Genting Cruise Lines will launch the world’s first post-COVID-19 cruise route around Taiwan, beginning 26 July 2020.
Taiwan, described as having the best COVID-19 response in Asia, with one of the region’s lowest infection and fatality rates, is keen to re-open its tourism industry. Governments worldwide have shut their ports to cruise ships to stem the spread of COVID-19.
Genting Cruise Lines worked with the Taiwanese government to set safety and hygiene protocols for guests and crew on Explorer Dream, which has been chosen for the cruise route.
Explorer Dream will depart from Keelung and call at Penghu, Matzu, and Kinmen islands.
“After months of detailed planning with the authorities to ensure the safety and health of guests and crew, we appreciate the approval of Explorer Dream resuming cruise operations in Taiwan. Dream Cruises will be the first cruise line in the world to begin sailing after the global cruise industry was shut down due to the pandemic,” said KT Lim, CEO and chairman of Genting Hong Kong.
Lim added that Genting Cruise Lines is drawing on its experience of having chartered two of its ships, SuperStar Gemini and SuperStar Aquarius, to the Singapore authorities to house migrant workers recovering from COVID-19.
Genting Cruise Lines is co-operating with DNV GL for Explorer Dream to receive the world’s first certification in infection prevention for the maritime industry (CIP-M).
CIP-M certifies that ships are set up to prevent COVID-19 and is designed to create an infection-prevention response that includes national and international requirements. It is of hospital grade and integrates maritime standards all incorporated with DNV GL’s risk management approach.
Genting Cruise Lines has completely re-examined and enhanced all of its health, hygiene, and operating protocols to ensure the safest environment for everyone on board, including social distancing in dining, entertainment, and public areas, along with 100% fresh air ventilation in passenger cabins and throughout the ships.
In accordance with Taiwan’s regulations, Explorer Dream has been thoroughly cleaned and majority of its crew will be from other Genting Cruise Lines’ ships who have been quarantined for the last three months and will undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine on land after the ship arrives in Keelung on 30 June. After testing negative for COVID-19, the crew will be isolated for another seven days on Explorer Dream, resulting in a total of 21 days of exhaustive preventive procedures before operations begin on 26 July.