Royal Caribbean trials ‘cruises to nowhere’ with ships sailing in circles from Singapore


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Royal Caribbean International and Genting Cruise Lines, two of the world’s largest cruise lines, will start sailing again out of Singapore, but instead of whisking passengers to faraway lands, guests will pay thousands of dollars to go around in circles.

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Ships have now been given the green lights to sail from the city-state’s port, after permission was granted by authorities in Singapore.

Cruise holidays already restarted in some countries from August, but the development in Singapore will be seen as a big boost because its port is a major travel hub in Asia.

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The development will be welcome news for Royal Caribbean (RCL) and Genting (SG:G13) who have been hit hard, along with other holiday operators, by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on tourism.

Cruise ships had been a particular focal

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