Cruises to nowhere: More than 6,000 bookings in five days, Singapore News & Top Stories

Phones have been ringing off the hook at the offices of Genting Cruise Lines, with the company receiving more than 6,000 bookings for its “cruises to nowhere” in just five days.

Each of these bookings is likely for at least two people. A total of 23 Genting Cruise Lines sailings, each with a maximum capacity of 1,700 passengers, are scheduled for next month and December.

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) announced last Thursday that round-trip cruises without ports of call will take place under a pilot programme.

Under it, only two cruise lines – Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International – can take to the seas.

Without disclosing specific numbers, Royal Caribbean International also said that the demand has “exceeded expectations”.

A spokesman said bookings are up 500 per cent compared with the past two weeks. Its first sailing on Dec 1, which is capped at about 1,000 guests,

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America’s first female captain of a mega cruise ship has been at sea for 310 days. She wouldn’t want it any other way.



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a person sitting at a table in front of a window: Kate McCue was the first female captain of a mega cruise ship. Celebrity Cruises


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Kate McCue was the first female captain of a mega cruise ship. Celebrity Cruises

  • Kate McCue, captain of the 2,918-passenger Celebrity Edge, is the first American female captain of a mega cruise ship.
  • She’s among only 2% of the world’s female mariners and hopes to inspire other women to follow in her footsteps.
  • She says Celebrity Cruises went from having a 3% female bridge team when she started in 2015 to over 27% today.
  • McCue is on Insider’s list of Luminaries: 25 women pushing boundaries and accomplishing extraordinary feats. Check out the full list here.
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

“Everything’s better on the ship. You know, this real world sucks,” Captain Kate McCue told Insider back in December 2019.

“I would prefer five months on to two weeks off. That would be fine,” she said about her work schedule, which

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Cruises to nowhere: Genting Cruises gets more than 6,000 bookings in 5 days, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Phones have been ringing off the hooks at the offices of Genting Cruise Lines, with the company receiving more than 6,000 bookings for its “cruises to nowhere” in just five days.

Each of these bookings is likely for at least two people. A total of 23 Genting Cruise Lines sailings, each with a maximum capacity of 1,700 passengers, are scheduled for November and December.

The Singapore Tourism Board announced last Thursday (Oct 8) that round-trip cruises without ports of call will take place under a pilot programme.

Under it, only two cruise lines – Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International – can take to the seas.

Without disclosing specific numbers, Royal Caribbean International also said that the demand has “exceeded expectations”.

According to a spokesman, bookings are up 500 per cent compared to the past two weeks. Its first sailing on Dec 1, which is capped at

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Coronavirus cases in world rising by 1 million every three days

Oct. 11 (UPI) — Nations are reporting record daily coronavirus cases, mainly in Europe after largely controlling the pandemic, with the world adding around 1 million new infections every three days.

On Saturday, a total of 355,909 new cases were reported worldwide, slightly less than the record 358,354 the day before and the fourth day in a row with more than 300,000. One-third of those new cases were in Europe.

On Sunday, Europe added 88,488 cases with 242,197 globally so far Sunday.

In all, the cases total 37,454,230, according to Worldometers.info.

Total cases passed 36 million on Tuesday and 37 million on Friday.

The death toll is 1,077,290, including an additional 5,074 fatalities Saturday. Within the past month, daily deaths have risen from a low of 3,535 on Monday, Sept. 28 while remaining short of a high of 6,447 on Sept. 2.

For several months, the United States has had

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Universal Orlando Resort offering 3 days free with purchase of 2-day passes, additional deals for Floridians

Universal Orlando hopes to lure back visitors with a brand new promotion.

The resort, which became one of Florida’s first major theme parks to reopen when it welcomed back guests in early June, is now offering three free days with the purchase of “2-Park 2-Day” passes, or five days for the price of just two.

There are two versions of the deal currently available: One that grants guests admission to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure on the same days, for each of the five days (tickets cost $303.95 per adult, $293.99 per child), and one that allows admission to only one of those parks per day, for each of the five days ($243.99 per adult, $233.99 per child).

The deal is available through Jan. 6, 2021, and tickets must be used by Aug. 31, 2021. Between that time, guests who purchase the promo tickets will be

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NZ travel bubble ‘within days’

Scott Morrison is set to announce deals with NSW and South Australia to kickstart the trans-Tasman travel bubble within days, which would see the hotel quarantine requirement scrapped for New Zealand arrivals.

Government sources told The Australian that the announcement is expected before Tuesday’s federal budget, with the PM and his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern discussing plans earlier this week.

The Federal Government will first need to reach agreements with each state about how the travel bubble will work, with Sydney and Adelaide set to be the first cabs off the rank in welcoming arrivals.

“I hope very soon to see New Zealanders coming and holidaying in Australia,” Mr Morrison told the National Press Club this afternoon.

“I can’t tell you Australians will be able to holiday in New Zealand, but that’s their problem. I’m happy for Kiwi tourists to come here and spend money in NSW and South

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