Travellers have been left disappointed after cruise ships around the world announced that they would be out of action due to COVID-19. Guests onboard cruise liners have been forced to leave the ships in order to help halt the spread of the virus.
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But one YouTuber has now described what it was really like onboard a cruise liner during the coronavirus pandemic.
Royal Caribbean crew member Chris Wong decided to vlog everyday of his time spent on the massive cruise ship during lockdown.
A regular vlogger, Chris began his latest video experience on March 13 at the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown on the cruise ship.
At the start of the lockdown, Chris was onboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas.
When lockdown commenced, he explained that the ship was in the middle of a cruise.
The ship had to drop its guests off at Miami but the crew were told to stay onboard.
On day two of the ordeal (posted on March 16), Chris described how much cleaning he had to do.
He said: “So, what have I been up to today? Since 8 o’clock this morning, I’ve actually been up and cleaning the ship.
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“Today it was described as a ‘full barrier clean’. Basically, all of our departments had to go around our work areas and clean and sanitise literally everything.
“For me, because I work in a casino, me and a couple of us were cleaning all the tables, the slot machines, and the chairs.
“But not only that, we were cleaning other areas too. After cleaning the casino, we then made our way to Playmakers which is the sports bar on the ship and had to clean some of the tables there too along with their arcade machines.
“Then we went up to the arcade, which is on deck 15, and we were cleaning all the games too and wiping down all the seats and literally everything.”
He added: “We had to sanitise the entire ship, every corner and every surface.”
Chris also said that they had to sanitise their crew corridors and their own cabins before taking a shower and putting the clothes they were wearing in the laundry.
He then said that he had his temperature checked which came back clear.
But after all that cleaning, the crew were allowed to enjoy a movie and food from a guest restaurant.
Other videos of Chris show him enjoying food from restaurants on board as well as soaking up the sun and enjoying a dip in one of the pools on board during the lockdown.
Chris’ last video on March 29 is of him in an almost empty airport returning back to the UK from the US.
Royal Caribbean has since given an update on its operations and extended its suspension until May 12.
Their website says: “At Royal Caribbean International, the safety and well-being of our guests and crew are always our top priorities.
“On March 13, we made the decision to voluntarily suspend our sailings departing from US ports, and later on March 14th we decided to also suspend operations for the remainder of our sailings worldwide.
“On March 24, we decided to extend our voluntary suspension until May 11, 2020.
“Our goal is to resume operations for most of our ships on May 12, 2020.”
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