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26. October 2020
Forget flights to nowhere, now cruises to nowhere is the thing! In these turbulent times, there are plenty of creative ideas. We have looked at what can be expected from these types of cruises.
Previously, we have written articles about Singapore Airlines’ A380 restaurant and experiences, Thai Airways pop-up restaurant, and even flights to nowhere. It has now become official that Singapore will launch cruises to nowhere for travel-hungry travellers.
Singapore’s National Tourist Office is organizing these pilot cruises in cooperation with Genting Cruise Line’s World Dream and Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas.
According to both cruise lines, the interest in these cruises has exceeded expectations! Genting Cruise Lines reported over 6,000 bookings within five days of opening for reservations, and Royal Caribbean’s first cruise is nearly sold out.
However, this will be a cruise beyond the ordinary. According to the Singapore National Tourist Board, there will be no ports of call, and it will operate with a maximum 50% occupancy and only be available for Singaporean residents.
In addition, there are other health and safety measures. All passengers must present a negative COVID-19 test before boarding. Once onboard, passengers must use face masks in all public areas, except when eating dinner and participating in sports activities.
Once onboard, there is a wide selection of culinary offerings and exciting activities. Some of these activities are rock climbing walls and a waterpark with six slides.
The cruise departs from Singapore and goes through the Straits of Malacca before returning to Singapore. Passengers can choose between packages for two or three nights, and the price starts from $359 Singaporean dollars (roughly £205) per person. A total of 23 cruises are planned, and the first cruise will commence in early November.