HomeTeamNS members and their loved ones celebrated Valentine’s Day on the high seas.
TEXT: ADLINA ADAM
PHOTOS: CLAIRE GAN, SIM JOO JIN, & CHENG CHEE WEE
From 14 to 17 February 2022, HomeTeamNS members and their families boarded a Royal Caribbean cruise to nowhere for a long-awaited and well-deserved vacation. The members had a fun and relaxing time as they enjoyed a variety of activities, from rock-climbing and bumper cars rides to live performances. Another 4D3N cruise set sail on 14 March 2022.
HomeTeamNS members — Mr Sim Joo Jin, Ms Claire Gan and Mr Cheng Chee Wee — share their getaway memories with Frontline.
GOING BACK TO THE HIGH SEAS
As the COVID-19 restrictions on travel eased up, members were ready to pack their bags and soak in some Vitamin-sea.
HomeTeamNS member Ms Claire Gan and her family usually went on annual overseas trips before the pandemic struck. Although this cruise sailed within Singapore waters, she felt that it was the next best thing. “It felt really liberating to pack for a trip, carry our luggage and go through Immigration,” she said.
A VACATION TO REMEMBER
The Sea-nic Getaway was more than just a cruise to nowhere. Many HomeTeamNS members celebrated significant milestones and anniversaries during the trip. Mr Cheng Chee Wee and his wife commemorated the 20th anniversary of their first Valentine Day’s date. On that first outing, he had taken her on a two-hour cruise around Singapore. This time, he extended the date to a three-day cruise.
For Mr Sim Joo Jin, besides celebrating their love, the cruise was an opportunity to announce his wife’s pregnancy with their second baby to his friends.
ACTIVITIES FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART
The Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas offers exciting activities and facilities from stem to stern. From live performances to all-weather entertainment, there was something for every age group.
While Mr Sim buckled up and took the bumper cars for a spin, Mr Cheng enjoyed a dip in the Solarium pool with his wife. Ms Gan went head-to-head with her family in a game of Pickleball at Seaplex, the largest indoor active space at sea.
After a fruitful day, the holidaymakers unwound with dazzling performances and shows such as Sequins & Feathers, and other original Royal Caribbean productions featuring contemporary dances, headline musical acts, high diving, aerial acrobatics and more.
ONWARD WITH MORE HOMETEAMNS EVENTS
For the members, the cruise sparked memories of previous HomeTeamNS events that they have attended. Among these was the Family Day at Universal Studios Singapore (USS) in 2019 where the entire theme park was booked for HomeTeamNS members and their families.
One of Ms Gan’s fondest memories occurred when all the members gathered at the Water World theatre and did a Kallang Wave together.
“What I enjoy is the kampung spirit where you can engage in family activities and bump into our Home Team friends in an exclusive members-only event,” says Mr Cheng.
HomeTeamNS members can keep their eyes peeled for the latest updates on the next exclusive event with Royal Caribbean International’s Spectrum of the Seas Cruise on HomeTeamNS’ Facebook Page or website.