World leader in cruise industry – for now


THE city-state accounts for a third of the world’s cruises, its tourism body said on Wednesday, owing to the roaring success of its “cruises to nowhere” at a time of crisis in the industry globally.

Cruises have yet to restart in many parts of the world after taking a beating from the Covid-19 pandemic, with some of the earliest big outbreaks found on cruise ships.

Singpore launched what it called “round trips” on luxury liners in November, which have no port of call and last only a few days. It has seen relatively few domestic Covid-19 cases since last year.

The Singapore cruises are open only to its 5.7 million residents, who have been unable to leave the tiny country for leisure and have settled instead for activities like staycations and indoor camping.

The cruises recorded about 120,000 passengers, according to the Singapore Tourism Board, and run at lower capacity with stringent health protocols.

The tourism board said it calculated its share of global cruises using data from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Some cruises from the Caribbean are expected to resume from

June, while the US Centres for Disease has retained tight curbs on resuming cruises from the United States.

Some cruises have operated in parts of Europe, Asia and the South Pacific, according to the CLIA.

Royal Caribbean said this month that it was extending the season in Singapore for its Quantum of the Seas ship due to “overwhelming demand” through October.

Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean launched their pilot cruises late last year.

STB Chief Executive Keith Tan said Singapore did not expect to be leading in cruises for long. — Reuters

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