After a lengthy shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of Singapore residents on November 6 boarded a “cruise to nowhere”.
Seeking to enjoy the high seas once again, the passengers underwent COVID-19 swab tests before boarding the vessel that was operating at half capacity. Also, they were required to carry an electronic contact tracing device and to follow the social distancing norms at all times.
Open only to its residents, Singapore’s special cruises, classed as “round trips” sail for a few days in waters just off the city-state. The cruises follow “flights to nowhere” in some parts of Asia that take off and land at the same airport.
It must be noted that in a move to curb the spread of the virus, the global cruise industry has remained dormant for months.