Royal Caribbean’s cruise to nowhere sees bookings go up by 500%, first sailing almost sold out

Following the announcement of cruises to nowhere in Singapore, two cruise lines — Royal Caribbean and Dream Cruises — unveiled its slate of packages (to nowhere).

And it seems cruises to nowhere are quite a hit among Singapore residents.

First sailing almost sold out

In response to Mothership queries, managing director for Royal Caribbean Group Asia Pacific Angie Stephen shared that customer demand has “exceeded expectations”.



a large ship in a body of water: Photo from Royal Caribbean Cruise.


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Photo from Royal Caribbean Cruise.

As cruises can only cater up to 50 per cent occupancy for now, Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas can accommodate up to approximately 2,000 guests at one time.

Bookings have gone up 500 per cent compared to the past two weeks and as of the time of writing, the first sailing on Dec. 1 is almost sold out.

The cruise line has seen a demand for its December sailings and it isn’t surprising since

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German Cases Jump; Israel Sees Record Infections: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — Global coronavirus cases approached 34 million, with Germany reporting the highest number of infections since April. Israel saw a record 8,919 new cases after a dip over the holiday weekend.

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Spain ordered additional restrictions on movement and gatherings in Madrid, while the U.K. extended a ban on household mixing to Liverpool and several cities in the northeast of England.

U.S. carriers American Airlines Group Inc. and United Airlines Holdings Inc. will start laying off a combined 32,000 workers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended a ban on cruises in the U.S.

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

LIMA, Peru — Health workers for Peru’s social security system began a 48-hour walkout on Tuesday to demand higher pay and better working conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 9,000 doctors, dentists and pharmacists were taking part, prompting hospitals to suspend consultations and many surgeries, though emergency and intensive care facilities aren’t affected.

Teodoro Quiñones, secretary of the social security doctors union, said the government hasn’t kept its promises to raise salaries or pay bonuses during the pandemic.

Doctors in the public sector earn an average of $985 a month, though most supplement that with other jobs at private hospitals or offices.

The Peruvian Ombudsman’s Office said more than 4,000 health workers lack health, life and occupational risk insurance and don’t have the right to sick leave if they’re diagnosed with the virus.

A total of 166 doctors have reportedly died from COVID-19

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The Latest: South Korea sees downward trend in new cases

SEOUL, South Korea __ South Korea’s new coronavirus tally has come below 50 for the first time in about 50 days amid a downward trend in new infections.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Tuesday the 38 cases added in the last 24 hours took the country’s total to 23,699 with 407 deaths.

South Korea had seen a viral resurgence, mostly in the densely populated Seoul area since early last month. But its caseload has recently begun slowing after authorities enforced stringent social distancing rules. The anti-disease agency says 17 of the new cases were reported in the Seoul area.

Many experts have warned the virus could spread again after this week’s traditional Chuseok autumn holidays.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK

— India’s confirmed coronavirus tally reaches 6 million cases

— Zimbabwe begins gradual reopening of schools amid virus

— For Israel’s

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Venice’s Focus on China sees Italy, China, the USA and India come together

– Organised by ANICA, the event offered five panel discussions over three days, with contributions from over 40 speakers, enhanced by the presence of new partner India

Venice’s Focus on China sees Italy, China, the USA and India come together

Unspooling on the city’s Lido between 5 – 7 September, Venice’s Focus on China was organised as part of the Venice Production Bridge event – on the occasion of the latter’s fifth edition – and was enhanced by a new partner, India. The three-day gathering was co-ordinated by ANICA in collaboration with the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and for Tourism, the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Biennale di Venezia.

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With five panel discussions unfolding over the course of three days between 5-7 September, and contributions from upwards of 40 speakers hailing from Italy, China, the US and India, the option of online access proved crucial to the

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Indonesia sees biggest COVID spike in months

Authorities on the popular Indonesian island of Bali have been forced to crack down on

stricter screening measures after reopening to domestic tourism in late July.

The holiday island – along with other parts of Indonesia – has seen a significant spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases since attempting to resurrect some form of tourism traffic on the island.

In the past few weeks alone, Bali has seen more than 1600 cases bringing the total number of confirmed cases to just over 7,500 as of Friday. The number of deaths has doubled in weeks with Bali recording 100 fatalities on September 4, and 199 on September 18.

According to the Jakarta Post, co-ordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said authorities will implement the new measures over two weeks, meaning anyone entering the island will be required to undergo strict testing.

Bali’s Governor Wayan Koster announced last week that limitations

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Norwegian CEO sees lower 2021 bookings, hopes for an ‘OK’ year, as cruises try to resume despite coronavirus

Cruise bookings for 2021 are down, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Lines Frank Del Rio told CNBC on Tuesday, acknowledging the sustained impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on global travel and the industry. 

Cruise executives have previously painted a rosier picture of future bookings, touting pent-up demand as the pandemic has left ships stationed in ports and brought the industry to a trickle for most of 2020. Del Rio said future bookings are “truly remarkable,” considering what’s happened to the industry this year, but he added that the company doesn’t expect 2021 bookings to be in line with past years. 

“We’re behind last year. There’s no question, but not as far behind as you would think given what’s been going on,” he told CNBC’s Seema Mody on “Power Lunch.” “Pricing has held up well. No one is discounting the product, rightfully so. And so we’re hopeful that 2021 can be

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