Royal Caribbean extends cruises to nowhere on Quantum of the Seas till October 2021

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Quantum of the Seas will continue sailing from Singapore until October at least. Here's the latest dates, and how to score a discount.

Royal Caribbean recently announced that it would extend its cruise to nowhere sailings on Quantum of the Seas till October 2021, making it an 11-month sailing season out of Singapore (and counting). 

I’ve sailed twice on Quantum already, and can say it’s a pretty spectacular experience. The best analogy I could give is that of a giant floating theme park, where all your food, activities and entertainment come included. It’s no substitute for flying, of course, but still offers the kind of “out of Singapore” escapism that staycations simply can’t provide. 

Royal Caribbean has now released its updated cruising schedule till October, so let’s take a look at the dates as well as potential discounts. 

Royal Caribbean Cruise to Nowhere

Royal Caribbean Cruise to Nowhere: July to October schedule

Here’s the cruise schedule from July to August:

 3 Nights4 Nights
July5th, 12th, 19th, 26th1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
August2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
September6th, 13th, 20th, 27th2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
October4th, 11th, 18th7th, 14th

While Quantum of the Seas does have 2-night sailings (which, in my opinion, are way too short), they’re absent from July onwards. The last scheduled 2-night cruise is on 1 June, and subsequently, Quantum will be doing non-stop 3 and 4-night voyages. 

Officially, cruise capacity remains capped at 50%, but don’t count on that remaining for long. The cruises thus far have been uneventful, and when I did my second sailing in March, it was clear that restrictions had been loosened since January (no more post-cruise COVID test, no need to flash the TraceTogether app everywhere on the boat). 

Everything points to higher capacity cruises in the near future, and Royal Caribbean is certainly going to be pushing for it. As per their CEO in a February investor call:

So, what we’ve started within Singapore in terms of protocols already being reviewed and there’s in the coming weeks we expect some of those protocols to be changed. For example, load factor constraint at the beginning of our Singapore operations was capped at 50%. We’re now in discussions about increasing that cap to 65% in the coming weeks and some of the testing regimes have changed.

I think it’s still worth cruising even at 65% capacity, but you’ll need to be a lot more strategic with how you plan your activities and dining. 

What discounts are on offer?

Royal Caribbean is continuing to offer 50% off fares and up to S$300 in further savings, something they’ve been doing pretty much continuously since December. 

However, it’s possible to score some additional discounts with HSBC cards and AIA Vitality. Do note that with HSBC, you can’t pre-select your stateroom, while with AIA Vitality you can.  (edit: perhaps that’s changed- see comments section). Why that should be the case I have no idea, but if you’re particular about location (see this post for more details on choosing a cabin), take note. 

You can also get some bonus onboard credits if you’re a Royal Caribbean shareholder. 

HSBC: 5% off

HSBC is offering 5% off the 1st and 2nd guests on any Balcony and Deluxe stateroom bookings. To take advantage of this offer, you’ll need to book via walk-in (Royal’s offices at at 3 Anson Road, #130-2 Springleaf Tower), phone or email ([email protected]); you will not be able to enjoy this discount on the website. 

The obvious card of choice will be the HSBC Revolution, which will earn 4 mpd on cruise transactions, up to S$1,000 per month. 

AIA Vitality: Up to 50% off

AIA Vitality members will enjoy up to a 50% discount on Royal Caribbean cruise fares (and yes, this further stacks with the 50% off being offered online). 

This benefit can be enjoyed a maximum of once per year, and given that the baseline Vitality discount is 10%, it even makes sense to sign up for one month (S$8) just to use the discount (you can cancel in the subsequent month). 

Just like the HSBC discount, you’ll need to email [email protected] to make your booking.  

Royal Caribbean shareholders: US$50 bonus credit

If you hold at least 100 Royal Caribbean shares (NYSE: RCL), you’ll receive onboard credits as follows:

  • 5 nights or less: US$50 per stateroom
  • 6-13 nights: US$100 per stateroom
  • 14 nights or more: US$250 per stateroom

Since the cruises to nowhere don’t go beyond 4 nights, you’re looking at US$50. To claim this benefit, send the following information to [email protected]

  • Name
  • Address
  • Royal Caribbean confirmation number
  • Ship name
  • Sailing date
  • Copy of current brokerage statement (60-90 days) or trade confirmation (30-60 days)

Alternatively, you can fill out an online form via this link. There is no limit to the number of times this benefit can be used each year, but requests must be sent at least 2-3 weeks prior to sailing.

Conclusion

Quantum of the Seas bumper cars
Bumper cars on Quantum of the Seas

While Voyager of the Seas is tentatively scheduled to come to Singapore at the end of the year, I’d take the schedule beyond October with a liberal pinch of salt. A lot depends on when cruises restart elsewhere around the globe, which in turn depends on the pace of vaccination. 

If you want to get out of Singapore without serving a SHN, this is pretty much the only option at the moment. For those who can’t decide between Royal Caribbean and Dream Cruises, check out my comparison article, as well as the full reports below. 

🚢 Cruise to Nowhere: Dream Cruises
🚢 Cruise to Nowhere: Royal Caribbean
Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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UK_ship

I booked over the phone with the HSBC discount and they offered me a choice of staterooms so I don’t think its an issue if you want something particular. Apparently it also stacked with my $50 return cruise credit as a gold member.

Gwen

I was also able to choose my stateroom under the HSBC booking.

I think you got lucky, I tried asking over the email and phone call and the staff said either hsbc 5% discount OR USD$50 onboard cruise credit for gold member. Cannot combine. I chose hsbc discount since it is >USD $50.

Not much benefit now for gold member.

UK_ship

I guess I’ll find out when I board if the $50 credit is actually there… guess can always go to concierge and argue the case as I assume they won’t know we got the HSBC discount yet will see we are gold.

Boon

Hi, may I ask, if I book via email using the AIA vitality discount, what credit card should I use? Because I’m not sure if that will be processed online. Also if my total bill is more than SGD1000, would it be better to use a different credit card than the HSBC Revolution card since it has a cap of $1000/month for 4mpd? Does cruise booking fall under travel category for credit cards? If yes, will the DBS Altitude or UOB Prvi miles card be better than the HSBC Revolution card if the spending is say SGD2000?

Zezima

RCCL sailings has extended to Feb 2022, and I have booked one (4N) on Jan 2022.
This will be my very first time on this cruise line though.

I have done Dream Cruises before via free cabins given by RWAS during pre-covid. The vessel was Genting Dream last time.

World Dream (WD) and Genting Dream (GD) there are slight differences though. (e.g WD has VR experience, GD has bowling alleys, WD produces Dream Boys show, GD produces Dream Girls show). The rest of both ships are generally the same (LIDO, Dream Dining Room etc).

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