The very first Royal Caribbean reopening cruise has been announced with government approval in Singapore.
Royal Caribbean’s first cruise ship to resume operations will be the Quantum of the Seas departing from Singapore on December 1st, 2020. The announcement comes after Royal Caribbean halted operations more than 6 months ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Launch: The first cruise in the United States is scheduled for January 1st, 2021 which will features a 3 night Bahamas cruise from Miami.
The Royal Caribbean cruise departing from Singapore will go ahead as confirmed by Angie Stephen, managing director, Asia Pacific, Royal Caribbean International.
“Singapore residents are adventurous travelers, and we are so excited to give them the opportunity to get away from their daily grind and enjoy a thrilling world-class Ocean Getaway, with total peace of mind. While the cruise experience will be different than it was pre-pandemic, we are committed to providing the signature Royal Caribbean holiday that guests know and love, while keeping the health and safety of everyone on board as our top priority.”
The first cruise which is already listed on Royal Caribbean’s website is being called the ‘Opening Cruise’. It features a 2 night sailing from Singapore and will give Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas the chance to test out its new health and safety protocols.
“I extend my deepest gratitude to the Singapore Government for their collaboration and support and confidence in Royal Caribbean to deliver a safe cruising experience. We share their strong commitment and focus to reignite the local economy and bring back jobs and services supporting the travel industry, state Angie Stephen”
Keith Tan, Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Tourism Board said that Singapore remains committed to growing cruising in the region.
As ASEAN’s lead coordinator for cruise development, Singapore remains committed to supporting and growing cruise tourism in the region. Royal Caribbean International is a key partner in growing cruising in Singapore and the region, and I am confident in their ability to maintain the highest standards of hygiene and safety. We will continue to work with cruise lines and our industry stakeholders to chart a new course for safe cruising.”
The Singapore government will closely monitor the relaunch of cruising in the coming months before taking the next steps of a full reopening with all cruise lines.
The government has also given approval to Dream Cruises which will resume operations in Singapore starting on November 6th, 2020. The 2 and 3 night cruises will feature sailings on the World Dream.
“Genting Cruise Lines is proud to continue its long and productive relationship with Singapore since 1993. We are confident that the resumption of operations in Singapore will further contribute and benefit the various local supply and related network chain of the cruise tourism sector,” said Michael Goh, President of Dream Cruises.
Royal Caribbean is offering passengers on its Singapore cruises COVID-19 coverage which includes:
- 100% Future Cruise Credit if you or someone in your travel party tests positive within three weeks prior to the cruise
- 100% Future Cruise Credit if you or someone in your travel party tests positive at the boarding terminal
- 100% refund for you and your travel party if any of you tests positive during your cruise
- Royal Caribbean will cover COVID-19-related costs up to $25,000 SGD ($20,000 USD) per person in your travel party, for onboard medical costs, cost of any required quarantine, and travel home.
Royal Caribbean Health and Safety Protocols For Singapore Relaunch
Passengers can expect new health and safety COVID-19 protocols on all sailing departing from Singapore including the following:
- Every guest and crew member will be required to test negative for SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) prior to boarding — and Royal Caribbean will cover the cost of your test for sailings departing on or before 30 January 2021.
- Daily temperature checks
- Rapid testing capabilities
- In-room medical evaluations when needed
- Fresh filtered air
- Medical grade cleaning standards
- Reduced capacity
- Upgraded medical facilities
The sailings will only be open to residents of Singapore at this time.
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