Dream Cruise Lines is set to be among the first major cruise companies to return to operations when it takes to the sea on July 26.
CruiseCritic.com reports that the company will begin to operate two and three-night itineraries around Taiwan on the 1,867-passenger Explorer Dream.
Genting's CEO, Tan Sri KT Lim, said that the company is returning to service "After months of detailed planning with the authorities to ensure the safety and health of guests, and crew. " He added that the company "appreciate[s] the approval of Explorer Dream resuming cruise operations in Taiwan."
The Cruise Critic report says that Genting worked with the largest classification society in the world, DNV GL, to certify the Explorer Dream as the first ship to receive"Certification in Infection Prevention for the Marine industry (CIP-M)" in the world.
The company has taken numerous steps to help ensure passengers' safety including thoroughly cleaning the Explorer Dream, reviewing all of its hygienic and safety protocols, and ensuring 100 percent ventilation of fresh air throughout the ship, including in passengers' staterooms.
Travelers will also be subjected to strict health protocols including onboard health screens upon embarkation and disembarkation, social distancing, and modified food and beverage procedures meant to prevent the spread of disease.