Royal Caribbean International again extended the Quantum of the Seas' Singapore program, this time through October.
The Quantum commenced sailing from Singapore in December 2020 and was slated to reposition to Seattle for the 2021 Alaska season. Royal decided to keep the ship in Asia through the summer and now says it will stay four more months. A repositioning to Australia is planned for November.
Michael Bayley, CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said the line has seen "overwhelming demand" for the Quantum sailings in Singapore, on which more than 50,000 passengers have taken more than 30 cruises and had "zero positive Covid-19 cases to date."
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"Royal Caribbean's 30-plus sailings in Singapore offer a real-life, validated model of how cruising can be a unique, safe vacation beyond what many other travel options can offer," Bayley said. "I'm confident we'll continue to see how successful cruising can be through a combination of our proven, healthy and safe practices, which are informed by the Healthy Sail Panel's 74 recommendations, and the rollout of vaccines around the world."
The Quantum will continue to offer two-, three- and four-day cruises to nowhere with the same set of health and safety measures in place, such as Covid-19 testing, reduced sailing capacity, physical distancing measures, enhanced cleaning and sanitizing processes and contact tracing.
Since last July, Royal Caribbean Group brands, including Tui Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd, have carried more than 100,000 guests on 152 cruises in Asia and Europe. The line will launch its newest ship, the Odyssey of the Seas, from Haifa, Israel, in May, followed by the Jewel of the Seas from Cyprus, the Anthem of the Seas sailing from the U.K., the Adventure of the Seas from the Bahamas and the Vision of the Seas from Bermuda.