2 cruise operators in S’pore say wearing indoor masks on board is optional for passengers

SINGAPORE — It will no longer be mandatory for cruise passengers to wear face masks indoors on board from next Monday (August 29) when Singapore further eases its Covid-19 restrictions, two cruise operators here have said.

In response to questions from TODAY, a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean said its guests will no longer be required to wear face masks while on its cruise from next Monday.

However, his crew will continue to do so.

It will also no longer require fully vaccinated guests to test for Covid-19 before cruises depart, the spokesperson added.

Likewise, it will be optional for Celebrity Cruises guests to wear masks.

However, Ms Susan Lomax, assistant vice president of the cruise liner’s public relations team, said she “strongly recommends” unvaccinated guests to keep their masks on while on the cruise.

“Masks are optional in the cruise terminal throughout embarkation, screening and disembarkation, unless otherwise specified by local ordinance. We will notify guests at the terminal if masks are required,” she said. added.

TODAY also sought comments from two other cruise operators, Resorts World Cruises and Regent Seven Seas.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health announced that masks will become optional in most indoor settings from next Monday, with the exception of public transport and health facilities.

However, when traveling internationally, airline passengers should always wear masks when traveling to or leaving destinations that require the wearing of masks on aircraft.

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