Singapore launches Covid-secure luxury cruises … to nowhere

Singapore is launching Covid-secure cruise holidays to nowhere, in the latest attempt to offer a long-distance travel experience with no stops.



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Australian airline Qantas drew criticism from environmental groups last month after advertising a seven-hour round trip from Sydney including fly-pasts of famous sights including Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef.

Now the Singapore government has given approval for cruises to nowhere

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Singapore introduces ‘cruises to nowhere’

(CNN) — Move over, flights to nowhere — cruises to nowhere may be the next big thing in Covid-safe travel.
Singapore has announced that it will launch pleasure cruises that don’t actually visit any ports in November 2020.

The city-state’s national tourism board has partnered with two cruise lines for the initial journeys, with Genting Cruise Lines’ World Dream and Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas chosen as the

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Singapore introduces ‘cruises to nowhere’ for travel-starved locals

Move over, flights to nowhere — cruises to nowhere may be the next big thing in Covid-safe travel.

Singapore has announced that it will launch pleasure cruises that don’t actually visit any ports in November 2020.

The city-state’s national tourism board has partnered with two cruise lines for the initial journeys, with Genting Cruise Lines’ World Dream and Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas chosen as the first two

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Singapore eyes launch of ‘cruises to nowhere’ to kickstart leisure travel amid coronavirus pandemic: reports

It could be a while before cruises are back to normal, but if you miss the open seas, a “cruise to nowhere” might be just what you’re looking for.

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is reportedly working on protocols for “cruises to nowhere” to begin operating in Singapore, according to a report earlier this week from The Straits Times.

The newspaper reported that the board hired a risk management company

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Singapore to kickstart travel with ‘cruises to nowhere’

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Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is said to be looking at launching “cruises to nowhere” in a bid to kickstart leisure travel in the country.

A cruise to nowhere is essentially a sailing that departs and returns to the same port having spent a period at sea without docking anywhere else.

Passengers

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Travel agents wait for the world to reopen from COVID shutdowns; here’s how they’re staying afloat with travelers wary of cruises and flights

NORTHAMPTON — The DRI-Voyage, as travel agent Martha S. Borawski describes it, is the travel option for people who normally like a cruise but are not getting on a plane — much less a cruise ship — anytime in the foreseeable future due to the risk of coronavirus.



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From left to right, Barbara Burati, Martha S. Borawski and Debbie Wilcox at Pioneer Valley

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Cruisers cry foul as Crystal Cruises refunds fail to arrive



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Dozens of cruisers have contacted TPG recently to let us know that they’ve been waiting indefinitely on refunds for cruises that were canceled or postponed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, thousands of travelers across all

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The Private River Cruises Designed For Socially Distanced Travel

If you’re feeling inspired by World Rivers Day, which this year falls on September 27, start making plans for one of these river cruises now available for exclusive hire.

At any time, river cruises provide access to life along some of the world’s great waterways. In this time of social distancing, private charter of these vessels is more appealing than ever

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Royal Caribbean Updates 2021 Summer Cruises

Royal Caribbean International has made updates to its summer 2021 cruising season.



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Independence of the Seas

After receiving feedback from guests and travel partners, the cruise line has made changes to its schedule to provide more variety.

Royal Caribbean will now offer new four- and five-night Mediterranean getaways from Barcelona and more island time in the Caribbean, with ships sailing from additional U.S. ports, including Tampa, Florida,

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Some travel insurance companies limit coverage for Crystal Cruises in wake of financial warning



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Cruisers who book a trip with Crystal Cruises in the coming months may have trouble getting travel insurance that would cover a collapse of the line now that its parent company has stopped making payments to creditors.

Representatives

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What is the future of around-the-world cruises?

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Cruise Lines International Association members have extended the suspension of U.S. cruise operations until Sept. 15 amid coronavirus concerns.

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With the travel and cruise industries in a state of limbo because of the global COVID-19 health pandemic, one of cruising’s time-honored traditions is at risk of not happening next year.

World cruises are often seen as the pinnacle of all voyages. These massive, months-long journeys, which span multiple

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