Published on : Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Genting Cruise Lines recently announced that Dream Cruises is set to restart operations with the aim of making the cruise operator the first to return to the seas. The first cruise to set sail would be Explorer Dream that is ready to operate two- and three-night Taiwan Island-Hopping itineraries starting July 26. The ship will depart from Keelung and make intermediate stops at Penghu, Matzu and Kinmen islands.
In accordance with Taiwan’s regulations prior to resuming sailing, Explorer Dream has undergone a thorough deep cleaning. The cruise has also observed strict quarantine procedures for entire crew. The majority of crew will be from other Genting Cruise Lines ships. These staffs have already been quarantined for the last three months and will also undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine on land after the ship arrives in Keelung.
Taiwan has been outstanding in its efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and has seen a much lower number of cases as compared to global figures. Experts around the world have also praised the country for its effective response to the pandemic. Therefore, due to the immense success of fighting against the deadly coronavirus, the local authorities have taken the proactive step to revive the economy of the country and decided to open up the tourism sector.
In order to support the endeavour, Dream Cruises have decided to offer special island-hopping cruises calling into the popular ports and islands of Peng Hu, Matsu Island and Kinmen where Taiwanese guests will be able to enjoy refreshing short getaways on carefree ocean voyages once again.
Tan Sri KT Lim, Chief Executive, Genting Hong Kong said in a press statement that the company appreciates the approval of Explorer Dream for resuming cruise operations in Taiwan after months of detailed planning with the authorities to ensure the safety and health of guests and crew. He shared that 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.