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Singapore's 'cruises to nowhere' aim to revive COVID-hit industry

Royal Caribbean and Genting promise safe sailing as they chart course for recovery

Genting Cruise Lines' ship World Dream will begin sailing from Nov. 6, with strict safety measures in place. (Photo courtesy of Genting Cruise Lines)

SINGAPORE -- Cruise operators Royal Caribbean International and Genting Cruise Lines will once again set sail from Singapore this fall, making both among the first in Asia to jumpstart an industry devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Their ships will not be venturing far, however. Tourism authorities in the city-state announced this week that the two companies will be allowed to offer Singapore residents "cruises to nowhere" from November on a trial basis, with strict safety precautions and mandatory COVID-19 testing for both crew and passengers.

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