Due to the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Genting Cruise Lines (GKL) introduced enhanced preventive measures including the requirement for passengers aged 70+ years to provide doctor’s certificates of fitness for travel on both GHK-oned companies - Dream Cruises and Star Cruises.
In a statement on April 7, Genting Cruise Lines (division of GHK-Genting Hong Kong Ltd) said as the safety and health of cruisers and crew remain top priority, a variety of "precautionary measures with stringent health screening processes in accordance with regional government policies" had been implemented fleetwide. As a result, to date, there had been no reported cases of COVID-19 among passengers (current and former) or crew.
"In order to further provide peace of mind and better understanding of the implemented precautionary measures for future cruising guests, Genting Cruise Lines has outlined detailed preventive steps for the recommencement of its Dream Cruises and Star Cruises ships in the near future, which is set to become the new norm for preventive standards for the fleet. These include stringent health screening processes and protocols prior to embarkation and disembarkation, as well as thorough sanitisation and disinfection and enhanced hygiene practices for guest cabins, various on-board public areas and recreational activities, food and beverage safety and also the health of its crew members,”
Genting Cruise Lines reiterated that its passengers and crew’s health and safety was of utmost importance. With the new standards and practices in place, it is optimistic that "the cruise industry will rebound from the temporary setback and regain the confidence of all cruise passengers when operations resume."
According to GCL's President, Kent Zhu, due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak globally, many passengers, as well as crew members, had developed higher awareness and expectations with regards to the safety and preventive measures of cruise ships.
For Coronavirus updates on cruise ship quarantines (infected passengers and crew) and top-pandemic countries (COVID-19 cases and deaths, daily updated statistics) see at CruiseMapper's Norovirus page.