Royal Caribbean tests the waters with “Cruises to Nowhere” from Singapore’s Marina Bay Harbor, hoping to give pandemic-weary, travel-starved customers an escape onboard.
Trips range in duration from two to four nights, making no stops in any ports of call. The cost of a three-night ticket begins at $374 per person.
Capacity is strictly limited, many safety and cleaning protocols are in place, and COVID testing is required before passengers set foot onboard.
Demand was higher than expected when the ship departed in December 2020. A false positive COVID test result derailed one cruise, but after this false start, the Quantum of the Seas has continued plying the waters.
- Singapore’s first cruise to nowhere amid Covid-19 (Nov 12, 2020, The Straits Times)
- Singapore’s first ‘cruise to nowhere’ sets sail (Nov 6, 2020, CNA)
This post is based on the Straits Times article, Cruises to nowhere: Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas is 2nd ship to sail from S’pore, by Cheryl Teh, December 4, 2020; the CNN article, Passenger aboard cruise cut short by Covid scare doesn’t have virus, officials say, by Lilit Marcus, December 10, 2020; the Cruise Industry News article, Royal Caribbean Continue reading