The cruise ship operator has restarted cruises to nowhere after the pause due to Covid-19 measures.
Singapore.- Royal Caribbean International has launched its “cruise to nowhere” service departing from Singapore.
With capacity limited to 2,000 passengers – half of the usual maximum – the maiden journey welcomed 1,300 guests with strict anti-Covid-19 protocols before boarding, including online-only check-in, baggage disinfection, and a requirement for passengers to submit a negative Covid-19 test prior to arrival.
According to Royal Caribbean, a second sailing scheduled for Monday, December 7, already has 1,700 bookings.
Angie Stephen, managing director for Asia Pacific at Royal Caribbean International, told The Straits Times: “We want to trial our product, and the demand is there, as we are already 99% sold out for most of December. We’d like to start slow and ramp up in a safe manner.”
Genting Cruise Lines became the first to offer cruise to nowhere sailings from Singapore on 6 November with World Dream’s first sailing welcoming 1,400 guests onboard under similar Covid-19 restrictions.