Genting Cruise Strains, Royal Caribbean given inexperienced mild to restart sailings in Singapore: Journey Weekly

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) announced the resumption of its cruise sector on October 8, with Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International – both based on-site – offering cruises starting next month.

These pilot projects will be delivered with significantly improved safety protocols based on STB’s soon-to-be-confirmed, mandatory CruiseSafe certification program – similar to the cruise version of the SG Clean standard for hotels.

A host of stringent measures will track passenger travel from pre-boarding to after disembarking to ensure the “safety and well-being of our local community as well as passengers and crew,” the STB press release said Thursday.

Therefore, the “Nowhere Cruises” pilot will have no ports of call, will sail with a reduced capacity of up to 50% and will only be open to residents of Singapore.

Passengers can choose between Genting Cruise Lines’ World Dream, which sails on November 6th, or Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, which launched on December 1st.

“The cruise pilot is a valuable opportunity for cruise companies to reinvent the entire cruise experience in order to regain passenger confidence. As ASEAN’s lead coordinator for cruise development, Singapore remains committed to supporting and growing cruise tourism in the region. We will continue. ” to work with cruise companies and our industry stakeholders to set a new course for safe cruising, “said Keith Tan, CEO of STB.

The news comes at a critical time for tourism-dependent Singapore, where all port calls to cruise ships have been closed since March of this year. Ultimately, if the plans go smoothly, it could mean restarting the vacation trip and keeping the desperate local agents struggling with the opening afloat.

STB said the government will closely monitor these crossings and compliance with improved security protocols in the coming months before issuing a next move on cruises.

For travel agents interested in learning more about the restart of cruises in Singapore, Travel Weekly Asia is currently organizing CruiseWorld Asia, a three-part virtual training workshop to educate the Asian cruise trade on the latest updates and secure cruise logs.

Source: Travel Weekly Asia