The Quantum of the Seas departed Singapore yesterday, marking Royal Caribbean International's first sailing since the global cruise shutdown in March.
The ship departed at less than 30% capacity with approximately 1,100 guests on a two-day "ocean getaway" before officially launching planned itineraries of three and four days through mid-March. The cruises are exclusive to residents of Singapore.
"Singapore is well placed to resume cruise operations," the line said in a statement. "Recoveries are outpacing rates of infection due to the nation's conscientious contact tracing efforts, rigorous testing and implementation of strict health and safety protocols."
Royal Caribbean Group said that the Singapore government gave it permission to resume operations after months of planning to ensure the health and safety of its guests and crew and the communities where it will sail.
The Tracelet, a contact-tracing bracelet that all Quantum of the Seas passengers and crew are required to wear.
As part of its commitment to the Healthy Sail Panel of recommendations, as well as the requirements of Singapore health authorities, Royal will test and screen all passengers prior to embarkation. Passengers are also being required to wear a wristband, called the Tracelet, that monitors social distancing and enables contract tracing. The ship was given upgraded HVAC systems that enhance filtration and enhanced cleaning practices were added. Capacity was reduced to enable greater physical distancing, and the line added onboard medical facilities.
The Quantum also became Royal's first ship on which to debut its Muster 2.0 technology, which reduces crowding by making key elements of the drill, such as where to go in case of an emergency and instructions on properly using a life jacket, accessible via mobile devices and interactive stateroom TVs, and eliminating the need for the traditional one-time, large group assembly.