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CRUISES TO CERTAIN ASEAN COUNTRIES COULD HAPPEN BY YEAR END

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) announced today (25 Jan) that Singapore is currently in the process of working with Governments of some ASEAN countries on plans to start cruises which will dock at some of the ports in these countries once again.

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Ports not yet known

While the talks are still in progress, Ms Jeannie Lim, assistant chief executive of STB’s policy and planning group said that Singapore is in a good position as Singapore is the first to deliver cruise safe sailing standards which had work very well in our favour over the past year.

The talks with other governments also seeks to standardise the safety protocols which both the countries will abide by.

She added that the trips might occur sometime near the end of 2022 though it is not known yet which are the ports that the cruises can sail to.

Cruises to ‘nowhere’ success

Since STB launched the cruise to ‘nowhere’ trips, the industry has also bounced back due to the success of this initiative.

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There were 300 such trips last year with about 400,000 passengers and there were no clusters formed on the two ships operating on this routes as of the time of writing.

Bookings have began

Royal Caribbean International who is one of the two firms given the green light to operate these cruises mentioned last year that bookings for trips from Singapore to Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam are opened.

Passengers will ride on the ‘Spectrum of the Seas’, one of its ships.

The proposed trips are set to sail from 21 Oct 2022 with itineraries between three to nine nights, but is still subjected to talks and approvals between the governments.

Ms Lim also added that Singaporean demands for cruise trips have already reach a high before the pandemic and it is very popular amongst the Singaporean population even during the pandemic.

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