With COVID-19 completely putting cruise lines on hold for 2020, the industry is looking ahead to 2021 to hopefully get back on track. A huge part of this means having effective, safe protocols in place, and that's where you might be able to help.

Royal Caribbean has announced they may soon be looking for "volunteers for its simulated cruises and test out its COVID-19 protocols" according to KATC.com.

The CDC has released new guidelines for the cruise line industry and have called for simulated cruises so that the new guidelines can be tested.

As of now it's not clear what compensation might be offered to volunteers, but there are some important things you should know if you're thinking about signing up when or if the opportunity becomes available.

KATC reports that cruise ship operators must "inform volunteers in writing that they are participating in a simulation of unproven and untested health and safety protocols for purposes of simulating a cruise ship voyage and that sailing during a pandemic is an inherently risky activity."

Some of the procedures that will be tested are social distancing, dining and entertainment, terminal check-in, various activities and more.

For volunteer requirements and more, head over to KATC.com.