Casino cruise operator Genting Hong Kong halts departure from Singapore amid ongoing Coronavirus crisis.
Hong Kong.- Casino cruise operator Genting Hong Kong Ltd has cancelled a number of voyages departing from Singapore as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.
The cancellations comes after a similar decision we made earlier this month to cancel all voyages to Taiwanese ports “until further notice”.
Genting Cruise Lines operates three distinct ship-based holiday brands – Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises, and has cancelled a number of its scheduled voyages for the coming weeks.
Genting Dream’s sailings from Singapore were suspended from yesterday “to help curtail the spread of Covid-19 and because of tightening travel restrictions by various countries”, the operator said in a statement.
The company will resume operations in Singapore from March 27.
According to a previous statement, guests who had booked on any of the cancelled voyages would be contacted and provided with a variety of compensation options including to defer their cruise to a future sailing or, if needed, to cancel their cruise for a full refund.
Genting says that the cruise business environment in 2020 “will continue to be challenging” due to the coronavirus crisis.
“The ultimate economic damage from this ongoing epidemic in the People’s Republic of China is still under assessment, but efforts have been made to mitigate the impact to the group,” the company said in a statement.
“The group is confident and committed to long-term growth in the Asian cruise market – which it has been operating in for more than 26 years.”
The company also said that it was “proactively responding to the challenges to ensure the overall progress of its business operations is not derailed beyond temporary inconvenience”.