Cruise Lines Are Restarting Operations

Cruise Line Restarting During Coronavirus.Volunteers Needed

For lovers of cruises, the cruise ship industry is looking to get back into business soon, even during a pandemic. Cruise lines are looking for volunteers to help simulate actual voyages, accompanied by the various amenities and excursions normally available. Many of these volunteers will include current employees.[1] This is practically a go ‘at your own risk’ trip. The close quarters of a cruise ship were breeding grounds for COVID-19 at the start of the pandemic.

No Compensation

It is important to note that you cannot be offered compensation as part of a volunteer for a trip on a cruise ship, whether you are an employee or not. This comes in any form, such as a promise of future employment, or money. This also means that your next vacation could be practically free.[2]

An Experiment at Sea

Those seeking to kick back and enjoy the sun on a cruise ship will have to sign a waiver, essentially indicating their awareness that they are “taking part in an experiment of untested protocols.”[3] Even if, as a volunteer, you witness blatant disregard for public health and the safety of passengers, putting you and others at risk, signing a legally binding agreement will make it difficult to obtain compensation on your part. Not to mention you will be isolated in a room if tested positive for COVID-19, and the ship can be locked down. Nonetheless, pandemic norms will still be in effect, such as social distancing, and wearing masks.[4] The limited options you have is important to keep in mind if considering taking part.

[1] Parker, Doug. “Https://”, Cruise Radio, 10 Nov. 2020,

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid. is the website for the workers compensation attorneys firm of Livingston, DiMarzio LLP Our team of attorneys is made up of New Jersey Mesothelioma Lawyers, NJ Workers Comp Lawyers, Employment Lawyers and Certified New Jersey Worker’s Compensation Attorneys.