The travel industry has been hit hard amid the coronavirus pandemic.
But there’s no question that cruise lines will be hit the hardest after several ships were carrying infected passengers and forced all those onboard to self-isolate.
And one cruise ship employee penned her “horrifying” firsthand account. But it was not nearly as horrifying as you’d think.
There’s no question the global pandemic has only complicated every problem around the world.
Industries are failing, companies are going out of business, and unemployment is on the rise.
Obviously, the industry hardest hit has been travel – airlines are in dire need of bailouts, hotels are at 90-percent vacancy, and car rental companies are selling parts of their fleets to cope with the loss of revenue. The list goes on and on.
We Will Prevail
But one of the most obnoxious things to occur during the lockdown is the number of celebrities posting videos complaining about how “awful” it is to be “stuck” in their huge Hollywood mansions. Yeah, it must be so miserable to be them, right?
These celebrities are complaining about staying in a place that would be a mind-blowing vacation to the rest of us.
After all, these cruise ships are like small towns – all of your basic necessities are right there plus luxury amenities.
Well, one Royal Caribbean cruise ship employee, Hannah Lucy, recently described her quarantine experience to the New York Post.
After bloviating about what the typical life for an employee is like aboard a cruise ship, Lucy revealed, “There was no quarantine with guests onboard. From the 17th [of March] until the 30th we were not in self-isolation but rather simply isolated on the ship as we were not going off into ports. So, essentially we were all together in our rather large house.”
An all-inclusive big house on the sea?
Of course, by March 31st, everyone was put into self-isolation in their own separate cabins. Couples were isolated together while employees were given guest cabins, which are monumentally better than where they normally reside in the belly of the ship.
Lucy also pointed out that the guest cabins were “about 20 feet by 8 feet, plus the balcony.”
They were there for 14 days, which ended on April 13th.
Amenities are Stellar
So, when they weren’t self-isolating, what was life like? The answer is, it was far better than life for the rest of us.
“Before going into self-isolation, when not working, we spent most of our time sunbathing and using the pool and the gym, which was great. I myself was hosting activities to entertain the crew. Obviously, now that we are in cabin isolation we cannot use the facilities, but I hope that when the 14 days are up we will be able to again.”
Basically, employees spent the rest of their time aboard an enormous ship with amenities we can only dream of right now.
The worst part of Lucy’s tone-deaf experience?
“We have breakfast, lunch and dinner delivered to our room; they’re varied and usually come with a meat, fish and vegetable options. We get two bottles of water a day, desserts and salad. The meals are not bad, however bread and rice is a staple… which is great for my weight, but that’s something I’ll have to deal with after. I’m just gonna have to live in the gym after this.”
Oh, they also had free Wi-Fi. Not to mention awesome ocean views daily.
Gee, how awful.