Dream Cruises is rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations for more than 700 crew members and office workers in Taiwan.
All crew members of Explorer Dream and office staff in Taiwan will be eligible to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, making Dream Cruises the first cruise company to implement a comprehensive vaccination program in Asia.
The vaccination program coincides with the one year anniversary of Explorer Dream’s resumption of sailing in the country.
In July 2020, the ship became the first to resume sailing in Asia following global cruise pauses that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since then, Explorer Dream has taken Taiwanese guests on 80 island hopping voyages.
The line also introduced its Super Seacation concept in Taiwan, offering staycations at sea with international themes.
The vaccination program kicked off on 7 May, with crew members and shore staff rolling up their sleeves for their first dose at the Keelung Hospital of the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
It is expected that the first dose of the vaccine will be completed in three batches.
“Since the successful service resumption of Explorer Dream and World Dream in Taiwan and Singapore last year, both ships have enjoyed a stellar track record of zero COVID-19 cases,” Kent Zhu, president of Dream Cruises parent company Genting Cruise Lines, said.
“With the development and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, we are confident that the cruise tourism industry will receive the much-needed boost on its road to recovery in the post-pandemic era.
“We would like to express our gratitude to the Central Epidemic Command Center of Taiwan for the efficient implementation of vaccination programs, through which we are able to accommodate the vaccination of our crew on Explorer Dream and shore staff in our Taiwan office.
“With the heightened protection afforded to our frontline staff, we look forward to providing our guests with greater peace of mind as they enjoy their cruise holiday with Dream Cruises.”