Royal Caribbean will test its COVID-19 health and safety protocols when its Quantum of the Seas sails from Singapore at the beginning of December on a “cruise to nowhere”.
According to a report in the UK Daily Telegraph, all passengers booked on the Quantum of the Seas will have to provide a negative COVID-19 test from 48 to 72 hours before embarkation with the costs covered by Royal Caribbean, at present, for all sailing up to January 30, 2021.
Passengers will also have to undergo temperature screening at the terminal, and in accordance with the Royal Caribbean health and safety protocol will have to practice social distancing, wear face masks, and undergo daily temperature checks.
Quantum of the Seas will sail at 50% capacity in line with the standards set by Singaporean authorities.
Quantum of the Seas an ocean breeze in every room
The ship’s HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems have been upgraded to provide ocean air to all inside spaces.
“You can breathe easy knowing that, thanks to this robust system, the transmission of aerosol particles between spaces (like those from a cough) is extremely low to virtually impossible – as validated in an independent assessment conducted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center,” Royal Caribbean told the Telegraph.
According to the report “high traffic areas such as stairways, elevators, escalators and promenades will be cleaned every two hours with gangway rails being cleaned every 20 to 30 minutes during busy times” while cabins will be cleaned medical grade disinfectants and detergents when passengers are out of their rooms.
The “Ocean Getaways”, for Singapore residents only, will sail on 3- and 4-night cruises from December 1.
Parent company Royal Caribbean Group said it had been working closely with the local health and tourism authorities to follow all requirements and guidelines including the CruiseSafe Certification standards, which all cruise lines must obtain prior to sailing out of Singapore.
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Genting to commence Singapore cruise next week on World Dream
Meanwhile, Genting Cruises’ World Dream has arrived in Singapore as it prepares to commence cruises from the Lion City on November 6 .
The World Dream will be cruising “Seacations” around the straits of Malacca for either 2 or 3 nights.
According to local media the “cruises to nowhere” on both Genting’s World Dream, also exclusive to Singapore residents, and on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas have seen heavy demand. Cruises on World Dream sold 6,000 bookings in just five days, while Quantum of the Seas was said to be “almost sold out.”