Singapore to offer cruises to nowhere

Singapore is to offer “cruises to nowhere” from November, bypassing the Covid-19-related problems associated with holiday ships docking in foreign ports.

Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International are to run pilot cruises that have no ports of call. They will operate at half-capacity, with stringent health protocols, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said on Thursday October 8th.

The cruises, called “round trips” are open only to people who live in Singapore. The vessels will sail in waters just off the city-state.

STB chief executive Keith Tan said that “this cruise pilot is a valuable opportunity for cruise operators to reinvent the entire cruise experience in order to regain the confidence of passengers”.

The cruises will require guests to have mandatory Covid-19 tests prior to boarding and to refrain from close contact with others on the ship.

Royal Caribbean International said that its three-night journey from and back to Singapore on the 168,666 gt, Bahamas-flagged, Quantum of the Seas (IMO 9549463) has a base price of S$374 ($257).