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Taiwan first to reopen cruise travel in the world amid coronavirus pandemic

Taiwan has allowed the operation of the cruise ship Explorer Dream which already docked at the Keelung port on Tuesday (June 30), making it the first country to reopen domestic cruise tourism amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The ship, which is a part of the Dream Cruises brand owned by the Hong Kong-based Genting Cruise Lines, is set to travel from Keelung to Kinmen, Matsu, and Penghu starting July 26.

According to the Maritime and Port Bureau, the Explorer Dream's 588 crew member coming from 21 different countries excluding Taiwan, will undergo a 14-day quarantine and must each receive a negative nucleic acid test result before proceeding with their operation.

The ship will also implement strict hygiene, disinfection, and disease control practices onboard for the safety of the crew and the travelers. It will also be expected to limit its capacity from 3,630 to no more than 1,800 passengers at the early stages of its operation.

Taiwan first imposed a ban  on international cruise liners on Feb. 6. Due to the slowing infections in the country, the Maritime and Port Bureau announced on June 9 that eight domestic cruise liners, including Explorer Dream and SuperStar Aquarius, may apply to again make port calls in Taiwan.

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