Hong Kong is preparing to reopen cruise tourism by the end of July, applying health and safety regulations for passengers and onboard.
All ships sailing from Hong Kong will be required to comply with health and safety measures, carrying only 50% of their passenger capacity. The entire crew must be fully vaccinated and tested every 14 days.
Passengers must also use the LeaveHomeSafe tracing app while onboard. Except in cases of medical reasons or under the age of 16, all passengers must be fully vaccinated and got negative PCR test results within 48 hours prior to departure.
Gearing up for a late July sailing, Genting Cruise Lines intends to offer a three-night Super Summer Seacations on the flagship Genting Dream.
The Explorer Dream and World Dream sailing from Hong Kong will also offer international experiences and themed festivals such as Japan Festival, Oktoberfest, Halloween, and Nordic Christmas until December.
Kent Zhu, President of Genting Cruise Lines said: “The crucial experience gained as the first cruise line to resume in Asia with Explorer Dream and World Dream in Taiwan and Singapore, respectively, provides invaluable first-hand knowledge on how to operate cruises in the safest possible environment and it is our goal to also be the first to resume in Hong Kong.”
Besides, Royal Caribbean also intends to sail at the end of July with the 2 to 4 nights Summer Ocean Getaways on the Spectrum of the Seas.
In addition, Kai Tak Cruise Terminal will also reopen to support cruises with anti-epidemic measures in places such as the use of purpose-built HVAC and mobile UV-C sterilization units, advanced temperature and air quality monitoring systems.
The Hong Kong Tourism Board also promotes cruise resumptions that are about to reopen on the Holiday at Home platform.
HKTB Chair YK Pang said: “Cruise tourism is an integral part of Hong Kong’s tourism and the resumption of high sea cruises is the first step to the recovery of the cruise sector. When cross-border travel resumes, the HKTB will then gradually market our cruise experience to Mainland and international visitor sources.”