Dream Cruises’ Explorer Dream is all set to begin its Taiwan Island-Hopping itineraries on July 26, after the ship completed a deep clean upon arrival in Keelung on June 30 and its crew was given an all-clear from Covid-19 after a 14-day quarantine on land a nucleic acid tests for the virus.
The crew has now returned on board where they will undergo an additional seven day self-health monitoring period to complete their comprehensive preventive period of 21 days of isolation in total, prior to the inaugural sailing of the itinerary on July 26.
“The health and safety of our guests and crew are our top priority and we appreciate the support and guidance of the many Taiwan authorities on the smooth completion of quarantine procedures and testing for our crew,” said Kent Zhu, president of Genting Cruise Lines.
According to Zhu, the Taiwan itineraries have been met with “overwhelming market response” with sold-out sailings in July and August.
“We have been working tirelessly to prepare for the resumption of our cruise operations, and we have been exploring with local authorities the feasibility of hosting a medical professional aboard the ship to work as a consultant in collaboration with our two in-house professional doctors. We have implemented the newly-added role of infection control officer on board to ensure our extensive preventive measures are functioning smoothly in case of emergencies,” added Zhu.
Prior to her inaugural sailing, Explorer Dream will participate in an outbreak simulation drill under the guidance of the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control. Medical experts from the Taiwan Public Health Association will also consult on the drill on the ship’s prevention and response plans to ensure the seamless execution of preventive measures both on board and on shore.
In response to the outbreak, Genting Cruise Lines had reviewed its existing prevention and response plans and devised a new set of enhanced and comprehensive measures across the fleet including stringent health screening procedures and guidelines during embarkation and disembarkation, onboard social distancing measures, enhanced sanitisation, disinfection and hygiene practices for guest cabins and crew member quarters, public areas and recreational facilities, and safe F&B handling procedures.
Genting Cruise Lines has also worked with DNV GL, the largest classification society in the world, to adapt their health care “Certification in Infection Prevention (CIP) for the Marine industry (CIP-M); Explorer Dream is also the first cruise ship in the world to receive the CIP-M certification.
Additionally, the design of Explorer Dream allows for 100% external fresh air to be filtered and supplied throughout the vessels.
Two professional doctors, of which one will also serve as the new on board Infection Control Officer, will be available in the 24-hour medical centre, where real-time RT-PCR diagnostic rapid tests and nasal swab tests will be available. Isolation wards with negative room pressure are also available in the Medical Centre and cabins can be converted into quarantine rooms if required.