Royal Caribbean International is to start cruising out of Singapore in December, after the company received government approval.
It will embark on three and four-night Ocean Getaway cruises on board Quantum of the Seas, exclusively for Singaporean residents.
“Singapore residents are adventurous travellers and we are so excited to be giving them the opportunity to get away from their daily grind and enjoy a thrilling world-class Ocean Getaway, with total peace of mind. While the cruise experience will be different than it was pre-pandemic, we are committed to providing the signature Royal Caribbean holiday that guests know and love, while keeping the health and safety of everyone onboard as our top priority” said Angie Stephen, managing director, Asia Pacific, Royal Caribbean International.
“I extend my deepest gratitude to the Singapore Government for their collaboration and support and confidence in Royal Caribbean to deliver a safe cruising experience. We share their strong commitment and focus to reignite the local economy and bring back jobs and services supporting the travel industry.”
“As ASEAN’s lead coordinator for cruise development, Singapore remains committed to supporting and growing cruise tourism in the region. Royal Caribbean International is a key partner in growing cruising in Singapore and the region, and I am confident in their ability to maintain the highest standards of hygiene and safety,” said Keith Tan, chief executive, Singapore Tourism Board. “We will continue to work with cruise lines and our industry stakeholders to chart a new course for safe cruising.”
Royal has collaborated with other cruise lines to form the Healthy Sail Panel, a taskforce of medical and public health experts, to develop protocols to help get the industry back sailing again.
The company will be adding new health and safety measures, including testing and screening and upgraded Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems that enhance filtration. Details of the health and safety protocols can be found at http://www.royalpromise.com/singapore.
The company has added extra Covid-19 protections which include a 100 per cent credit towards a future cruise should a guest or any member of their travel party test positive for Covid-19 during the three weeks prior to their booked cruise; or a full refund if a guest, or any member of their travel party, tests positive during their voyage.
Royal Caribbean will cover Covid-19 related costs up to $25,000 SGD per person in the travel party for onboard medical costs, any required quarantine and travel home.