RESORTS World Cruises (RWC) will charter a second ship, Explorer Dream, to operate its short cruises to nowhere from Hong Kong in March.
Set to be renamed Resorts World One, Explorer was most recently operated by the now-defunct Dream Cruises, and will be chartered from an unknown buyer.
One will sail two- and three-night cruises from Hong Kong on a Friday, Sunday, and Wednesday rotation from 10 March, before which she will replace RWC’s first ship Genting Dream on her two- and three-night sailings from 17 February to 1 March.
A former fleetmate of Explorer with Dream, Genting will undergo routine maintenance in a dry dock.
RWC has been sailing with Genting from Singapore and Port Klang since last June and July respectively, which it charters from a consortium of banks which acquired the ship in 2020.
One is now expected to become the first cruise ship to homeport in Hong Kong since 5 January 2022, when local officials imposed widespread measures to stem the spread of COVID-19.
Before that, cruises to nowhere carrying only locals had been operating for half a year, starting in July 2021 with Dream and Royal Caribbean International.