That travel itch isn’t going away anytime soon, and staycations, being literally just Netflix n’ Chill + atas amenities, barely helps to make it better. So, the idea of splurging on a cruise has probably crossed your mind.
For now, the only companies offering Cruises To Nowhere are Royal Caribbean International and Genting Cruise Lines’ Dream Cruise. But with so many factors to consider, the thought of them may be enough to off-put you from your plans.
To make things easier, we’ve done the homework for you. From prices, room amenities to even activities onboard, we’ve broken down the details into bite-sized pieces for you.
Price of Cruises to Nowhere
For comparison purposes, we’ll use the lowest rate offered for June. However, take note that Royal Caribbean is offering 50% off cruise fares when you make your booking from now till 3 May 2021. Kids who are under 12 years old will get to cruise for free.
The table below shows the price per person, non-inclusive of taxes, fees and port expenses.
*Prices reflected for Royal Caribbean’s rooms are after discount.
(Quantum of the Seas)
Balcony: From S$419
Suite: From S$864
Balcony: Sold out
Suite: From S$1159
From S$21/ pax
(Age two and above)
Included in price
Accommodation for Cruises to Nowhere
Finally travelling “out of the country” will be an exhilarating experience, but it fits no purpose if you’re stuck in an uncomfortable room. Here are what the rooms look like, so you’ll be able to find accommodation suited for you.
Quantum of the Seas
For those who are leaning towards Royal Caribbean, you’ll be siked to know that you’ll be travelling on board their newest ship, the Quantum of the Seas.
Even if the basic Interior Stateroom is all you can afford, you’ll be glad to know that they come with a “Virtual Balcony” — a high-definition 80-inch screen that’s connected to a live camera outside the ship, so you can enjoy the same sights and sounds like someone with a Balcony or Ocean View room.
There’s also an ensuite bathroom and a one-seater sofa. We reckon that this room is perfect for those who’ll be spending most of their time outside.
You’ll get to see the actual sea in the Ocean View Room. Besides getting an unobstructed view of the ocean, you’ll also have an extra sofa to laze on. The room also comes with an ensuite bathroom, toiletries and an in-built wardrobe.
Waking up to the smell of sea breeze with the wind gently caressing your face may be the stuff of dreams, but if you decide on the Balcony Room, it might just become reality.
The room features a private deck complete with a cinematic view of the ocean, and there’s a table and chairs to relax and enjoy a cuppa joe. In addition to the extra space, there’s a sofa which serves as an additional spot for snacking or playing games.
It’s go big or go home for some of us, and perhaps the Suite will be worth going big for. This luxurious two-storey room comes equipped with a living room, dining area and spacious bathroom, so you won’t have a chance to miss home. There’s also a recliner chair for those who want to bathe in the sun.
On the second level, there’s a loft enclosed with privacy curtains. A vanity table is also provided so that you can be picture perfect for the ‘gram.
Dream Cruise’s accommodation selection may be limited, but their rooms don’t fall short. The Balcony Room holds a private deck, along with lounge chairs for you to chill out and soak in the views.
The place also comes with a queen-sized bed, sofa bed and an ensuite bathroom, so there’s ample space for everyone.
This space is titled the Palace Suite and it is truly fit for a king. Over here, the bed is cleverly positioned for you to enjoy the view of the sky, sea and horizon. Coupled with Italian luxury lines and downy duvets, you’ll definitely have a good night’s sleep.
In the bathroom, you’ll find luxury bathrobes and slippers, along with premium towels and toiletries. To complete the package, there’s a personalised mini-bar with a Nespresso coffee machine and a complimentary red or white wine of your choice.
P.S, a 24-hour butler service is also available.
Activities onboard Singapore Cruises To Nowhere
Quantum of the Seas
The North Star is part amusement park ride, part viewing platform — think Singapore Flyer. This mechanical arm will elevate you high above the ship for an unrivalled 360-degree view, 90 metres above sea level. Currently, the Noth Star holds the Guinness World Record for the tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship.
No matter your age, bumper cars will always unleash the kid in you. Besides this adrenaline-pumping activity, there are other family-friendly options such as ice-skating, rollerskating, laser tag, rock-climbing and even bungee jumping.
Skydiving may be on some of our bucket lists, but if that dream seems too far-fetched, you can always try your hand at iFly, the skydiving simulator on board the Royal Caribbean. With no ground beneath your feet, you can float weightlessly in the air and experience freefalling.
This one’s for the alcoholics. Though there are other places to get yourself a drink, it’s a once in a lifetime experience to head to the Bionic Bar and be served by actual robots. Simply type your order into the tablet and watch the robotic arms mix your libation of choice.
16 entertainment decks
It’ll be an irony if we’re on the waters but never in the waters. On Quantum of the Seas, there are 16 entertainment decks, including a top deck featuring a solarium for adults, an outdoor pool, a new indoor pool with a roof system and an H2O Zone kids’ aqua park. There’s also a surf simulator, a rock-climbing wall measuring 40ft above the deck, a spa, a casino, and an outdoor movie screen.
For daredevils, you’ll have a whirl of a time at the Waterslide Park. The slides feature heart-racing steep inclines that will put bravehearts to the test, but if you’re more of a fraidy-cat, there are easy-going chutes as well.
We still can’t go to clubs, but with Genting Dream’s Cosmic Bowling alley, you’ll be surrounded by pulsating glow pins, neon balls and ultraviolet lights. Amped up music will play classic favourites, so you’ll also get to groove to the beat.
There are gyms available on deck, but for some real action, challenge your family and friends at this energy-burning rock-climbing wall. This attraction scales 24ft, so once you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with views for dayyyys.
Golfing is usually associated with a rich man’s sport, so what better way to live the high life than putting your way through a nine-hole course, while on a cruise? Not to worry even if you’ve never golfed before, the course is beginner-friendly, so you’ll have a ball of a time.
Arcades were a great time for the people born in the 90’s. The Dance Dance Revolution and Para Para machines were always the crowd’s favourite. Over here, you’ll get to battle your friends and family and finally decide on who’s the best dancer of all.
Dining for Cruises to Nowhere
Quantum of the Seas
Some of us live for food and may be apprehensive of the available food options. After all, you’re to live in a confined space for days. But on Quantum of the Seas, you’ll have 17 dining options to choose from, so you’ll be spoilt or choice.
The ones to note are Cafe Promenade, a 24-hour establishment that’ll satisfy your late-night cravings, Dog House, where you can pile your hotdog with your favourite toppings and Sorrento’s, an authentic New York-style pizzeria experience with traditional pizzas.
Onboard the World Dream, there are three all-inclusive restaurants, one 24-hour snack bar and 15 other cafes and restaurants. Incessantly looking at the ocean waves may have gotten you thinking about HaiDiLao’s boiling soup, so when you find yourself craving for hotpot when onboard the Cruises to Nowhere, you can visit Hot Pot, a buffet situated on the outdoor deck.
Included in the cruise fare are meals at the Genting and Dream dining rooms, The Lido buffet and the World Grill, with the remaining being additional charge venues.
Cruises to Nowhere comparison guide
To wrap up this article, we’ve included a table of what is included in the cruise fare. That way, you’ll be able to do a fair comparison of what floats your boat better.
(Quantum of the Seas)
Cruise fare is inclusive of:
– Ship accommodation
– Ship accommodation
Cruise fare is not inclusive of:
– Dining in Speciality Restaurants, such as Chops Grille, 150 Central Park and IzumiDining in Johnny Rockets (where applicable)
– Dining in Speciality Restaurants, such as Palace Lounge, Palace Restaurant, Palace Pool Side Cafe, Seafood Grill by Mark Best, Prime Steakhouse by Mark Best, Silk Road Chinese Restaurant, Hot Pot, Umi Uma, Blue Lagoon, Red Lion, Lobby Cafe, Crystal Life Cuisine, Palm Court, Zouk Beach Club, Pool Deck Bar, Sun Deck Bar, Bar 360, Bubbles Champagne Bar, Johnnie Walker House, Mixt, Penfolds Wine Vault, Vintage Room, Tributes and Karaoke
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