Dream Cruises officially re-started its cruise service in Singapore on 6th November.
‘World Dream’ undertook her first ‘Super Seacation’ itinerary created especially for the Singaporean market. Operating at a reduced capacity of 50%, around 1,400 guests took part in ‘World Dream’s’ inaugural voyage from Singapore.
She will operate two and three-night high seas ‘Super Seacation’ itineraries with all activities on board organised in accordance with permitted group sizes – specific to each activity – in line with the prevailing national policy, and measures will be in place to discourage close contact between groups.
“It is a great honour for us to continue our long and fruitful partnership with Singapore which began in 1993, almost 30 years ago,” said Michael Goh, Dream Cruises’ President. “We could not have done this alone and I would like to acknowledge the great support we have received from the Singaporean authorities – and especially the Singapore Tourism Board for their trust and confidence in us.”
Cruise operations resumption will also see Genting Cruise Lines reinforce its commitment to reviving seafaring opportunities in Singapore and the cultivation of local cruise talents through new employment prospects and educational partnerships that will provide more jobs for Singaporeans, during the pandemic period.
As part of this operation, Genting will search for talents to fill in excess of 100 jobs covering all aspects of cruise ship operations from marine officers to cruise operations and galley chefs, media technicians, various hotel and hospitality staff and special cruise ambassadors, to ensure the best guest relations.
Two recently recruited Singaporean citizens, Loh Tze Xiang, Zachary, 2nd Officer Junior and Mohd Ansar, 3rd Officer, became official crew members during her initial cruise.
In preparation to welcome the first passengers on board, over the past months, Genting has completely re-examined and enhanced all of its health, hygiene and operating protocols, including thorough sanitisation and disinfection and enhanced hygiene practices for guest cabins and crew member quarters, public areas and recreational facilities; social distancing in dining, entertainment and public areas; safe food and beverage handling procedures; and, 100% fresh air ventilation in staterooms and public areas.
A well-equipped medical facility, including a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine, will bring COVID-19 laboratory testing technology directly onto ‘World Dream’.
In addition, all guests will be required to pass a COVID-19 antigen rapid test before being allowed to board the ship and all guests – aged seven and above – will be required to carry their MICE pod token, as mandated by the Singapore Ministry of Health, to monitor social distancing while on board.
‘World Dream’ has successfully obtained the CruiseSafe Certification from the Singapore Tourism Board and DNV GL and Certification in Infection Prevention – Maritime (CIP-M) from DNV GL following an assessment of the company’s infection prevention and control system.