Passengers must be fully vaccinated to navigate Royal Caribbean, Latest from Singapore
All Singapore passengers aged 12 and over who book a Royal Caribbean cruise from today will need to be fully vaccinated upon departure.
This requirement will only apply to new bookings made from today, cruise line Royal Caribbean International announced on Wednesday.
Those who have booked a cruise before today can still sail even if they are not fully vaccinated.
Only two cruise ships – Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas and Dream Cruises’ World Dream – currently offer crossings from Singapore.
It is not mandatory for Dream Cruises passengers to be fully vaccinated, according to its website.
The two cruise lines have been given the green light to offer cruises to nowhere from Singapore as part of a pilot project, which began in November last year.
This came after departures stopped amid escalating Covid-19 cases.
Under this program, round-trip cruises do not have ports of call and passengers must pass a mandatory Covid-19 test before boarding.
Royal Caribbean said of its latest decision: “The vaccine requirement is one of many layers of measures that protect the well-being of guests and crew, and Royal Caribbean will continue to assess and implement update its metrics as circumstances change with various governments and health services. authorities.”
Ms Angie Stephen, Vice President of Royal Caribbean International, said that on average 99% of passengers on her Singapore cruises are already fully vaccinated.
She said: “Children under the age of 12 are not required to be vaccinated and, in accordance with current government restrictions, are allowed to accompany their vaccinated parents to activities, including eating, as long as they are away. same cleaning, for the duration of the cruise. “
“All guests are expected to adhere to the recently updated health and safety measures announced last Friday.”
At Dream Cruises, although it is not mandatory to be fully vaccinated to sail, Mr. Michael Goh, President of Dream Cruises and Head of International Sales at Genting Cruise Lines, said that since July, more than 90% of its passengers have been fully vaccinated.
But only fully vaccinated passengers are allowed to dine in restaurants aboard the World Dream.
Unvaccinated children aged 12 and under may also dine on site if they are from the same household as the accompanying adults.
It starts from 11am on the second day of the cruise.
Prior to that, all guests, regardless of their immunization status, will be allowed to dine on site, having undergone the mandatory rapid antigen test prior to boarding.
Those who are not vaccinated can choose to take their food or call room service.
Mr Goh said, “Dream Cruises will continue to closely monitor the situation and explore additional layers of potential safety measures, including guest vaccination requirements, in the future.”