You’ve heard of Qantas’ famous ‘flight to nowhere’ that took off over the weekend and the China Airlines flight that didn’t take off at all, so now get ready for the next big thing: cruises with no destination.
Both Dream Cruises and Royal Caribbean received approval from the Singapore government to pilot cruises out of the country in November and December respectively to give travel starved residents a taste of the cruise experience without really going anywhere.
Genting Cruise Lines, Dream Cruises’ parent company, will be the first line to depart from Singapore since the pandemic started, with World Dream making its homeport debut from 6 November, offering two- and three-night ‘Super Seacations’, where it will reportedly sail in circles before returning to port.
The line will conduct mandatory COVID-19 tests on all guests aged 13 and over, as well as employing re-examined and enhanced health, hygiene and operating protocols in accordance with the local authorities’ guidelines.
Royal Caribbean will be launching similar three- and four-night Ocean Getaways exclusive to Singapore residents, starting from 1 December on board Quantum of the Seas.
“Singapore residents are adventurous travellers, and we are so excited to give them the opportunity to get away from their daily grind and enjoy a thrilling world-class Ocean Getaway, with total peace of mind,” said Angie Stephen, managing director for the Asia Pacific region at Royal Caribbean International.
“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 on board as our top priority.”