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Hong Kong eases 'seacation' passenger caps

Genting Dream in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour.

Revised government guidelines in Hong Kong mean cruise ships will be able to increase passenger capacity by a quarter.

Until now, pandemic restrictions have meant ships must sail at 50% guest capacity. From December 1, this cap will be raised to 75%.

Dream Cruises, which has been running cruises with no port of call on board Genting Dream, will be able to allow more than 2,500 passengers to board each sailing.

“Dream Cruises is delighted to be able to increase passenger capacity on board Genting Dream to 75% and we would like to thank the Hong Kong authorities for providing us with this stamp of approval on the effectiveness of our health and hygiene protocols,” said Kent Zhu, president of Genting Cruise Lines.

Genting Dream has been sailing since late July and in that time has welcomed more than 70,000 Hong Kongers on board, looking to enjoy a two- or three-night ‘seacation’ cruise. Genting Cruise Lines says demand for cruising has remained high throughout this time. The city continues to maintain international border restrictions and a strict three-week quarantine for overseas arrivals. With no border relaxation in sight, a seacation is perhaps the closest many residents have come to taking a holiday in more than a year.

Enjoy live stage-show Verry Christmas on board Genting Dream until the new year.

The cruise line said its Christmas and New Year’s sailings have sold out at 50% capacity and the increase will provide a boost to the holiday season and guests who are looking to book during this period.

Passengers on board Genting Dream can enjoy ‘A Nordic Christmas Adventure’ until January 1, 2022. Festive attractions include a Nordic village and Christmas market and a Santa Express. Performances of the family-friendly seasonal stage production, ‘VERRY Christmas’ will also be available at this time.

“As the first cruise company to resume sailings in Hong Kong, Dream Cruises will continue to work hard to provide residents of the city with the safe and worry-free vacation option that delivers a true ‘get-away’ experience that is Asian at heart and international in spirit,” said Zhu.

Dream Cruises is offering a special Thanksgiving flash sale from November 27 until December 7 with fares from HK$888 per person.

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