Singapore Airlines may have had to scrap plans for flights to nowhere, but cruises to nowhere are a go. Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean have been approved to operate cruises to nowhere — round-trip cruises without any ports of call — for Singapore residents from November.
Genting Cruise Lines’ World Dream will start sailing from Nov 6, while Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas cruises will commence Dec 1.
Both vessels will be operating at reduced capacity of 50 per cent — that translates to close to 1,700 guests on World Dream, while Quantum of the Seas can hold approximately 2,000 guests at 50 per cent occupancy.
All passengers and crew will also have to undergo mandatory Covid-19 tests before embarkation. Guests on World Dream will have to pay an additional $60 per person for the Covid-19 test for guests aged 13 and over. On Quantum of the Seas, the cost of the Covid-19 test is included in passenger fares for bookings before Jan 30, 2021 (subject to change).
The $100 Singapore ReDiscovers vouchers that will soon be issued to Singaporeans cannot be used for booking these cruises. But that’s probably not going to deter folks from booking their first, er, overseas trip since the pandemic struck.