Singapore to start Cruises to Nowhere to boost tourism


Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International will run the pilot cruises, which have no ports of call and will operate at half capacity with stringent health protocols.


Singapore is launching ruises to nowhere from November as the travel hub tries to kick-start a tourism industry battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Singapore has announced that it will be launching cruises that actually don't visit any port.

Reportedly, Singapore's national tourism board has partnered with two cruise lines for pilot runs. It has partnered with Royal Caribbean International's Quantum of the Seas and Genting Cruise Lines' World Dream for this initiative.

The cruises, which the STB classed as "round trips", are open only to people who live in Singapore and will sail in waters just off the city-state.

Singapore Tourism Board (STB) issued a press release, stating that Genting Cruise Lines’ World Dream will start offering cruise services from November 6, whereas Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas will set sail from December.

The motivation behind this initiative is Flights to Nowhere, a concept welcomed by many. It is expected that cruise tickets would also sell out quickly once available.

The global cruise industry has taken a major hit from the coronavirus pandemic, with some of the earliest big outbreaks found on cruise ships.

The cruises will require guests to have mandatory COVID-19 tests prior to boarding and refrain from close contact with others on the ship.

To ensure that hygiene protocols are in places, the cruise ships will depart from and return to the same spot, with no port calls in between. Also, these ships will operate at no more than 50 per cent capacity.

Royal Caribbean International said its three-night sail from Singapore to nowhere has a base price of S$374 ($257).

Its vessel, Quantum of the Seas, boasts a glass observation capsule 300 feet (91 metres) above sea level, a trapeze school, cocktails served by robots and has previously offered skydiving, surfing, bumper cars, roller skating and gaming.

With inputs from Agency and media reports

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