Hundreds of cruise passengers set sail from Singapore on Friday, November 6, on a "cruise to nowhere." Safety measures were in place to prevent Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks, as the industry is trying to return to regular service.
Ship cruises were suspended worldwide back in March after travel restrictions kicked in and a number of vessels were hit by outbreaks, but have now resumed sailings in a few places.
The "cruise to nowhere" (a roundtrip itinerary with no port calls) has proved a hit, and mask-wearing travellers lined up for COVID tests conducted by workers in protective suits prior to boarding the Asian cruise liner MS World Dream.
The Dream Cruises-operated vessel departed Friday evening into Melaka Strait, a major shipping lane between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The liner headed into international waters before returning to Singapore on Sunday, November 8.
The cruise ship owner (Malaysia's GHK-Genting) introduced safety measures, including regular disinfection of rooms and public areas, reduced capacity at restaurants, advance booking of the swimming pool. The ship's onboard clinic is kitted out with a machine churning out virus test results in just an hour.
World Dream also has an intensive care unit, in case anyone onboard does contract COVID-19.