A first step in a long road to recovery for the cruise industry, Genting Cruise Lines has announced the restart of operations for Dream Cruises.
Commencing 26 July 2020, vessel Explorer Dream will undertake two and three-night itineraries departing Keelung and calling 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,” Genting Hong Kong chairman and CEO Tan Sri KT Lim said.
“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.”
HK-based Genting said Taiwan was the ideal destination to resume Dream Cruises’ operations due to the company’s 25-year history with the island, its popularity as a destination, and Taiwan’s relatively low number of COVID-19 cases.
Dream’s “Taiwan Island-Hopping” itineraries will also call into the popular ports and islands of Peng Hu, Matsu Island and Kinmen to help support the nation’s reopening of tourism.
“We thank Taiwan for their initiatives to re-start their economy and the tourism industry and the trust they have placed in Dream Cruises,” Genting Cruise Line president Kent Zhu said.
“As well, we appreciate the support of the travel industry in the restart of our cruise operations.”
“This is truly a remarkable achievement which was made possible by the Taiwan authorities’ swift and effective handling of the COVID-19 crisis and their foresight in resuming the tourism industry to benefit all the ports, the economy and the lifestyle of the people of Taiwan.”
Refined over the past three months, Genting Cruise Lines’ upgraded health and hygiene initiatives include new social distancing measures in dining, entertainment and public areas, along with 100% fresh air ventilation in staterooms and operations.
Explorer Dream will also enforce strict health screening processes prior to and after sailings, as well as thorough sanitization in guest cabins and crew member quarters, public areas and recreational facilities. Additionally, isolation wards and cabins will be made available if they are needed.
Meanwhile, Explorer Dream has become the first cruise ship in the world to receive the Certification in Infection Prevention (CIP) for the Marine industry (CIP-M), which was created in co-operation with the world’s largest classification society, DNV GL.
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