Royal Caribbean is about to cruise again — but only this country’s residents can sail
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
The world’s largest cruise line is launching short cruises from Singapore with a single vessel — the 4,180-passenger Quantum of the Seas.
The 16-deck-high cruise ship — the 13th largest in the world — will operate three- and four-night “cruises to nowhere” from the city-state that don’t include any port stops.
For more cruise news, reviews and tips, sign up for TPG’s new cruise newsletter.
The cruises, notably, will be the first that Royal Caribbean has operated since the cruise industry shut down operations in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, they’ll be the first cruises operated by any major North America-based brand since the shutdown. Most major cruise lines including Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Holland America have canceled all sailings worldwide through at least February or March.
The new sailings, no doubt, are an exciting development for Royal Caribbean fans eager to get back on the water — as well as cruise fans in general. Royal Caribbean accounts for nearly a fifth of all cruises taken worldwide.
But if you count yourselves among those fans, take note that there’s a catch for those wanting to book one of the Singapore trips: For now, they’re only open to residents of Singapore.
Singapore is allowing cruise ships to resume sailings out of the city-state for locals only in the wake of a sharp drop in COVID-19 cases since the summer. The island nation has almost completely eradicated the illness, recording fewer than 10 cases a day on most days for the past two months.
Royal Caribbean is the second cruise line that Singapore has allowed to restart operations out of the city-state. Asia-based Dream Cruises began short cruises from Singapore on Nov. 6 with a single ship, the 3,376-passenger World Dream.
Royal Caribbean is implementing a wide range of anti-COVID health measures on the sailings — many of which we’re likely to see when the line resumes sailings in North America.
The measures include reducing the number of passengers allowed on the ship by as much as 50%. The initial sailing today will be capped at around 1,000 passengers.
Royal Caribbean also is requiring COVID-19 tests for passengers before boarding and social distancing on board. In addition, Quantum of the Seas’ ventilation system has been enhanced with new filtration, and new cleaning measures have been put in place.
Quantum of the Seas is scheduled to continue the new short sailings from Singapore for the next four months.
Royal Caribbean has canceled all other sailings worldwide through at least Jan. 1. The line normally operates 26 ships.
Cruising has resumed in a very limited way in recent months in parts of Europe, led by Europe-based lines such as MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises and TUI Cruises. A handful of lines in other parts of the world including French Polynesia also have resumed limited sailings.
Planning a cruise? Start with these stories:
- The 5 most desirable cabin locations on any cruise ship
- The 8 worst cabin locations on any cruise ship
- A quick guide to the most popular cruise lines
- 21 tips and tricks that will make your cruise go smoothly
- 15 ways cruisers waste money
- 12 best cruises for people who never want to grow up
- What to pack for your first cruise
Featured image of courtesy of Royal Caribbean
Welcome to The Points Guy!
WELCOME OFFER: 60,000 Points
TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,200
CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners
*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.
- Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- 2X points on dining at restaurants including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel.