Cruises to nowhere will become reality in Asia. Singapore has announced that it will launch pleasure cruises that don’t actually visit any ports in November 2020. Genting Cruise Lines’ World Dream and Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas chosen are the first two ships to take part. The ships will operate at no more than 50% capacity and are for Singapore residents only. Hygiene protocols will be imposed. “This cruise pilot is a valuable opportunity for cruise operators to reinvent the entire cruise experience in order to regain the confidence of passengers,” Keith Tan, CEO of the Singapore Tourism Board, said in a statement.
Passengers will be required to show a negative Covid-19 test before boarding. Fresh air will constantly be cycled through the ship and travelers will have to wear masks while outside of their staterooms. All crew members will have to isolate in their home countries, go through a 14-day quarantine upon arriving in Singapore and undergo regular testing. Prices have not yet been announced. Going to nowhere seems to be a new trend in the world. Tickets for Qantas’s seven-hour destinationless flights sold out in just ten minutes.