One Of The World's Largest Cruise Ships Is Offering Firefighters A Free Holiday
Firefighters who have been involved in the horror bushfire season that hit Australia over the summer are being rewarded with a free holiday.
Cruise line brand Royal Caribbean is still working out the finer details but the offer comes as a surprising result of the coronavirus.
The Spectrum of the Seas, the company's Quantum-Ultra-class cruise ship, was unable to service its Asian market after being banned from Chinese waters, following the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, and the company that operates the 5,622-berth ship has turned its sights to Australia.
A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean said the company would rather thank the Aussies who put their lives on the line to help others than have the ship sit idle.
They told Traveller: "It is our privilege to offer two complimentary sailings on board our newest super liner Spectrum of the Seas from Sydney in the coming weeks, as a way of thanking the incredible first responder community who worked tirelessly over the bushfire season.
"We are in a fortunate position to offer such brave members of our community and their families the chance to join us for a few days to relax and unwind.
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"We will be announcing further details in the coming week following consultation with the relevant authorities, including cruise schedules and the booking process."
From the sounds of things, firefighters would be able to take one other person on the trip, however the journey's itinerary is yet to be worked out.
According to 7News, the cruise ship could depart from an Australian port as early as the end of February, however that might not be enough time for the firefighters to get approval from work.
Royal Caribbean's Chief Executive Michael Bayley released a statement to the news channel, thanking the 'brave and selfless members of the Australian community' and expressing how much they would love 'the opportunity to join us for a few days and let them relax and unwind in the company of other volunteers and first responders'.
Mr Bayley added: "By welcoming and accommodating them aboard Spectrum of the Seas, we hope to recognise their contribution and offer them our hospitality."
The Spectrum of the Seas is the 10th largest cruise ship in the world. It's a whopping 347 metres long, has 18 decks, 20 restaurants, a surfing wave machine, a 91-metre high observation ball attached to a crane, a skydiving simulator and loads of other stuff.
Sounds like a pretty sweet reward, to be honest.
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