If you were looking forward to taking up Singapore Airlines’ offer to go nowhere, chin up! Cruises to nowhere have officially been approved by the Singapore Tourism Board. Two cruise lines will set sail in early November and bob leisurely up and down on Singapore’s waters. They are Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean.
Strict measures to maintain the safety of all passengers will be adopted by both cruise lines. The measures are part of Singapore Tourism Board’s new CruiseSafe certification process. Some of the measures include the installation of high-grade filters throughout the ship, which will scrub the air continuously. The ships will also be kept at 50% capacity to facilitate social distancing. Additionally, all passengers will be required to take a COVID-19 swab test 48 – 72 hours before boarding the ship.
In the event a case is confirmed while the ship is sailing, Royal Caribbean will utilize Bluetooth contact tracing to isolate the close contacts of the infected passenger.
Tickets for the cruises for a four day, three night stay average out at around $360.
Both cruise lines are utilizing state-of-the-art, high-tech entertainment to delight its passengers.
Passengers on board Genting Cruise Line’s ship, the World Dream, can look forward to taking part in Virtual Reality (VR) enhanced games and rides. Think exploring the werewolf-infested streets of London or exploring Ancient Egypt as depicted in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Aspiring rally car drivers can strap themselves into a full-size, Formula 1 chassis and try out the world’s most advanced racing simulator!
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Passengers who board Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Of The Seas will have access to a sky-diving simulator as well as a 12 metre long surf simulator. Then there’s the North Star, a capsule that provides a 360-degree view of the outside world as it raises you up to 100m above the sea level. There’s even the Dodgem Cars, basically Royal Caribbean branded bumper cars the whole family will love.
That is a far cry from the cruise ship I was on with my family as a child. The adults had casinos – all I had were tuna sandwiches! What about you? Would you be open to booking a cruise to nowhere?