Having resumed sailing in December, Quantum’s 11-month Singapore season will mark the longest yet for one of Asia’s largest and most revolutionary cruise ships. Following a successful run and high marks from passengers, Royal Caribbean first extended the season for three months, through June, and is doing it again for an additional four months.
50,0000 passengers, zero COVID cases
'We have continued to see an overwhelming demand in Singapore to sail on board Quantum of the Seas. 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,' RCI President and CEO Michael Bayley said.
'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.'
Virus is well-controlled in Singapore
Quantum of the Seas carries only Singapore residents, and the virus has been well controlled there. As of March 31, the Ministry of Health confirmed one new case of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection and 33 imported cases.
Mask-wearing in public is required, contact tracing is well-developed and routine and public health measures are strictly enforced.
Royal Caribbean offers ocean getaways (cruises to nowhere) of two, three and four nights.
High guest satisfaction
'Our guests have continued to have a fabulous vacation experience with Royal Caribbean, as we continue sailing with our layered health and safety measures developed with the Healthy Sail Panel. In fact, we have seen guest satisfaction ratings jump since we started sailing this past December,' said Angie Stephen, VP managing director, Asia-Pacific, Royal Caribbean International.
Quantum will continue to operate with the same set of health and safety measures in place, including COVID-19 testing, reduced occupancy, physical distancing measures, enhanced cleaning and sanitizing and industry-leading contact tracing.
Singapore's total: 120,000 cruisers on two ships, zero cases
'When we started pilot cruises in Singapore, our aim was to regain the confidence of guests by endorsing cruise operators with rigorous hygiene measures,' said Annie Chang, director, cruise, Singapore Tourism Board. 'Singapore’s CruiseSafe standards have set a clear benchmark for our cruise partners, who have been diligent in ensuring the measures on board are adhered to. Thus far, we have completed more than 90 sailings with over 120,000 passengers and no reported cases of COVID-19 spreading on board.'
Dream Cruises' World Dream is the other cruise ship operating from Singapore.
As for Royal Caribbean Group as a whole, it has carried more than 100,000 passengers on 152 cruises in Asia and Europe since July.