ASIA FIRST: The government had hoped for a world first, but a German cruise liner left Hamburg on Friday night on a weekend ‘trip to nowhere’ in the North Sea
Date: Jul 27, 2020
By: Lin Hsin-han and Hsiao Yu-hsin / Staff reporters
A German vessel, the TUI’s Mein Schiff 2, set sail from Hamburg late on Friday night on a three-night North Sea cruise, beating Taiwan to the industry bragging rights.
Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) and Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) attended a news conference in Keelung to launch the Explorer Dream’s voyage.
Chen, who also heads the nation’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), said that while people want to travel abroad, easing the nation’s travel restrictions must be done cautiously and “step by step.” [FULL STORY]