Mice Affairs Media Group, 14 Jan 2021, India
" Many will remember 2020 as a challenging year that has affected and changed the landscape of various industries, including the cruise sector due to the global pandemic. Cruise lines alike including Genting Cruise Lines had taken this valuable opportunity to rethink, redesign and enhance its safety and preventive measures to adapt to the new norm and age of travel.
Genting Cruise Lines has been at the forefront and was the first cruise line in the world to restart the cruise industry with successful safe pilot cruises by Dream Cruises, starting in Taiwan since July 2020 and subsequently in Singapore from November 2020 onwards. We were able to adapt and tailor-made a deployment model with safety protocols that meet the requirements of different countries. This is crucial in order to create a sustainable and responsible traveling environment to gain the confidence of both the local authorities and consumers alike. For instance in Singapore, protocols are in place that includes pre boarding and post-cruise Antigen Rapid Test for all guests, ship operating at 50% capacity, ship equipped with an Infection Control Officer and a PCR machine for onboard COVID-19 testing, onboard social distancing and compulsory face mask-wearing etc.
Rebuilding the travel and
leisure industry, including the cruise industry, is a collective effort from
cruise lines to travel agents to local authorities, as we instill confidence and
educate consumers across different target market segments, including the MICE
sector. Developing the MICE sector will be a careful and gradual process due to
the restrictions such as social distancing requirements, number of persons per
group etc. As such, it’s important for cruise lines to work with local
authorities closely to monitor the local situation and identify suitable and safe opportunities and timing to offer and conduct MICE events in the future.
As we head into 2021, we remain highly optimistic of the continued demand for cruises and with these steps in place, it will set the blueprint for us to continue to work with various local authorities to resume safe pilot cruises in various countries in the not too distant future. Also, with the development and wider spread of the distribution of vaccines in 2021, we hope it will build confidence among travelers - complemented by our enhanced and stringent safety protocols that are readily in place across our fleet"
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