CRUISE SAILINGS RESUMED IN TAIWAN WITH FLEXIBLE DINE AND DRINK ARRANGEMENTS
By Susan Lewis
Source: Genting Cruise Lines
Taiwan leads the world in allowing cruise holidays to resume. Cruise ship Explorer Dream left northern port of Keelung over the weekend with a new flexi-feast dining strategy to keep guests safe onboard.
Owned by Hong Kong-based Genting Cruise Lines and as one of the Dream Cruise Line ships, Explorer Dream is currently running two- or three-night domestic island-hopping itineraries visiting the islands of Peng Hu, Matsu or Kinmen.
To avoid passengers crowded together for meals, guests will receive a set of complimentary dining vouchers which can be used to redeem set meals at designated restaurants or as onboard dining credits at speciality restaurants and bars, as well as for room service.
This allows passengers to choose from a wider choice of dining venues than they would normally be able to.
“As we enter into a post-Covid-19 new norm of cruising, the Flexi-Feast strategy will help us provide better social distancing at our dining venues by seating our guests across all our restaurants instead of concentrating on a few inclusive ones,” said Michael Goh, president of Dream Cruises.
“We will continue to adhere to our stringent preventive measures on various aspects of the cruise journey, including comprehensive guidelines and protocols on food hygiene practices and standards, to ensure that travellers will be kept safe and reassured on their cruise journey,”
To highlight Taiwanese local cuisine and drinks, Explorer Dream is collaborating with Taiwanese food and beverage brands including Sharetea bubble tea, craft brewer Taihu Brewing, Tien Hsia San Chueh Noodle and Taiwan’s largest fast-food chain Formosa Chen.
Additionally, all restaurants onboard the ship will serve speciality dishes created with seasonal produce sourced in Taiwan.
The company said Explorer Dream has undergone extensive cleaning and quarantine procedures before resuming sailing. All crew members have tested negative for Covid-19 before departure on 26 July.
Genting Cruise Lines said all places available on Explorer Dream in July and August have been sold out.
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