"Nowhere" cruises for vaccinated passengers begin in Hong Kong
Cruise ship tours begin in Hong Kong for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic, but these will be voyages "nowhere", that is, without calling other ports.
On Monday, the ship Genting Dream departs from the berth, on board of which there are over a thousand vaccinated passengers and the same number of crew members.
"This marks a step towards returning our society to normalcy," said Edward Yau, Secretary of Commerce and Economic Development of the local government, at the ceremony.
The liner will spend three days on the high seas and, without going to any ports, will return to Hong Kong. All passengers and crew members are fully vaccinated and have reported negative results from PCR tests done within 48 hours of sailing.
The occupancy rate of vessels cannot exceed 50%. The liners are also expected to return to Hong Kong if there is any suspicion of coronavirus. There will be medical personnel on board, and separate cabins are reserved for quarantine rooms.