For the first time since the outbreak of the new coronavirus, a cruise ship is back in service. Located in Taiwan, the Explorer Dream will take short cruises from Keelung port to Taiwanese islands.
The company behind the cruises in question, Genting Cruise Lines, has announced that, after extensive preparations, the voyages will resume in consultation with the authorities on July 26. Initially, it concerns three-day trips exclusively for Taiwanese customers.
All over the world, empty cruise ships are bobbing at sea or in ports, including the coast of Scheveningen. They have no more customers since the virus appeared to spread on ships very often.
Cruise ships were suddenly no longer allowed to enter ports, and it was quite a job for the companies, port authorities, diplomats and ministers involved to find a cruise ship with infected passengers somewhere to open a port. The cruise industry has been flat ever since.
The Explorer Dream crew is quarantined for two weeks before the trip and passengers are subjected to medical tests.
The cruise company Carnival previously announced that it plans to sail from ports in Germany and Italy in August. Carnival, which also owns Holland America Line, suffered massive corona losses, just like industry peers.