Genting Hong Kong has reported that the World Dream cruise liner had to return to Singapore after a passenger tested positive for Covid-19.
Hong Kong.- Casino cruise ship operator Genting Hong Kong Limited has reported that the World Dream cruise liner had to return to Singapore after a passenger tested positive for Covid-19.
According to Reuters, nearly 3,000 passengers and crew were confined to their cabins while the infected passenger was taken to hospital once the ship docked.
The company said full cleaning was carried out at the cruise. The next sailing has been cancelled.
The capacity of World Dream was reduced from 50 per cent to 25 per cent in May 2021 but returned to 50 per cent on June 14.
In May, Genting Hong Kong published its audited 2020 results, revealing that revenue fell from US$1.56bn to US$366.8m mainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting suspension of cruise operations.
The company reported a net loss of US$1.72bn for 2020, which compares to a loss of US$158.6m in 2019.
As for the second half of 2020, it reported that total revenue was down from US$831.8m to US$140.6m. It reported a net loss of US$973m compared to US$102.1m in H2 2019.
Although at the time the company remained optimistic that major economic and trade activities, including cruising, would resume, it stated that the Covid-19 pandemic would continue to have a material impact on the Group’s business.
In May, the company reported that it had reached a recapitalisation proposal with stakeholders to access a new US$261.5m loan, which includes a small stake in the company, to finish construction of its Crystal Endeavor and Global Dream vessels.