The ship was scheduled to start sailing from Hong Kong on July 30, but the voayges are now rescheduled for September 2021.
RCI recently sent a letter to the travel agents stating it was making every effort to complete the vaccination arrangements and crew quarantine. However, the originally scheduled sailing date was "likely to be delayed."
The Hong Kong government announced that cruise ships are allowed to restart at the end of July. Following the announcement, Royal Caribbean and Dream Cruises started preparations, and Dream Cruises' ship Genting Dream arrived in Hong Kong.
In mid-June, Spectrum OTS also arrived in Hong Kong and hundreds of crew are currently quarantined onboard. According to Tan Guangshun (chairman of the International Association of Air Travel Agency Chamber of Commerce), because Spectrum OTS had arrived later than Genting Dream, the "follow-up efforts" had been postponed, including later completion of the test results.
Cruisers sailing from Hong Kong must be fully vaccinated and eligible to board the liner 14 days after receiving the 2nd dose. The crew must be quarantined onboard for 21 days and complete 2 doses of the vaccine. All guests must hold a 48-hour negative test result prior to boarding, and install the "Travel with peace of mind" app.