The Genting Hong Kong (GHK)-owned company Star Cruises signed a charter deal with the government of Singapore for the cruise liners SuperStar Aquarius and SuperStar Gemini to provide temporary onboard accommodations for foreign workers recovered from Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Michael Goh - President of Dream Cruises (sister company of Star Cruises) and Genting Cruise Lines' Head of International Sales - commented:
“On behalf of Genting Cruise Lines, we thank the Singapore government for their confidence in our ships to pioneer such an important initiative for the country and the region during these challenging times. Singapore has been our homeport for over 26 years and we are proud to extend our support with SuperStar Gemini, as well as SuperStar Aquarius that had recently arrived in Singapore.
We are pleased that our onboard facilities, as well as preventive and safety standards meet Singapore’s strict requirements for this initiative. From the onset of the pandemic, Genting Cruise Lines had implemented stringent precautionary measures, including the highest standards of preventive hygiene, sanitization and disinfection procedures to safeguard the well-being of all guests and crew. As such, there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 among guests or crew to date while onboard or transmitted via any of Genting Cruise Lines’ cruise ships.
In addition to these, Genting Cruise Lines’ ship design enables 100% external fresh air to be filtered and supplied to the cabins and on board public areas – ensuring a constant and healthy flow of fresh air throughout the vessel with no recirculation of air within the ship.
We have also taken a pro-active approach to carefully review our prevention and response plan with the COVID-19 pandemic in mind to provide enhanced and comprehensive measures across our fleet for future deployments, which we will adopt as the new safety norm and we hope for the industry too.”
As the cruise line commences the initiative with the Singapore's Government, the onboard health safety remains company's top priority.
The shipowner Genting Hong Kong Ltd is part of Genting Group (Malaysia) - a Kuala Lumpur-based corporation that specializes in cruise shipping and resort businesses. Among GHK's assets are the fully-owned companies Crystal Cruises, Dream Cruises, Star Cruises, Resorts World Manila (Philippines), as well as the Germany-based shipbuilding company MV Werften.