When you say you want a vacation, it’s usually about getting out of town. What about a vacation that goes nowhere? Although the idea seems strange, the last year hasn’t exactly been what most people would call normal. In an attempt to buoy a cruise industry that was hit hard by the pandemic and travel restrictions, residents of Singapore can now book a cruise to nowhere. But what exactly does that mean?
- What is a staycation?
- What is a cruise to nowhere?
- How safe is a cruise to nowhere?
- What do you bring on your staycation cruise?
What Is a Staycation?
Although billions of people are used to traveling around the globe at their leisure, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on vacations over the last year. To combat the stress and anxiety many people have felt about being stuck at home, people have enjoyed the concept of staycations. But what does that mean exactly?
According to Merriam-Webster, a staycation is defined as a “vacation spent at home or nearby.” Some people take one to see the sights in their community, while others use the opportunity to accomplish things around the house. Many cities and towns are promoting the idea of staycations for people in their hometowns to restore tourism to the area while still keeping people safe from long-distance travel.
Sentosa, Asia’s “leading leisure destination and Singapore’s premier island resort getaway,” offers residents of the island nation the opportunity to take a relaxing day trip without packing an overnight bag. According to its website,
“The 500-hectare island resort is home to an exciting array of themed attractions, award-winning spa retreats, lush rainforests, golden sandy beaches, resort accommodations, world-renowned golf courses, a deep-water yachting marina, and luxurious residences – making Sentosa a vibrant island resort for business and leisure. Making Sentosa its home, too, is Singapore’s first integrated resort, Resorts World Sentosa, which operates South East Asia’s first Universal Studios theme park.”
Sentosa’s most significant draw to residents of Singapore is its location. The resort destination is located only fifteen minutes away from Central Singapore, making it a prime choice for those looking to enjoy the luxury of a relaxing getaway in staycation style. In addition to relaxing on the beautiful sand beaches, visitors to Sentosa can enjoy dozens of different activities:
For those looking to expand outside the boundaries of a typical staycation to something a bit bigger, Singapore’s Tourism Board is hoping residents get on board – no pun intended – with the concept of taking a cruise to nowhere.
What Is a Cruise to Nowhere?
In October of 2020, Genting Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean were approved to offer staycation cruises to Singapore residents. The cruises began in November of 2020 and featured overhauled safety procedures, drastically reduced capacity, and the draw of being able to take a relaxing, albeit slightly modified, vacation. Cruises to nowhere have been popular in Singapore, thanks to affordable prices, exciting amenities, and the opportunity to get out of the house for a little bit.
The cruise experience itself is relatively similar to what you would expect on a traditional vacation: relaxing ocean views, delicious food, athletic activities, and entertainment. The most significant change is that you’re on the ship once you board until it returns to its original port. There are no stops along the way to check out different destinations, no ports of call, and no activities offered off the ship. Although adventures and sightseeing are some of the main things that draw people to a cruise, the ability to leave your house and return to something resembling normal has been a welcomed opportunity for those who have chosen to take on the cruise to nowhere.
How Safe Is a Cruise to Nowhere?
Cruise lines are making drastic updates to their safety procedures, including obtaining a CruiseSafe certification required by the Singapore Tourism Board. The certification is mandatory for any company that sails out of Singapore and details strict safety and hygiene requirements throughout the cruise, including boarding and disembarkation.
In addition, many cruise lines are updating their policies to be more in line with what we expect to see in daily life post-COVID-19. For example, Royal Caribbean is upgrading its heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to enhance filtration. They’re also hiring expert medical professionals to staff onboard clinics and conducting advanced screening and testing, more thorough cleaning, and reduced capacity. Dream Cruises has created similar practices, including a mandatory COVID-19 test before boarding, daily health checks, the elimination of buffets, and electronic contact tracing devices for every passenger.
What do You Bring on Your Staycation Cruise?
If a cruise to nowhere or a trip to Sentosa sounds like a dream, the only question left to answer is, “What do you pack?” You’ll probably only need one or two outfits for a staycation day trip to Sentosa, which will depend on your desired activities. Cruise officials recommend packing light for a cruise to nowhere, so boarding and disembarking are as easy as possible. Here are some of our favourite pieces we recommend tossing in your bag for either option:
- of cycling short for little girls!
Comfortable outfits:Comfort is key whether you’re staying home for a true staycation, taking a day trip, or taking a cruise to nowhere. We love this girls' printed midi smock dress, baby leggings, boys’ printed polo t-shirt, and grey marl sweat shorts.
If you’re feeling stir crazy and are ready for adventure but want to keep it safe, a cruise to nowhere just might be what you need!