Royal Caribbean International plans to resume sailing in Asia after winning approval from the Singapore government.

The line is to pilot short cruises by Quantum of the Seas from December 1, following Genting Cruise Lines’s World Dream on November 6.

The three and four-night cruises to no-where have been given the green light for Singapore residents only after months of planning to ensure the health and safety of passengers, crew and local communities.

Ships will have to operate at 50% capacity and run round-trips with no ports of call.

The Singapore Tourism Board is developing a mandatory ‘CruiseSafe’ certification including stringent hygiene and safety measures, including pre-departure and after disembarking.

Royal Caribbean International Asia Pacific managing director Angie Stephen said:“Singapore residents are adventurous travellers and we are so excited to be giving them the opportunity to get away from their daily grind and enjoy a thrilling world-class ccean getaway, with total peace of mind.

“While the cruise experience will be different than it was pre-pandemic, we are committed to providing the signature Royal Caribbean holiday that guests know and love, while keeping the health and safety of everyone on board as our top priority.

“I extend my deepest gratitude to the Singapore government for their collaboration and support and confidence in Royal Caribbean to deliver a safe cruising experience.

“We share their strong commitment and focus to reignite the local economy and bring back jobs and services supporting the travel industry.”

STB chief executive KeithTan said: “Singapore remains committed to supporting and growing cruise tourism in the region.

“Royal Caribbean International is a key partner in growing cruising in Singapore and the region, and I am confident in their ability to maintain the highest standards of hygiene and safety.

“We will continue to work with cruise lines and our industry stakeholders to chart a new course for safe cruising.”

Royal Caribbean International Asia Pacific managing director Angie Stephen said:“Singapore residents are adventurous travellers and we are so excited to be giving them the opportunity to get away from their daily grind and enjoy a thrilling world-class ccean getaway, with total peace of mind.

“While the cruise experience will be different than it was pre-pandemic, we are committed to providing the signature Royal Caribbean holiday that guests know and love, while keeping the health and safety of everyone on board as our top priority.

“I extend my deepest gratitude to the Singapore government for their collaboration and support and confidence in Royal Caribbean to deliver a safe cruising experience.

“We share their strong commitment and focus to reignite the local economy and bring back jobs and services supporting the travel industry.”

Singapore Tourist Board chief executive KeithTan said: “Singapore remains committed to supporting and growing cruise tourism in the region.

“Royal Caribbean International is a key partner in growing cruising in Singapore and the region, and I am confident in their ability to maintain the highest standards of hygiene and safety.

“We will continue to work with cruise lines and our industry stakeholders to chart a new course for safe cruising.”