Royal Caribbean has hit the sweet spot in Singapore on Quantum of the Seas, with robust demand and close cooperation from tourism officials leading the cruise line to extend its season to October, 2021.
The extension of the cruise season in Singapore on Quantum of the Seas is another example of the multitude of ways the COVID-19 pandemic has upended cruising norms. It will mark Royal Caribbean’s longest ever cruise season in Singapore.
Royal Caribbean’s decision to extend the season in Singapore on Quantum of the Seas comes at the same time that major US cruise lines begin homeporting in the Caribbean rather than North America to circumvent the ongoing CDC Conditional Sailing Order.
“We have continued to see an overwhelming demand in Singapore to sail onboard the Quantum of the Seas,” said Michael Bayley, President & CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “With more than 50,000 guests having cruised with us and zero positive COVID-19 cases to date, holidaymakers can rest assured we are focused on delivering safe, memorable cruise holidays.”
The announcement comes at the same time that the cruise industry lobbies for US tourism and transport officials to allow sailings to resume from US homeports, and Bayley appeared to make indirect reference to this in his statement.
“Royal Caribbean’s 30-plus sailings in Singapore offer a real-life, validated model of how cruising can be a unique, safe vacation beyond what many other travel options can offer,” he added.
“I’m confident we’ll continue to see how successful cruising can be through a combination of our proven, healthy and safe practices, which are informed by the Healthy Sail Panel’s 74 recommendations, and the rollout of vaccines around the world,” Bayley said.
The cruise line introduced Ocean Getaways from Singapore in December 2020 with the local government’s CruiseSafe Certification, which confirms the sailings meet the comprehensive health and safety requirements developed with the Singapore government.
Royal Caribbean then first extended the season for three months, through June, 2021, before extending it now for an additional four months thanks to the partnership with the Singapore government.
The sailings are two-, three- and four-night Ocean Getaways with activities, entertainment and dining onboard. The new, added dates will be available to Singapore residents and open to book on April 13th, 2021.
Quantum of the Seas will continue to operate with the same set of comprehensive health and safety measures in place, such as COVID-19 testing, reduced sailing capacity, physical distancing measures, enhanced cleaning and sanitizing processes, and industry-leading contact tracing.