If staycations don’t satisfy your wanderlust, there’s now the option of “cruises to nowhere”. Primed to become the next big thing in post-pandemic travel, these pleasure cruises allow guests to be out at sea while immersing themselves in onboard entertainment and activities.
In Singapore. two cruise lines have been given the green light to offer locals these cruises starting November this year. Featuring enhanced safety protocols and mandatory COVID-19 testing for both crew members and passengers, these cruises will launch under a pilot scheme that allow for round-trips with a maximum capacity of 50 percent.
According to the Singapore Tourism Board, Genting Cruise Lines’ World Dream will kick start its cruises on November 6, while Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas will set sail in December. The former will offer “Super Seacation” cruise packages for two or three nights, while the latter will present three- and four-night cruises.
Guests can expect to enjoy most activities on the ships, with the exception of self-service buffets, which have been eliminated to reduce crowding. Boarding and disembarking will also be staggered.
Royal Caribbean said that its vessel will come with an upgraded heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system to continuously supply “100% fresh, filtered air” from outside the ship to replace used air onboard.
Meanwhile, both cruise lines will offer credit for future sailings for guests who, unfortunately, test positive for COVID-19 prior to boarding.