More from the Cruise to Nowhere series:
10 things to know before, during and after your Royal Caribbean cruise to nowhere
Cruise to nowhere Singapore guide: Dream Cruises vs Royal Caribbean vs staycation at hotels
Royal Caribbean Specialty Restaurants Review Part 1: Wonderland

The first cruise ship that sets to return in Singapore will be Dream Cruises’ World Dream (aka Genting Cruise Lines) on November 6, 2020 followed by Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas on December 1, 2020 (the first Royal Caribbean cruise to resume in Asia).

While a typical cruise itinerary would involve port calls, both ships from Dream Cruises and Royal Caribbean departing from Marina Bay Cruise Centre will have only sea days and will not stop at any other places due to Covid-19 precautions.  

Both companies have worked closely with Singapore’s Tourism Board to restart sailing and to ensure passengers are safe on board. You can expect strict social distancing, reduced capacity capped at 50%, COVID-19 testing and etc (more details below).

Besides, all sailings until March 18, 2021 are limited to Singapore residents.

If you have trouble deciding whether to go for Dream Cruises, Royal Caribbean, or even a staycation at a hotel in Singapore, here are the essential details that can help you to make up your mind.

The Ships


Dream Cruises’ World Dream


Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas

Dream CruisesRoyal Caribbean
ShipWorld DreamQuantum of the Seas
Capacity3,376 passengers / 1,688 passengers at 50% capacity 2,000 crew4,905 passengers / 2,452 passengers at 50% capacity 1,500 crew
Maiden VoyageNovember 2017November 2014
CostUSD 960 millionUSD 935 million
Size / Weight25th largest in the world by tonnage13th largest in the world by tonnage

Is cruise to nowhere cheaper than staycation?
In comparison, a 3-night staycation in a 5-star hotel in Singapore could cost around SGD 1,500 to SGD2,000, excluding food.

Did I mention, all the meals on board the cruises – with the exception of premium dining options, room service and select beverage – are included in your fare?

Cruise / Room Type2 Nights (per pax)3 Nights (per pax)4 Nights (per pax)Other costsTotal for 2 pax including other costs, taxes and discounts
Dream Cruises / BalconyFrom SGD 419From SGD 669Not availableSGD 60 for Covid-19 test SGD 21 per pax, per night for gratuity2 nights – SGD 1,042

3 nights – SGD 1,584
Dream Cruises / SuiteFrom SGD 1,149From SGD 1,649Not availableSGD 60 for Covid-19 test

SGD 26 per pax, per night for gratuity
2 nights -SGD 2,252

3 nights – SGD 3,574
Royal Caribbean / Interior with Virtual BalconySold outFrom SGD 374From SGD 509SGD 54.15 per pax for tax and port fees

USD 14.50 per pax, per night for gratuity
3 nights – SGD874.62

4 nights – SGD 1,034.62
Royal Caribbean / BalconyFrom SGD 590 (2 Nights for opening cruise only)From SGD 469From SGD 534SGD 54.15 per pax for tax and port fees

USD 14.50 per pax, per night for gratuity
2 nights – SGD 1,293.18

3 nights – SGD 1,054.62

4 nights – SGD 1,224.06  
Royal Caribbean / SuitesFrom SGD 860From SGD 629From SGD 804SGD 54.15 per pax for tax and port fees

USD 14.50 per pax, per night for gratuity
2 nights – SGD 1,757.18

3 nights – SGD 1,184.62

4 nights – SGD – 1,574.06
*Prices are accurate at the time of writing


World Dream’s balcony stateroom. Both ships have similar modern looking rooms

Things to do on board
Now that you know how much it would cost, how about what can you do onboard? This is crucial as the cruise to nowhere will not have port call – that means no stops at Phuket, Penang, Hong Kong, Bali and etc. Fret not, there are plenty that you can do on board!

Here are the comparison of the onboard attractions and facilities between the two cruises:

Dream CruisesRoyal Caribbean
Dining Option13 including main dining halls13 including main dining halls
Bar and Lounges78
Night Shows and EntertainmentYesYes
ChildcareYesYes
SpaYesYes
GymYesYes
WaterslidesYesNo
Bowling AlleyYesNo
Mini GolfYesNo
Ropes CoursesYesNo
ShoppingYesYes
E-sports / game consolesYesYes
VR experiences / labsYesNo
Indoor Sky Diving – additional fees required for Singapore cruisesNoYes
Observation Pod – additional fees required for Singapore cruisesNoYes
Surf SimulatorNoYes
Bumper CarNoYes
Escape RoomNoYes
Casino (common in cruises except Disney Cruise)YesYes

What really sets the two cruises apart

Dream Cruises – World Dream
The Palace
Imagine you’re in a luxury yacht with like minded people, served by attentive crew with impeccable service – that’s essentially what The Palace by Dream Cruises is all about.

On World Dream, suites don’t just mean larger rooms and better perks on board. When you book a suite, your room will be located at an exclusive area for suite stayers only.

It also offers you exclusivity and privacy as this part of the ship has its own dining room, reception area, deck and pools. You will also receive 24-hour dedicated butler and concierge service so everything will be taken care for you while you’re on a vacation.

To sum it up, The Palace is a luxury hotel / yacht in its own within the ship.


The Palace Villa


You will get a dedicated 24-hour butler service at The Palace


The balcony at The Palace


Other attractions such as VR experiences are also available on Dream Cruises’ World Dream


Waterslides on the sun deck

Royal Caribbean – Quantum of the Seas
Unlike some of the other ships on Royal Caribbean’s fleet, Quantum of the Seas doesn’t have offerings similar to The Palace. Having said that, when Quantum of the Seas first set sail in 2014, it was the third largest cruise ship in the world and arguably the most advanced. Hence it is not a surprise that it comes with many revolutionary attractions that were once unheard of at sea.


RipCord® by iFLY® Skydiving Simulator. Additional charges at USD 29 per pax


North Star Observation Pod: USD 12 adults / USD 8 children per pax


Transformational space: Two70 is a lounge with a 270-degree panoramic sea views during the day and a stage at night


Flowrider surfing simulator

Is it safe to cruise now?
With the not so positive headlines involving cruise ships stuck at seas with COVID-19 patients, you might wonder if it is safe to cruise during a pandemic?

Rest assured, Dream Cruises and Royal Caribbean have promised to adopt the highest safety standards, so cruises are as safe as on land (Singapore), if not safer.

Some of the safety measures that will be put in place:

  • All passengers must be tested negative for COVID-19 prior to boarding,
  • Mandatory temperature screening for all guests,
  • Cruises are for Singapore residents only until March 18, 2021
  • Reduced capacity at 50%,
  • Medical grade cleaning standards including frequent cleaning of high-touch areas,
  • Compliance with local regulations on social distancing and face mask requirements
  • No self-served buffet or F&B services,
  • 100% external filtered fresh air is supplied to indoor areas with no recirculation,
  • Upgraded medical centre with isolation ward on board, where doctors are equipped to deal with COVID-19 cases. Royal Caribbean has also said its medical centre has hospital grade ventilators, and
  • The list goes on and on.

 Also, if you are tested positive prior to boarding, you will get 100% refund in cruise credit that can be used on a later date.

On top of this, Royal Caribbean has stated it will cover COVID-19-related costs up to SGD25,000 per person for onboard medical costs and cost of any required quarantine.

Nowhere Cruise in Singapore is the ideal getaway for now
Besides Hong Kong, there aren’t many options when it comes to travelling for Singapore residents that doesn’t require prolonged quarantine.

If you haven’t booked your year-end holiday, a cruise on either Dream Cruises or Royal Caribbean should definitely be on your radar.

If you have trouble picking one of the two after reading this article, perhaps the reviews on Cruise Critic (World Dream, Quantum of the Seas) can help you to decide.

Book your cruise at:
Dream Cruises
Royal Caribbean

More from the Cruise to Nowhere series:
10 things to know before, during and after your Royal Caribbean cruise to nowhere
Cruise to nowhere Singapore guide: Dream Cruises vs Royal Caribbean vs staycation at hotels
Royal Caribbean Specialty Restaurants Review Part 1: Wonderland
Royal Caribbean Specialty Restaurants Review Part 2: Jaimie’s Italian, Chops Grille and Izumi

Sources including photos: Dream Cruises and Royal Caribbean.

2 thoughts on “Cruise to nowhere Singapore guide: Dream Cruises vs Royal Caribbean vs staycation at hotels

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s