Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas yesterday became the second ship to start cruises to nowhere from Singapore, with stepped-up safety protocols to keep Covid-19 at bay.
It follows Genting Cruise Line’s World Dream, which launched Singapore’s first cruises to nowhere on Nov 6 amid the pandemic.
These round-trip cruises without ports of call are taking place under a pilot programme announced in October.
Royal Caribbean will have up to two cruises a week, departing on Mondays and Thursdays, with tickets starting at $374 per person for a three-night cruise.
The first voyage, a four-night cruise carrying more than 1,300 people, left yesterday at 9pm. Its second, a three-night cruise leaving at 9pm on Monday, will carry more than 1,700 passengers.
The Quantum of the Seas can serve up to 2,000 guests at full capacity during the pandemic, half of its usual of over 4,000 passengers.
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