Singapore Tourism Board allows ‘Cruises to nowhere’

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Cruise ships around the world have been abandoned, either in ports or anchored out at sea since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in March. The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has decided to allow cruise lines to embark on “cruises to nowhere”. The new plan would allow 50% of the original passenger intake. STB has reportedly hired a Norway-based risk management company, to create a cruise compliance and certification scheme. It will be “benchmarked against global health, safety, and hygiene standards” in order to aid cruise lines who want to begin sailing from Singapore again. Travel demand has increased and the tourism companies are offering high discounts and exciting offers. Major cruise lines such as MSC Cruises have already begun sailings in Europe. The new proposal comes after Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced in September that they would offer three hour sightseeing “flights to nowhere” that would both take off and land at Singapore’s Changi Airport. However, SIA announced that they would not go ahead following criticism from environmental campaigners. Although there is no official date for when the “cruises to nowhere” will begin, Singapore’s cruise lines are eager to restart sailings after voluntarily ceasing operation until later in the year.

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