Genting Dream will be the only cruise ship operating during the summer holidays in Hong Kong after Royal Caribbean International said Spectrum of the Seas would be delayed until Oct. 5.
The Genting Dream crew completed their second dose of the BioNTech vaccine as of July 14, following their first dose on June 23.
Vaccination is part of Hong Kong's requirements for cruise resumption.
'We are extremely excited to be the first cruise ship to return to Hong Kong, a historically important homeport for Dream Cruises and one of the most stunning skylines in the world,' Genting Dream Capt. Jukka Silvennoinen said. 'After being away for nearly a year and a half, we truly miss Hong Kong and we can’t wait to welcome our guests back on board.'
Short cruises to nowhere
Genting Dream is set to offer two- and three-night cruises to nowhere, sailing Fridays, Sundays and Wednesdays.
The ship arrived in Hong Kong June 9 and has been anchored off Lamma Island to comply with quarantine restrictions.
Meanwhile, the crew have been undergoing training in the company’s enhanced health safety protocols.
Genting Dream’s design enables 100% external fresh air to be filtered and supplied to the cabins and public areas, with no recirculation between cabins. The system provides 25 cubic meters of fresh air per person per hour, as well as six to 15 air changes an hour.
Shipboard PCR machine
A PCR machine has been added to provide medical laboratory level testing for COVID-19 on board. Negative pressure isolation wards are located inside the medical center, while quarantine cabins can be instantly activated in an emergency situation.
No-touch hand washing stations are provided at the all-inclusive restaurants, while temperature monitors throughout the ship will help to detect fever.