Quantum of the Seas is only allowed to transport Singaporeans on three- and four-night short breaks. This first trip lasts two nights and is 30% busy, a company spokeswoman told Seatrade Cruise News.
This follows on from Dream Cruises’ World Dream, which began short cruises from Singapore to nowhere on November 6th.
Token and Tracelet
In addition to making its own recommendations for the Healthy Sail Panel, Royal Caribbean worked closely with Singapore Health and Tourism Authorities to follow all requirements and guidelines of required CruiseSafe certification standards, including wearing a token for distancing and contact tracing.
The token is issued by the Singapore government. In addition, Royal Caribbean provides travelers and crew members with a tracelet that they can wear on board to aid in contact tracking.
Pre-cruise COVID tests and screenings, upgraded HVAC systems to improve filtration, strict cleaning practices, and reduced capacity are some of the measures taken.
Tests before and after the cruise
According to the protocols outlined in The Royal Promise, travelers of all ages must take a SARS-CoV-2 test within 48 to 72 hours prior to boarding. Passengers are also tested at the terminal at the end of their cruise. If the If the result is positive, they will be contacted and given a notification asking them to contact a specific clinic for further testing.
The cost of the tests is included in the cruise fare for departures that depart by March 18.
Royal Caribbean said Quantum will sail at no more than 50% of its usual capacity. According to a contribution from the Singapore Cruise Society, which is represented on board, the ship carries 1,093 passengers.
“Singapore residents are adventurous travelers and we are excited to give them the opportunity to get away from it all and enjoy an exciting, world-class getaway at sea,” said Angie Stephen, Asia Pacific General Manager, Royal Caribbean International. “While the cruise experience will be different than it was before the pandemic, we are committed to delivering the typical Royal Caribbean vacation that guests know and love, with the health and safety of everyone on board a top priority.”
In the event of a COVID case …
For better safety, the cruise includes COVID-19 protection measures that include 100% credit for a future cruise if a passenger or a member of their travel group performs a positive COVID-19 test in the three weeks prior to the booked cruise or a full refund if a passenger or a member of their travel party tests positive during their trip.
Royal Caribbean covers COVID-19 costs up to SGD 25,000 per person in the tour group for medical costs on board, required quarantine and travel home.
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