Singapore announced cruises will begin sailing next month– however in order to keep team and travelers safe amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the ships will make no stops and merely go back to the port they originated from.
The island nation is attempting to creatively fire up its travel and tourism market, as these businesses around the world battle due to the pandemic.
Early on in the pandemic, multiple cruise liner around the world saw big and significant coronavirus break outs.
“Public health and safety are our utmost concern as we resume different sectors of the economy in a safe and progressive manner,” said STBs Chief Executive Keith Tan.
The tourism board will need cruise operators to abide by stringent guidelines and guidelines, such as requiring coronavirus testing for travelers and crew prior to boarding, masking and social distancing.
“This cruise pilot is an important chance for cruise operators to reinvent the entire cruise experience in order to gain back the self-confidence of travelers,” stated Tan.
Singapore has had 57,849 confirmed coronavirus cases and 27 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard. In recent days, health authorities have reported small numbers of brand-new confirmed cases, such as nine on Thursday.
The Port of Singapore is the biggest and busiest in Southeast Asia and the 2nd biggest in the world, after Shanghai.
The Singapore Tourism Board revealed the strategy on Thursday to begin up the cruises with no ports of call, which will just be open to Singapore locals. The ships will likewise run at “decreased capacity of up to 50 percent,” according to a declaration from the STB.
Royal Caribbean International will join Genting in December, using similar cruises.
A cruise liner is shown here approaching a port in Singapore in March. Singapore prepares to launch cruises without any destinations next month.
Genting Cruise Lines, one of the companies participating in the pilot, is marketing these cruises as a “Super Seacation.” Itll begin sailing the no-destination journeys in November.
A cruise ship is shown here approaching a port in Singapore in March. Singapore plans to release cruises with no locations next month.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cruise ships present a particularly high risk of COVID-19 transmission due to the high population density onboard. Last month, it cautioned, “CDCs monitoring data reveal that significantly reducing population onboard does not end transmission.” The U.S. government has encourage U.S. travelers to delay cruise travel.