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Royal Caribbean resumes sailing with Quantum from Singapore

Royal Caribbean is issuing each passenger and crew member a Tracelet to facilitate contact tracing if needed
Royal Caribbean International's first cruise since the pandemic shutdown cast off today from Singapore.

Quantum of the Seas is approved to carry, exclusively, Singaporeans, on three- and four-night getaways. This first voyage spans two nights and is at 30% occupancy, a company spokeswoman told Seatrade Cruise News.

This follows Dream Cruises' World Dream, which began short cruises to nowhere from Singapore on Nov. 6.

Token and Tracelet

Besides its own Healthy Sail Panel recommendations, Royal Caribbean worked closely with Singapore health and tourism authorities to follow all requirements and guidelines in the required CruiseSafe Certification standards, which include carrying a token for distancing and contact tracing.

The token is issued by the Singapore government. In addition, Royal Caribbean is issuing travelers and crew a Tracelet to wear on board to assist with contact tracing.

Pre-cruise COVID testing and screening, upgraded HVAC systems that enhance filtration, stringent cleaning practices and reduced capacity are among other measures.

Pre- and post-cruise testing

According to protocols outlined in The Royal Promise, travelers of all ages must undergo a SARS-CoV-2 test within 48 to 72 hours prior to boarding. Passengers will also be tested at the terminal at the conclusion of their cruise. If the result is positive, they will be contacted and issued a notification that requires them to proceed to a specified clinic for further testing.

The cost of the tests is included in the cruise fare for sailings departing by March 18.

50% capacity

Royal Caribbean said Quantum will sail at no more than 50% of its usual capacity. According to a post by Singapore Cruise Society, which is represented on board, the ship is carrying 1,093 passengers. 

'Singapore residents are adventurous travelers, and we are so excited to give them the opportunity to get away from their daily grind and enjoy a thrilling world-class ocean getaway, with total peace of mind,' said Angie Stephen, managing director, Asia Pacific, Royal Caribbean International. 'While the cruise experience will be different than it was pre-pandemic, we are committed to providing the signature Royal Caribbean holiday that guests know and love, while keeping the health and safety of everyone on board as our top priority.'

In the event of a COVID case ... 

For greater peace of mind, included with the cruise are COVID-19 protections which include a 100% credit toward a future cruise should a passenger or any member of their travel party test positive for COVID-19 during the three weeks prior to their booked cruise, or a full refund if a passenger or any member of their travel party tests positive during their voyage.

Royal Caribbean will cover COVID-19 related costs up to SGD$25,000 per person in the travel party for on-board medical costs, any required quarantine and travel home.