Genting Cruises, which has resumed service in Singapore with the World Dream “Super Seacation” holidays, now plans to resume service from mainland China by the end of the year with “cruises to nowhere”, starting from Sanya city.
Genting Cruise Lines said that it had been in discussions with the government of China’s southern Hainan province about the cruises. Kent Zhu, president of Genting Cruise Lines, said that “we have submitted the necessary documents to the ministry of transport for approval, and aim to resume cruises by the end of the year”.
Genting views the cruises to nowhere as a temporary answer before a Covid-19 vaccine becomes widely available.
Zhu said that “since the no-destination sailings will not have any ports of call, this means that those who have embarked on a cruise ship are in a safe cruise bubble at sea throughout the journey, in which everyone has already tested Covid-19 negative”.
Hainan regional government has permitted some cruises to nowhere as the pandemic has been brought under control in China.
Genting has completed more than 35 sailings out of Taiwan, with no infections found during the trips, since cruising restarted there on July 26th.