Planning Capacity for Singapore’s Cruises to Nowhere

Planning Capacity for Singapore’s Cruises to Nowhere

February 11, 2021

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.


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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

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Pandemic Speeds the Transition to Virtual Queuing

Pandemic Speeds the Transition to Virtual Queuing

January 10, 2021

Will queues become a thing of the past?

Realistically, some queues will still exist post-pandemic, but many that go virtual now for health and safety reasons may stay virtual for efficiency’s sake later on.

Technology is becoming an invaluable tool in keeping customers safe, whether they are waiting to enter a favorite pub, spending time in airports, or seeking urgent care.  Magnetic queuing grids, timed-entry passes, and virtual lines are making waiting safer, more efficient, and more pleasant, and it appears that they are here to stay.


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This post is based on The Atlantic article, The pandemic could end waiting in line, by Elissaveta M. Brandon, October 28, 2020; the Cinema Blend article, How Waiting In Line Works At Disney World During The Pandemic, by Mack Rawden, November 11, 2020; and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Peeradontax/Shutterstock

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1. What applications of virtual queues are being used to better manage Continue reading

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California’s Maxed ICU Capacity and Lockdowns

California’s Maxed ICU Capacity and Lockdowns

January 8, 2021

California led the nation in early lockdown measures for COVID during the holiday season at the end of 2020.  This followed the pattern set in spring 2020, when California locked down early and swiftly, stemming a tide of rising COVID cases and flattening the curve successfully.

This time, the state pointed to dire forecasts for December to justify another rapid shutdown, with the trigger being ICU capacity.

The state is divided into five regions. If available ICU capacity drops below 15% in a given area, that region goes on lockdown for at least three weeks.

Two days after the announcement was made, two regions were already in that category, with a third voluntarily adopting the lockdown pre-emptively to stem the tide sooner rather than later.  By the middle of December, Central California had reached zero percent ICU capacity.

The California Government’s About COVID-19 restrictions site provides updates on lockdown status based on ICU capacity.


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