The move is another attempt to support travel demand amid an infected coronavirus pandemic 36 million people worldwide and crippled the global tourism industry.
To participate, cruise lines must obtain mandatory safety certification and will be subject to an audit before being allowed to start sailing. Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International are in the process of obtaining this certification, according to the Singapore Tourism Board.
“Since the announcement, the calls have not stopped. Online inquiries as well. So that’s very encouraging, ”said Michael Goh, president of Dream Cruises at Genting Cruise Lines on CNBC’s“ Street Signs Asia ”on Friday.
Dream Cruises’ World Dream ship will be the first to sail from November 6, followed by Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas from December.
Goh has claimed that once the cruise is ready to sail it will be one of the more difficult travel options available due to the many safety measures that will be implemented. These include mandatory Covid-19 testing for passengers and crew, frequent and thorough cleaning, and 100% fresh air ventilation – all of which are required to achieve CruiseSafe certification.
“It will be the safest vacation option,” he said. Unlike staycations at hotels, Goh said that “the cruise ship itself is a destination, it has a built-in facility” that includes several water slides, ziplines, climbing walls as well as dining and dining areas. musical performances.
At the start of the pandemic, cruises were hot spots for the spread of the coronavirus. For example, more than 700 people have been infected aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship which has been quarantined off the coast of Japan.
With reduced capacity, the first trips are unlikely to be profitable. Goh told CNBC that the priority is to regain consumer confidence and that the occupancy rate will gradually increase. He said Dream Cruises’ Explorer Dream vessel in Taiwan, which has already resumed operations, has seen its occupancy rate drop from 50 percent to almost 90 percent at the moment.
With a mix of different room types aboard the World Dream in Singapore, a gradual increase in occupancy, and the tendency of Singapore passengers to spend on meals and drinks on board, Goh said he was confident that the ship would be operational in the near future.
A similar experiment was reportedly explored by Singapore Airlines, which allegedly involved a flight route that would take off and land at Changi Airport in Singapore. Local media reported that the pandemic-battered airline had now abandoned its so-called flight to nowhere and would instead launch a restaurant aboard one of its parked Airbus A-380 jets.