Royal Caribbean is playing its part in stemming the tide of Covid-19 infections by passing a mandate, calling all Singapore passengers above the age of 12 to be fully vaccinated in order to sail, starting October 2021.
This enhanced safety regulation is applicable only for all new bookings made from Friday, 1 October. Guests who have already made their bookings before October will still be able to set sail, whether they are fully vaccinated or not.
Fully-vaccinated guests will be given a purple tamper-proof wristband to indicate their vaccination status, so they can access select areas onboard designated for vaccinated guests.
As of this article's writing, an average of 99% of guests sailing the Singapore-docked Quantum of the Seas are already vaccinated.
In addition, while Royal Caribbean deploys the PCR test — done 48 hours before sailing — since restarting operations in 2020, however, ever since Singapore ramped up restrictions due to an increase in Covid infections earlier this year, the cruise line added ART testing on the same day of sailing, as an extra layer of safety.
Just like on land, all unvaccinated passengers who present negative results for the ART test can dine in, but only for the first 24 hours onboard.
Royal Caribbean believes that the many layers of measures implemented and constantly being reviewed will help safeguard the well-being of its guests and crew.
“Royal Caribbean will continue to evaluate and update its measures as circumstances evolve with various government and health authorities,” the cruise line shared.
As well, this new rule will also apply to all passengers booking for the Spectrum of the Seas, set to arrive in Singapore from the China/ Hong Kong region, and will begin sailing on 21 October, 2022.
Under a pilot scheme implemented last November, only two cruise ships have received the green light to operate cruises from Singapore: Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, and Dream Cruises’ World Dream.
Part of the pilot scheme’s calls for round-trips with no ports of call, and a maximum capacity of 50%. Bookings are open only to Singapore residents or those holding a long term pass. Passengers must also have been in Singapore for the 21 days prior to boarding.