Singapore Cruise ships to nowhere will start sailing from next month as the country aims to boost its tourism industry while giving residents some outlet amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
Genting Cruise Lines’ World Dream and Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas will begin round-trip journeys from November and December respectively, the Singapore Tourism Board stated on Thursday.
CruiseSafe certification program have been enacted to provide stringent protocols for cruise operators and passengers to permit the pilot voyages. The ships will sail at a reduced capacity of 50%.
“This cruise pilot is a valuable opportunity for cruise operators to reinvent the entire cruise experience in order to regain the confidence of passengers. Singapore remains committed to supporting and growing cruise tourism in the region”, said Keith Tan, Singapore Tourism Board.
The tourism board added that Singapore is one of the first countries in the world to implement a mandatory audit and certification program for cruise lines. The CruiseSafe certification mandates assessment by a third-party certification firm.
Genting’s World Dream will start from November 6, while Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas will set sail in December, 2020.