Sanitation Levels - What are they?

Yes yes, another post about the gastro outbreak on the Ovation . But this time I have some answers. This answers here are from the Ovation, so like all things Royal Caribbean, may or may not be applicable fleet wide. 

And hopefully after this, I can drop the subject and move onto more adventurous things; things like the Ultmate Dining Package (wooooooh!) 😱.

So sanitation levels (I still like BioSec more) can be set at Levels 1 through 3, with 3 being the strictest.  

Level 1

This is the default setting where the ship normally operates at. Staff are required to wipe down and clean surfaces a set number per shift. If you have been on a cruise, you have experienced this. And I’ll give Royal Caribbean this, I have never thought of their ships as dirty.   You can have fruit 🍋 garnishes in your drinks  

Level 2

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As a passenger you shouldn’t really notice much difference. Everything is open, you have all the access that you had at Level 1. The biggest difference is to the staff. They have to wipe down and clean all surfaces around 2x more frequently per shift.  Your very clean ship, gets cleaner.  The only thing I have noticed between 1 and 2 was that the barman swung by every 15 minutes to wipe down the bar and ordered drinks up off the bar to accomplish this. I maybe imagining this but at Level 1 I think they just wipe around your drinks 🍹.

You can still have fruit 🍈 garnishes in your drinks. 😊 

But there is no soft serve ice cream! 😱

Level 3

This is where things get real, and as a guest you will notice it. Many entrances are closed off, and guests are funnelled through choke points for “Washy Washy!”. For the staff, it’s basically non stop cleaning.  I noticed that even my hung up to “please don’t wash!” towel was getting taken away and fresh towels were issued every day.  And there’s no fruit 🍋 🍒 🍍 for your cocktails (and my soda water 🤯)

I also learnt that taking food back to your room is discouraged across all levels.  They won’t stop you at the lower levels but at 3. 🚨. 

Change of Level

So the big question is when does the level change! Royal Caribbean weren't to forthcoming with this information. Basically an increase in level is designed to contain the spread of infections. If they start seeing an infection spreading, up goes the level. If there is no increase in infection within a certain time, down goes the level. 

Currently on board Ovation of the Seas we are at Level 2. We have been that way for the past few days, but for most of the cruise we were at Level 3. Apparently for the next cruise the rough plan is to run at Level 2 for a couple to few days and see how the passengers are travelling. No new cases. We go to level 1. And we get soft serve icecream 🍦.

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