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Singapore Poised To Begin “Cruises To Nowhere” And They Are Setting Sail Next Month

By Jack Saddler October 17, 2020

2020 in a nutshell.

Travelling has been a tricky one this year. Many simply miss the feeling of going somewhere new and the journey it takes. [Featured Image: Alonso Reyes, Unsplash].

Well, now you might have the chance to replicate that feeling on a cruise, no less. This takes over from the initial idea of flights to nowhere, which was later canceled.

The idea of cruises to nowhere is set to move forward in November. Cruise Ships have been prohibited from stopping in Singapore since March this year, but now a new programme has been certified. Singapore’s tourism board has approved boat trips with 50% capacity, open to Singapore residents only. They will embark on a round journey with no stops on the way, as a regular cruise would have.

Anderson Bridge, Singapore. Image: Siti Rahmanah Mat Daud, Unsplash

Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International will be allowed to partake in the scheme’s introduction. The former is due to set off on November 6, with RCI due to sail away in December. Singapore’s government will hold a keen eye over proceedings to consider next steps.

Singapore Tourism Board said: “The government will monitor the outcomes of the pilot sailings carefully in the coming months before deciding on the next steps for cruises.”

CruiseSafe precautions dictate that many safety measures must be carried out. Attendees are required to take a Covid-19 test before boarding, as well as being expected to wear masks and keep social-distance. Random inspections are to be carried out to ensure measures are upheld.

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