Gambling, pampering and many of the other vices of cruise passengers have been taken off the itinerary, as Explorer Dream becomes the first ship to return to the South China Sea
Taiwan welcomed back its first cruise passengers this week since the coronavirus pandemic brought the industry to an abrupt standstill.
900 guests were present to sail out of the port of Keelung on the Explorer Dream, according to Reuters. Social distancing measures mean this voyage a little over a third normal capacity – though there appears to be no shortage of demand. The company is offering travel-starved tourists their first ‘overseas’ trips in almost half a year, with itineraries to the islands of Penghu, Quemoy and Matsu.
“I don’t worry about the epidemic too much, because I think it is pretty safe in Taiwan,” one guest told Reuters reporters.
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