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Royal Caribbean launches series of 2020 cruises for Singapore residents

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Royal Caribbean has launched a series of 2020 cruises from Singapore, which are on sale now.

The cruise line has opened the cruises, offering both three- and four-night sailings, to Singapore residents only – with pilot cruises taking place from 1 December 2020.

The cruise giant has received approval from the Singapore Government to trial some short-break cruises, working closely with the local health and tourism authorities to follow all requirements and guidelines including the CruiseSafe Certification standards – a must for cruise lines in Singapore.

A result of months of planning to ensure the health and safety of passengers and crew, the sailings will take take place on the line’s 4,180-passenger ship, Quantum of the Seas.

Allowing residents to get away from their homes and enjoy an escape, Royal Caribbean will offer three- and four-night Ocean Getaways on board the ship.

The ship will not dock in any port, instead sailing the warm waters of the Singapore Strait and South China Sea.

While on board, guests will be able to enjoy the amenities of Quantum of the Seas, such as theatre productions, swimming pools and 18 dining options.

Bookings are now open for Singpore residents only, and are due to commence on 1 December 2020.

In response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, Royal Caribbean will implement a comprehensive set of new protocols and guidelines – shaped by findings from its Healthy Sail Panel and talks with local authorities.

These protocols include testing and screening; upgraded heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that enhance filtration; stringent cleaning practices; reduced capacities for greater physical distancing; expert medical care and onboard facilities.

Royal Caribbean International’s managing director for Asia Pacific Angie Stephen said:

“Singapore residents are adventurous travellers and we are so excited to be giving them the opportunity to get away from their daily grind and enjoy a thrilling world-class Ocean Getaway, with total peace of mind.

“While the cruise experience will be different than it was pre-pandemic, we are committed to providing the signature Royal Caribbean holiday that guests know and love, while keeping the health and safety of everyone onboard as our top priority”.

Other facilities on board for guests to enjoy include the Two70 venue with its floor-to-ceiling windows and 270-degree views of the ocean (transforming into a theatre at night) and North Star glass observation capsule rising 300 feet above sea level.

Guests can also be served by robots in the Bionic Bar and enjoy the Sea Plex, the largest indoor activity space at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and a trapeze school.

Chief executive of the Singapore Tourism Board Keith Tan, added: “As ASEAN’s lead coordinator for cruise development, Singapore remains committed to supporting and growing cruise tourism in the region.

“Royal Caribbean International is a key partner in growing cruising in Singapore and the region, and I am confident in their ability to maintain the highest standards of hygiene and safety.

“We will continue to work with cruise lines and our industry stakeholders to chart a new course for safe cruising.”

Passengers booking before 30 November 2020 will be covered by Royal Caribbean’s Cruise with Confidence plan – allowing for changes up to 48 hours before the cruise begins. The cruise line is also offering extra Covid-19 support, such as future cruise credit and medical insurance.

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