Genting Dream Cruises will make its debut this coming November and it is due to create quite a sensation. The company’s ocean liner left Meyer Werft, the dock where it has been built, on August 19. Over the last few weeks the shipyard has been busy conducting extensive tests, interior work and machinery trials. Dream Cruises has been commissioned by Malaysian/Hong Kong company Genting and it will be one of the largest and most spacious cruise ships in Asia.
Built on purpose for the Chinese and Asian market, the 18-deck ship can carry 3,400 guests and 2,000 crew members. The 150,000-ton vessel has the highest crew-to-guest ratio at 1.7 of any Asia Pacific ship. Genting Dream wants to symbolize the ultimate in luxury in Asia.
“Being the first company to offer cruises in China over 20 years ago with Star Cruises, we conceived Genting Dream three years ago to be the only purpose-built premium category new build for the Asian, and specifically Chinese, market,” explained Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in a presentation last year. “Dream Cruises’ ships will be the most spacious ships in Asia Pacific and provide the highest level of guest service in the region. The launch of Dream Cruises completes the Company’s mission of having a brand for each of the three major cruise market segments – Crystal Cruises for the luxury segment, Dream Cruises for the premium segment, and Star Cruises for the contemporary segment.”
Over 70% of state rooms will feature private balconies. To cater to the family crowd, the cruise offers 100 connecting rooms. Two floors of lavish suites in the exclusive Dream Mansion will feature European butler service and special guest privileges. Genting Dream will showcase more than 35 restaurants and bars onboard, with a culinary emphasis on Asia—specifically for Chinese guests—offering dining experiences from all the regional cuisines of China, as well international favorites such as Japanese, South East Asian, Italian, and more. The ship will also feature the largest Asian Spa at sea, with a floor space of 1,360 sq.m. As for entertainment, guests can opt onboard activities such as a waterslide park, rock climbing, and even culinary classes.
Genting Dream will depart from the Nansha Port in Guangzhou and its maiden cruise itinerary offers two, five and seven-night to Vietnamese destinations such as Da Nang, Ha Long Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, and Nha Trang.