Royal Caribbean contact tracing bracelet is mandatory for cruise ship passengers
Royal Caribbean has deployed a contact tracing bracelet that cruise ship passengers, guests and crew are required to wear while on board the ship.
The Contact Tracing Bracelet is known as the Tracelet and was created through a partnership between Royal Caribbean and TraceSafe.
The data collected by Tracelet can only be accessed by cruise ship staff. Royal Caribbean assures customers that data will be deleted 24 days after a customer’s cruise has ended.
Royal Caribbean Contact Tracing Bracelet
(Photo: Screenshot taken from Royal Caribbean website)
Royal Caribbean, the cruise line that owns the Symphony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, has rolled out a contract-tracing bracelet called the Tracelet.
According to Royal Caribbean website, the Tracelet “is a comfortable, water resistant and hypoallergenic portable device worn by all guests and crew during the cruise.” Customers who refuse to wear the Tracelet will not be allowed to navigate.
As to why it is mandatory for everyone to wear it, Royal Caribbean says the cell phone “helps us trace contacts in the unlikely event of a health problem on board.”
The Tracelet is not only used for contact tracing. According to a report by MobiHealthNews, the mobile can also be used as a room key or as a means of payment on the ship.
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Data that the Tracelet collects
According to a separate article on the Royal Caribbean website, the contact tracing bracelet tells the company “how close you got to people who were identified as COVID-19 risks and how long you stayed with them.”
The data collected by Tracelet is only accessible by staff and will be deleted 24 days after the end of a client’s cruise.
Cruises and COVID-19
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cruise ship travel is at Level 3 for COVID-19 risks. Level 4 is the CDC’s highest risk classification.
“The virus that causes COVID-19 is easily spread between nearby people on ships, and the chances of contracting COVID-19 on cruise ships are high,” according to the CDC.
The CDC recommends that people not vaccinated against COVID-19 avoid cruises. It also recommends that people “at increased risk of serious illness” also avoid cruise ship travel.
Several cruises last year had to quarantine their passengers for long periods of time as COVID-19 raged around the world. Many have shared their COVID-19 experiences online, including a couple who were passengers on the Diamond Princess and who tested positive for COVID-19.
While many quarantined passengers were eager to get home, other passengers believed they were having the best cruise of their lives as they quarantined themselves on cruise ships. This was mainly due to the fact that they were given free food and internet, among other things.
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