After a hiatus of operations for nearly nine months, Royal Caribbean International's Quantum of the Seas restarted sailing from Singapore on 1 December.
These short cruises of three or four nights are operated under strict health and safety protocols developed by Royal Caribbean in partnership with Singaporean authorities. Open to Singapore-based residents only, the ship is sailing at reduced capacity.
Here are our thoughts and observations after joining the inaugural sailing:
• Expect scans and temperature checks everywhere. Together, the wristband token, keycard and TraceTogether app/token make up "a trilogy of must-haves" on board.
• Service levels were great, aided by an even higher than usual staff-guest ratio.
• All reservations have to be made on the app, therefore guests are highly recommended to pre-book timings for meals or activities.
• In the restaurants, the buffets were either dished out by chefs or service staff, while staff man drinks dispenser to help guests with their beverages of choice.
• Wait staff, however, cannot help to take photos. Reminder: bring your selfie sticks.
• The entertainment is of high calibre, with an international cast putting up motivated and enthusiastic performance.
• Enhanced social distancing and ample space onboard. At the theatre, guests are adequately spaced out while alternate two rows are kept empty.
After nine months of non-travel, the 'sailcation' was a liberating experience as the cruise offered a refreshing change from the urban landscapes of Singapore.
We sailed into the South China Sea and were excited to see activities at sea—we even waved at passing cargo ships. And with its a wide array of food and activities to choose from on board, our gratifying time on Quantum of the Seas felt like an all-inclusive holiday, theme park and integrated resort experience all rolled into one.
For an inside look of how the experience was like, check out the images below.
Together, the wristband token, keycard and TraceTogether app/token make up "a trilogy of must-haves" on board.
Breakfast queues are orderly, with safety and sanitisation checks in place.
The new normal at the ever popular Flowrider surf simulator.
Social distancing observed while at Quantum of the Seas' various outdoor activities.
Quantum of the Seas' signature North Star Observation Capsule.
All reservations have to be made on the app, therefore guests are highly recommended to pre-book timings for meals or activities, including time at the pools.
Staff cannot help take photos. Reminder: bring your selfie sticks.