Royal Caribbean offers firefighters free cruises because it is moving a ship from Asia to Sydney due to fear of coronavirus
- Royal Caribbean offers two cruises for those who fought against forest fires
- The company said it was a way to thank those who fought against fire for weeks
- Firefighters have been fighting for months against violent forest fires that have killed 33 people
Royal Caribbean offers firefighters free cruises while moving a huge ship to Australian waters.
Cruise ship Spectrum of the Seas comes to Sydney after the deadly corona virus saw that it was unable to navigate Asian waters.
The details are expected to be released in the following week, but there are reportedly two cruises on offer for those who fought the fire during the devastating bushfire season.
The Spectrum of the Seas of the Royal Caribbean gives away free cruises to firefighters
“It is a privilege to offer two free sailings aboard our latest super liner Spectrum of the Seas from Sydney in the coming weeks, as a way to thank the incredible first-responder community that has been tirelessly during the bushfire season “a spokesman for Royal Caribbean said in a statement.
“We are in a happy position to give such brave members of our community and their families the opportunity to come and stay with us for a few days to relax and unwind.
“We will disclose further details in the coming week, after consultation with the relevant authorities, including cruise schedules and the booking process.”
The billion dollar cruise can accommodate up to 5,622 passengers and 20 restaurants.
Those on board can also spend time by swimming in the pool, surfing in the wave pool and trying a skydiving simulator.
The ship has not been in Asian waters for two weeks, making it safe to continue sailing.
Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said the journeys were a way for the ‘brave and selfless’ firefighters to relax.
Firefighters can choose between swimming in the pool or dining in one of the ship’s 20 restaurants
“We are in a happy position to offer these brave and selfless members of the Australian community the opportunity to join us for a few days and let them relax and unwind in the company of other volunteers and first responders,” said Mr. Bayley.
“By welcoming and accommodating them aboard Spectrum of the Seas, we hope to acknowledge their contribution and offer our hospitality.”
Bayley also said that if it was deemed safe, Royal Caribbean would offer a free cruise to China to support first aid workers and medical personnel affected by the deadly corona virus.
Firefighters are seen cutting off trees while fighting a hell in Newra on New Year’s Eve in Nowra in New South Wales
For months, thousands of firefighters worked day and night to tackle the furious forest fires that tore through Australia.
Many volunteers had to quit their jobs to help, while some firefighters tragically lost their lives.
Firefighters Andrew O’Dwyer, 36, and Geoffrey Keaton, 32, died on December 19 after a tree fell on their truck as they traveled through Buxton, south of Sydney.
A volunteer firefighter, 28-year-old Samuel McPaul, died while fighting a fire in Jingellic, in Green Valley, about 70 km east of Albury, on the NSW-Victoria border, on December 30.
A ‘fire tornado’ caused his 10-ton fire truck to roll before he was killed.
Fires broke through more than 11 million hectares throughout the country, killing 33 people.
For months, thousands of firefighters worked day and night to tackle the furious forest fires that tore through Australia