Genting Cruise Lines has announced that Dream Cruises will restart cruise operations from 26 July amid the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic.

Dream Cruises will be the first cruise company to restart services after the lockdown due to Covid-19.

It will operate the Explorer Dream ship on a two and three-night ‘Taiwan Island-Hopping’ itineraries.

The ship will depart from Keelung and will stop at Penghu, Matzu and Kinmen islands.

Genting Hong Kong CEO and chairman Tan Sri KT Lim said: “After months of detailed planning with the authorities to ensure the safety and health of guests and crew, we appreciate the approval of Explorer Dream resuming cruise operations in Taiwan.

“Dream Cruises will be the first cruise line in the world to begin sailing after the global cruise industry was shut down due to the pandemic.”

“Our new standard operating procedures to ensure passenger safety draws on our first-hand experience from the charter of two of our ships in Singapore to house foreign workers and cooperating with DNV GL, the world’s largest classification society, for Explorer Dream to receive the world’s first ‘Certification in Infection Prevention for the Marine industry (CIP-M)’.”

Explorer Dream has been thoroughly deep cleaned and strict quarantine procedures were observed for the crew.

The crew on the ship will be those who were quarantined for the previous three months and will also have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine when they arrive at Keelung on 30 June.

After they test negative, they will have to undergo another seven-day quarantine.

Additionally, the ship will adhere to strict health screening processes and guidelines for embarkation and disembarkation.

Additionally, social distancing measures will also be implemented onboard.

The cruise ship operator has also implemented sanitisation and disinfection along with enhanced hygiene practices for guest cabins and other areas of the ship.