SINGAPORE: On Singapore’s first sail to nowhere, on a two-night outing, excited passengers booked into the Marina Bay Cruise Center. On November 6.
Among them were Steve Cheng and his wife, who had two girls at the queue, aged four and six.
Mr. and Mrs. Chong, who earned allocated boarding time, informed the Straits Times that they were delighted that they were actually on their much-needed getaway.
“The first time since the start of the pandemic we are prepared to travel this time, my wife and children just want a quick holiday,” Mr Chong said.
At around 4 p.m., the 37-year-old employed in the area of logistics embarked with his wife, a private coach in her 30s, on the World Fantasy cruise ship.
The Chong family paid more than $1,400 for their travel. They are among the 1400 travelers who exit the Marina Bay Cruise Centre at about 9 p.m.
These cruises without calling ports are part of the pilot program that the Singapore Board of Tourism revealed in October. One of the Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Foreign cruise companies that have their home port in Singapore, this “good yacht.” This is a pilot.
The program is only open to Singaporean residents, with ships reduced in size to 50%. This implies, to Planet Imagination, that the cruise ship would be housed just 1,700 people. Passengers had been able to check in at about 2 pm and Covid-19 was reviewed prior to boarding.
Mr. Robert Gaxiola, 50, a creative director with an advertising agency, assured ST that it’s easy to sign in.
“I was very nervous but it was a simple, painless, comfortable process, a swab test, and 20 minutes later we done testing and ready to board,” he said.
Mr Gaxiola travels as a TV presenter and travel host with his wife Denise Keller. He said he was looking forward to the trip after spending a long period in Singapore before splitting the circuit. “We travel a lot, but remaining in Singapore so long was just a different thing.
“It is great, with beautiful landscapes, swings, a basketball court, and tons of entertainment options, directly after landing,” he said.
At every given point in the Covid-19 controls, a mere 26 individuals can obtain authorization into the swimming pool of the cruise ship.
Given the constraints of room in each venue, passengers can bring masks on board and pre-register to entertain the cruise.
For example, only 26 participants in the swimming pool are allowed at any moment. He said that on the vessels with crew men in masks and placed chairs and tables he considered a host of safety measures. I am relaxed and believe this boat is secure to fly on board, as everybody is tested for Covid-19. However, when I’m moving around the bus, I’m not going to take it for granted, and make sure that I keep my masks on, “he added.”
Mr. Gan Theng Tiong, 50, self-employed on a boat with 11 people, his partner, his lawyers and a party of mates. We are really glad to be on holiday and because we haven’t been able to communicate because of the number of people approved for social activities in Singapore. It’s nice for everybody to be in one location, but on a boat, we still require social space, “Mr.” Mr. He said Gan.
His next cruise travel to Singapore has been booked already. He will come back next Friday with hopes to book more stays on shore. The second best option is to sail since we can not fly, he said: “I’m looking forward to visiting the port, and we’ll be confident we’re heading to the deck for the sailing.”