Both Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises have sadly had to cancel a series of cruises (along with other cruise lines) in the #Coronavirus affected Asian region in recent days and weeks.
This leaves cruise lines with decisions over what to do with these ships when they can't fulfil their intended itineraries. In keeping with cruise lines phenomenal responses when things go wrong in the world, both cruise lines have decided to offer a series of free cruises to emergency and humanitarian workers.
Royal Caribbean's Spectrum of the Seas is on her way to Australia and will offer free cruises to Australia's first responder community in the recent bush fire crisis!
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Celebrity Millennium is on her way to California to offer a series of free 'Cruising For Heroes' cruises for Californian firefighters, first responders and veterans
For the cruise lines its a way to thank those who do so much to help others! Royal Caribbean have also committed to doing something similar in Asia as soon as its safe to return to reward and thank all those working hard to protect and care for others in these difficult times around Coronavirus.
Of course the other side of this is that it means all the staff on these ships are kept in employment, all the suppliers who supply the ships and perform services for the ships can continue to do so which is fantastic!
The 'cheapest' option was for the cruise line to dock the ships somewhere and leave them there and send the staff home on leave unpaid. They could easily have done same...but they haven't for this...Royal, Celebrity...we salute you! Brilliant!