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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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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Royal Caribbean returning to Asia in Singapore with cruises to nowhere

Adam Coulter, Cruise Critic
Published 4:03 p.m. ET Oct. 8, 2020

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Cruise Lines International Association, which represents 95% of the cruise industry, introduced mandatory requirements to be able to set sail again.

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Royal Caribbean has confirmed it will restart cruising from Singapore on Dec. 1.

The line will base the 4,180-passenger Quantum of the Seas out of Singapore offering three- and four-night “Ocean Getaways” – or cruises to nowhere – for Singapore residents only and operating at half capacity, reports Cruise Critic.

It will be the first Royal Caribbean Group line, which also include Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea, to resume cruising since global cruising was paused in March amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The news comes at the same time as Taiwan-based line Dream Cruises – which restarted cruising in Taiwan in July – also announced it would restart cruising in the city state, offering similar short-break

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Royal Caribbean offering cruises from Singapore that go nowhere

  • The Singapore Tourist Board gave permission to Royal Caribbean and Genting to start offering cruises that depart and arrive in its port that don’t dock anywhere else, according to MarketWatch. 
  • Royal Caribbean will offer three- and four-night trips out of Singapore starting on December 1. 
  • The move is seen as a solution to prevent spreading the virus to other ports while also giving passengers a chance to enjoy cruises again.
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If seeing faraway places is your only reason for taking a cruise, then this newest exercise from Royal Caribbean International and Genting Cruise Lines probably won’t interest you. But if you love going on cruises because you just love being on a big boat, then this one’s for you.

The two cruise lines just got permission from authorities in Singapore to start sailing out of its port, MarketWatch reports. After a few days,

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Singapore launches Covid-secure luxury cruises … to nowhere

Singapore is launching Covid-secure cruise holidays to nowhere, in the latest attempt to offer a long-distance travel experience with no stops.



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Australian airline Qantas drew criticism from environmental groups last month after advertising a seven-hour round trip from Sydney including fly-pasts of famous sights including Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef.

Now the Singapore government has given approval for cruises to nowhere in a bid to help a tourism sector battered by the coronavirus pandemic. Residents of the city-state will from November be allowed to board the cruises, during which they will be confined to the ships for the entire time.

The Singapore Tourism Board on Thursday announced that Genting Cruise Lines’ World Dream would be the first ship to welcome passengers aboard on 6 November. Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas will begin sailing in December.

The ships launching from

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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.

Read: Check in, but don’t fly? Airlines launch ‘flights to nowhere’

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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Singapore allows ‘cruises to nowhere’ for residents on Royal Caribbean, Genting

Travel-starved residents of Singapore will finally be able to set sail in November, even if their trip is only in one big circle.

The Singapore Tourism Board announced Thursday that two cruise lines will be allowed to offer Singapore residents “cruises to nowhere” under a pilot program with enhanced safety protocols and mandatory coronavirus testing for passengers and crew.

“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 Tourism Board Chief Executive Keith Tan said in a statement. “As ASEAN’s lead coordinator for cruise development, Singapore remains committed to supporting and growing cruise tourism in the region.”

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As part of the pilot

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Singapore to resume cruises to nowhere for residents from November

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN): Two cruise lines have been given the green light to offer “cruises to nowhere” from Singapore starting in November, following the development of a set of safety guidelines to prevent the on-board spread of the coronavirus.

These will be round trip cruises with no ports of call.

Genting Cruise Lines’ World Dream will begin sailing on Nov 6, while Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas ship will begin sailing in December.

All passengers will have to be tested for Covid-19 prior to boarding as part of the STB’s CruiseSafe programme, jointly developed by global classification body DNV GL.

They will also have to comply with safe management measures, such as mask-wearing and safe distancing of 1m between groups of passengers.

The Straits Times reported last Wednesday (Sept 30) that the STB had appointed DNV GL to create a certification programme for cruise lines that are keen

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Singapore opens short-term leisure travel to two more countries | News

Singapore will lift border restrictions for visitors from Vietnam and Australia, excluding the state of Victoria, starting 8 October.

“Both countries have comprehensive public health surveillance systems and displayed successful control over the spread of the Covid-19 virus,” the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said on 30 September.

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“Over the last 28 days, Vietnam has zero local Covid-19 cases, while Australia (excluding Victoria state) has a… local incidence rate of 0.02 per 100,000. The risk of importation from these countries is low.”

From 1 October, eligible travellers may apply for an Air Travel Pass (ATP). Applicants must have remained in these regions in the last consecutive 14 days prior to entering Singapore.

Travellers will undergo a Covid-19 test upon arrival at Changi International airport and a negative test result will allow them to enter the city-state and go about their activities.

CAAS guidance states that the ATP is valid

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Cruises ‘to nowhere’ may operate in Singapore soon

If boarding a flight to nowhere to live out the good old days of travel doesn’t entice you, how about a round-trip cruise sailing to nowhere?

Singapore, which has not allowed port calls for any cruise ships since March 13, is exploring health protocol that would allow cruise companies in the area to operate voyages “to nowhere,” according to Singapore newspaper The Straits Times. Singapore’s tourism body has reportedly hired a risk management company to create a safety framework for the Singapore-only sailings, which could bolster cruise lines struggling to stay afloat amid the coronavirus’s impact on travel.

The newspaper reports that documents pertaining to the safety protocols envision “cruises to nowhere” sailing at 50 percent capacity. Cruise lines will need to be certified for compliance with the safety plan before returning to sea, the Straits Times says.

Singapore Tourism Board Regional Director of the Americas, Rachel Loh, told The

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