Dream Cruises' World Dream sets sail earlier to facilitate disembarkation of Royal Caribbean's Quantum OTS

   December 10, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

The departure of MS World Dream went ahead on Wednesday, December 9, after a passenger on Royal Caribbean's Quantum OTS ship tested COVID-positive.

Dream Cruises said its vessel would leave ahead of schedule in order to facilitate the earlier disembarkation of RCI-Royal Caribbean International's Quantum of the Seas.

World Dream set sail at ~6:20 PM while Dream Cruises' ships normally depart at 9 PM. The company said in a statement that subsequent voyages on World Dream will continue to operate as scheduled, with its current set of stringent health and hygiene protocols in place.

RCI's Quantum OTS returned to Singapore Wednesday morning, a day earlier, after an 83-year-old male passenger tested positive for Coronavirus. All the ship's 1680 passengers and 1148 crew had tested negative for COVID-19 before the vessel departed on Monday.

Dream Cruises said it would "comply with any and all additional guidelines from the Singapore authorities that may arise from this incident in order to maintain the health and well-being of guests and crew on World Dream and in the city."

The company had issued "enhanced preventive measures which were created in consultation with international health organizations and local government authorities".

Cruise passengers are required to undergo a COVID-19 ART (antigen rapid test) at the cruise ship terminal on the day of departure before boarding.

Dream Cruises (since November) and RCI-Royal Caribbean (since December) offer cruises to nowhere from Singapore as part of a pilot program based on roundtrips without call ports along the route.