It was all started when one of our group friend randomly asking everyone about going for a “Cruise To Nowhere”, sometime after Chinese New Year. Having a lousy year of can’t travel anywhere and felt like being trapped in this tiny red dot, no one objected the cruise idea at that time. Next thing I know, few weeks later, someone has already bought 3 nights ticket for everyone! WHAAAA! ∑(O_O;)
So what is Cruise To Nowhere exactly?
A cruise to nowhere is very much what it sounds like: boarding a cruise ship for a short voyage into international waters before returning, without calling on any ports.
Two cruise lines (Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International) have been given the green light to offer “cruises to nowhere” from Singapore starting in November 2020, will be part of a “safe cruise” pilot that will cater only to Singapore residents at a reduced capacity of 50 per cent.
Now let me take you on what to prepare for your Cruise To Nowhere.
1) PURCHASE THE TICKET 🎟️
Go to their website (we booked it from Royal Caribbean International), where it stated ‘3 nights ocean gateway starting from $279’. And that was price per night. You can choose your stateroom from Interior, Ocean View, Balcony, or Suites. Me and my friend ciMel (now she’s been recurring character on this blog, you should remember her from my past holidays) will be in the same Balcony Stateroom, where we can just chill and read books at the balcony during lazy days.
After the purchase, wait for email notification for mandatory SARS-CoV-2 (rtPCR) test for all passengers, T&C, important notes, request to update the passengers’ profiles and your sailing details (including booking number, ship’s name, and sailing date). (´｡• ᵕ •｡`)
2) DOWNLOAD ROYAL CARIBBEAN MOBILE APP ON YOUR SMART PHONE 🤳🏻
Not sure if I should mentioned this, by now everyone is using smart phone I supposed?
Go to your ios or googleplay and download Royall Caribbean Mobile App. You need this app for checking in, making reservation for your daily activities, checking out what’s happening onboard and reminder for your booking activities. Every person must download this app, even if you’re in the same stateroom as your roommate. This app will come very handy later when you’re onboard.
It is required to update your profile on their website or app. Either way, you must create an account first and ask your stateroommate to do the same. You will receive email for confirmation invoice with your (and your stateroommate)’s profile. This means you are officially checked in. <(￣︶￣)>
3) SCHEDULE YOUR PCR TEST 🧪
The next email you will receive is reminder to schedule and take mandatory SARS-CoV-2 (rtPCR) test at their assigned medical centre (Raffles City Shopping Centre L2) and download TrustOne App. All passengers required to do this test within 48 to 72 hours prior to boarding and obtain a negative result. The cost of SARS-CoV-2 test is included in your cruise fare for sailings departing on or before 18 October 2021.
Truth: A week before our departure date there was quite a covid spike in Singapore and I also received “possible exposure” notification on my TraceTogether App. Was almost bailed myself out, wrote email to the Cruise Team and none replied other than the same auto-generated emails and reminder for the PCR test. Quite frustrating but anyhow went to take the test with all my 5 travel buddies.
We did the test on Saturday, and sailed on the following Monday. My test result came out within 24 hours. Once you received this email, I suggest you quickly download the app and book the slot because it is run out very fast. (*￣▽￣)b
4) FEW LAST THINGS TO DO BEFORE BOARDING ⚠️
✅ You can book some of the activities or paid restaurants on your App. However most of the fun activities can only be booked once you are onboard.
✅ Ensure you have received SARS-CoV-2 (rtPCR) negative test result on your TrustOne App.
✅ Download TraceTogether App or bring your TraceTogether token which will be required onboard for checking in the activities or restaurants.
✅ Answer required Health Questions and read/listen to Safety Information on Royall Caribbean Mobile App before check in.
✅ Bring passport, your smart phone, IC, SetSail pass, TT App/token and other necessary items with you handy at all times. Also, make sure your body temperature is not higher than 37.5 °C and have not been travelled outside Singapore in the last 14 days.
✅ Arrive at the terminal at your selected check-in time, together with your stateroommate / travelling buddies.
✅ You are free to choose either bring the hand-luggage yourself to your stateroom, or check them in.
✅ When checking at the terminal the staff will give each passenger a weird-looking blue bracelet/watch to track your movement, called Tracelet. You are not 100% sure how it works but required to wear it at all times anyway.
ALL ABOARD! ☆*:.｡.o(≧▽≦)o.｡.:*☆