Star Cruises Presented with the Special Award for Community Care
at the Singapore Tourism Awards 2021
Recognising Star Cruises’ pioneering role and contributions in 2020 to temporarily house Singapore’s recovered COVID-19 migrant workers in the fight against the pandemic
The Voice of Chandigarh News | Travel Trade Reporter:
Genting Cruise Lines is pleased to announce that Star Cruises was presented with the Special Award for Community Care, by the Guest of Honour, Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Gan Kim Yong at this year’s Singapore Tourism Awards 2021 for its pioneering and key role in providing temporary housing for over 8,000 recovered COVID-19 migrant workers aboard it ships, SuperStar Gemini and SuperStar Aquarius last year, from 29 Apr – 30 Sep 2020 (5 months). The only two vessels in the world to be successfully repurposed to provide temporary accommodations for recovered COVID-19 migrant workers, Star Cruises set a new milestone for Singapore and globally, as well as for the cruise industry in its joint-effort to fight against the pandemic.
“On behalf of Genting Cruise Lines and Star Cruises, we are deeply honoured by today’s recognition. We are proud to be given the opportunity to serve Singapore, our first and longest homeport in the region and to be part of this meaningful joint initiative, which was conducted successfully last year on SuperStar Gemini and SuperStar Aquarius,” said Mr. Michael Goh, Head of International Sales, Genting Cruise Lines. “We would also like to thank Singapore Tourism Board, the local government agencies and SATS-Creuers Cruise Services for their constant support, assistance and guidance throughout this special project, which had enabled us to lend our respective expertise and further build new valuable experience to adapt in this highly evolving landscape,” added Mr Michael Goh.
Meeting Singapore’s strict requirements for this first-of-a-kind special initiative last year, Star Cruises was able to participate and effectively contribute towards creating an alternative accommodation option for Singapore to temporarily house its recovered COVID-19 migrant workers in a safe and comfortable environment on board the two ships. From this learning experience, Genting Cruise Lines had created a positive opportunity to implement enhanced safety and preventive measures across its fleet, which formed the initial foundation for many of its current protocols.
“We are proud and excited that our journey with Singapore continues to flourish as we charter new waters and further create new milestones together, especially in igniting the cruise and overall tourism sector domestically. With Singapore Tourism Board at the forefront, Genting Cruise Lines had also taken the pioneering role as the first cruise line to launch safe cruises from Singapore in early November 2020 with World Dream under our Dream Cruises brand. Since then, World Dream had welcomed over 135,000 guests with close to 110 sailings to date, garnering tremendous positive feedback from our guests and on social media,” said Mr Michael Goh.
Throughout Genting Cruise Lines’ deployment in Singapore, Dream Cruises has demonstrated stringent preventive measures and protocols aboard World Dream, as the safety and well-being of its guests and crew are its number one priority.
Complementing the enhanced safety and precautionary measures, World Dream also continues to offer innovative and exciting offerings as part of its 2-Night and 3-Night Super Seacation cruise itineraries. These include exciting “Around the World” thematic cruises specially curated to bring cultural activities and cuisine from popular global destinations aboard the ship, such as “Rhythm of Korea”, “Amazing Thailand” and “Wonders of Japan” that is currently ongoing until 18 September 2021. “Wonders of Japan” promises a unique experience like no other with the breathtaking torii tunnel surrounded by pink Sakura trees, the mesmerizing Hokkaido inspired lavender field at sea, fun-filled Japanese activities and tantalizing Japanese cuisine, including the use of the finest Okinawa Wagyu beef and more. In addition, a variety of favourite Asian and International cuisine are available, including certified Halal and Vegetarian cuisine. Guests can enjoy these on board offerings with the option to retreat to the Palace suites – ‘a-ship-within-a-ship’ enclave with personal 24-hour butler service, as well as private and exclusive amenities.
“As we move ahead together, Genting Cruise Lines will continue to work hand-in-hand with the respective local bodies and authorities in revitalising the cruise tourism industry in Singapore, as well as continue to provide safe cruises in line with the prevailing national guidelines and international standards,” added Mr. Goh. “We are looking forward to welcoming more Singapore residents on board World Dream throughout the year and the near future.”