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Inside Singapore's first 'cruise to nowhere,' where vacation-starved guests took turns using the pool and carried contact tracing devices everywhere they went

INSIDER Logo By shoeller@businessinsider.com (Sophie-Claire Hoeller) of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 16:  Dream Cruises just had its first "cruise to nowhere," a voyage that started and ended in Singapore, with no stops in between. It was the first cruise ship voyage in the country since the no-sail order in March and part of a "safe cruise" pilot program. Three and four-day cruises to nowhere will be offered regularly, going forward. Each passenger is tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to board. There's an on-board lab that can produce virus test results in an hour. These cruises are for Singapore residents only. Singapore is mostly closed to short-term visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The coronavirus pandemic has hit the travel industry hard and left people around the world starved for a getaway.From flights to nowhere to fake plane trips complete with boarding, some companies are coming up with innovative ways to give people a taste of going on vacation."Cruises to nowhere" are the latest such effort. These are trips on cruise ships that start and end in the same destination, with no stops in between.On November 6, hundreds of passengers set sail on one such trip, dubbed the "Super Seacation" on the World Dream ship. It was part of a "safe cruise" pilot program, which stipulates that ships can only set sail at half capacity, and are open only to Singapore residents, according to the Straits Times.Going forward, three and four-day cruises to nowhere on the World Dream will be offered regularly, according to a press release by Dream Cruises.Representatives for Dream Cruises did not respond to Insider's request for further information about the trip and any new safety protocols.Keep reading to see what the two-night voyage was like.Read the original article on Insider

Inside Singapore's first 'cruise to nowhere,' where vacation-starved guests took turns using the pool and carried contact tracing devices everywhere they went

  • Dream Cruises just had its first "cruise to nowhere," a voyage that started and ended in Singapore, with no stops in between.
  • It was the first cruise ship voyage in the country since the no-sail order in March and part of a "safe cruise" pilot program.
  • Three and four-day cruises to nowhere will be offered regularly, going forward.
  • Each passenger is tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to board. There's an on-board lab that can produce virus test results in an hour.
  • These cruises are for Singapore residents only. Singapore is mostly closed to short-term visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the travel industry hard and left people around the world starved for a getaway.

From flights to nowhere to fake plane trips complete with boarding, some companies are coming up with innovative ways to give people a taste of going on vacation.

"Cruises to nowhere" are the latest such effort. These are trips on cruise ships that start and end in the same destination, with no stops in between.

On November 6, hundreds of passengers set sail on one such trip, dubbed the "Super Seacation" on the World Dream ship. It was part of a "safe cruise" pilot program, which stipulates that ships can only set sail at half capacity, and are open only to Singapore residents, according to the Straits Times.

Going forward, three and four-day cruises to nowhere on the World Dream will be offered regularly, according to a press release by Dream Cruises.

Representatives for Dream Cruises did not respond to Insider's request for further information about the trip and any new safety protocols.

Keep reading to see what the two-night voyage was like.

Read the original article on Insider
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