A team of top medical and scientific experts are guiding our strategy

Our love of travel is what keeps us looking forward. Our new Healthy Sail advisory panel—11 expert doctors, scientists, and health specialists—is guiding our way to safely cruising the new world. 
The Healthy Sail Panel has provided a 60+page report with over 70 detailed best practices which will be used to inform future public health guidance and preventative measures relating to travel on cruise ships. The Panel submitted these recommendations on 9/21/20 to the U.S. CDC. The Panel identified five areas of focus to improve health and safety for guests and crew and reduce the risk of infection and spread of COVID-19 on board cruise ships.

5 Areas of Focus



Temperature Screening


Exposure Reduction

Exposure Reduction



Temperature Screening




Temperature Screening

Contingency Planning & Execution


Destination & Excursion Planning

Temperature Screening

Mitigating Risks for Crew Members

Each cruise line will use the Panel’s recommendations to inform the development of new, detailed operating protocols, which will be submitted to CDC and other authorities around the globe for review and approval–an important milestone in the process of resuming sailing around the world.



Experts & Partners

Panel Co-Chairs

Governor Michael Leavitt
Leavitt Partners, Founder
Former Governor of Utah and Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Bush Administration.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb
Resident Fellow at AEI
Dr. Scott is a contributor at CNBC. He’s also a former Commissioner of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

Public Health Experts

Helene Gayle, MD, MPH
CEO of Chicago Community Trust
Dr. Gayle is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Public Health Association, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH
EVP/Chief Patient Officer for Merck
She is a world-renowned public health expert and, prior to joining Merck, Dr. Gerberding served as the Director of the CDC from 2002-2009.
Stephen Ostroff, MD
Former Commissioner of the FDA
He served as the FDA’s chief scientist in 2013 and has also served as deputy director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the CDC.

Biosecurity Expert

Steven Hinrichs, MD
Chair of Dept. of Pathology and Microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
Steven is Director of the University of Nebraska Center for Biosecurity and former Director of the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory.

Infectious Disease Experts

Michael Osterholm, MD, PhD
Director of the Research Center for Infectious Disease at the University of Minnesota
Dr. Osterholm is one of the foremost experts in public health, infectious disease and biosecurity. He is an international leader on pandemics preparedness.
William Rutala, PhD, MS, MPH
Experience managing diseases & studying epidemiology & virology
Dr. Rutala research interests are the etiology and prevention of healthcare associated infections with a focus on disinfection and sterilization of reusable medical and surgical devices.

Hospitality Expert

Kate Walsh, PhD
Dean at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University
Ms. Walsh is also a leader in education for the global hospitality industry; and a renowned expert in organizational service design, leadership and career development, and the strategic investments of human capital.

Maritime Operations

Captain Patrik Dahlgren
SVP of Global Marine Operations and Fleet Optimization for Royal Caribbean Group
Dahlgren’s was a lead contributor to the Quantum of the Seas development and received the esteemed RINA (Royal Institute of Naval Architects) award for its innovation and contributions to maritime safety.
Robin Lindsay
EVP of Vessel Operations for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
In this role, Lindsay is responsible for Marine & Technical Operations, Hotel Operations, Entertainment, Product Development, Port & Destination Services, Fleet Personnel, Out Islands and New Build & Ship Refurbishment for all brands.

Leading Our Global Health Policy

Dr. Calvin Johnson
Global Head, Public Health and Chief Medical Officer for Royal Caribbean Group
In this new role, Johnson will lead the Group’s global health and wellness policy, public health and clinical practice, and strategic plans and global healthcare operations. Johnson will also collaborate with the Healthy Sail Panel to implement its protocols and recommendations. Dr. Johnson, most recently Principal at Altre Strategic Solutions Group, is the former Chief Medical Officer for Corizon Health, then the largest provider of correctional health care in the United States, and for Temple University Health System.

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