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Royal Caribbean, Dream Cruises to 25% capacity on Singapore COVID alert

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Quantum of the Seas, left, COVID-free since starting from Singapore last December and World Dream, right, just one case since last November
Royal Caribbean International's Quantum of the Seas and Dream Cruises' World Dream are going to 25% occupancy in Singapore with no in-restaurant dining.

These are among changes with the return of Phase 2 (heightened alert) COVID-19 restrictions. The government instituted new measures throughout Singapore Tuesday and said these will remain in effect until at least Aug. 18.

Two people per cabin limit

The shipboard changes include a limit of two people per cabin, no bar or dine-in restaurant service (take-away and room service options will be available on both ships) and social distancing and masks at activities.

Royal Caribbean said capacity for live entertainment shows will be capped at 50 passengers, and live singing will not be available. Permitted on-board activities, like those in Seaplex, Activity Zone and Pool Zone, will operate at reduced capacity and with enhanced social distancing measures. While in public spaces, groups are limited to two people.

Additionally, Royal Caribbean said travelers of all ages will get complimentary antigen testing at check-in as an added layer of protection to the negative PCR test result required between 48 and 72 hours before the cruise.

Virtually COVID-free cruises for months

Royal Caribbean noted it has carried more than 80,000 passengers since December 2020 without a single COVID case reported on board. Dream Cruises had a similar record until last week, when one case was identified, the first on World Dream since its restart last November.

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