriously in order to safeguard his own safety, as well as the safety of the fellow crew and ultimately not to compromise the restart of the cruise industry.

  • 1.Get tested for Covid-19 seven days before sign-on
  • 2.Self-quarantine at home while waiting for test results
  • 3.Begin healthy return to service training at home
  • 4.Upload negative PCR test results no less than 24 hours before departure
  • 5.Begin travels to the ship and follow all safety protocols.
  • 6.Follow all airport and airline safety guidelines
  • 7.Follow all safety protocols with ground transportation
  • 8.Self-isolate at the hotel room and order room service to avoid going out
  • 9.Complete health questionnaire as part of the online check-in
  • 10.Get temperature checked by the transportation company before leaving the hotel
  • 11.Take ground transportation to the port terminal following safety protocols
  • 12.Get temperature checked upon arrival at the port terminal
  • 13.Self-quarantine onboard
  • 14.Take online training to learn about new safety protocols and impacts to your role
  • 15.Get PCR test after the quarantine period onboard. A negative result means crew member is ready to work.


Things to remember

  • •Print out your test result or have it on your mobile device for traveling permissions
  • •Wear a face mask
  • •Avoid close contact, stay 6 feet- about 2 arms' length - apart from others.
  • •Wash your hands often and/or use hand sanitizer.
  • •Take care of yourself and stay safe while traveling.


Recognizing the new safety and health risks posed by the continued spread of the Covid-19, Royal Caribbean Group has focused on these measures to protect the health of passengers and crew and enable safe resume of cruising at the appropriate time.