Cruise vacations are the one of the most sought after travel journeys. World over, all cruise lines therefore try to make this journey more and more adventurous, more and more memorable, either with bigger, luxurious ships or till now unthinkable adventures on sea. Going a step ahead, Genting Cruise Lines have introduced the future of cruising with Global Dream, Dream Cruises’ first global class ship arriving in Asia in 2021, at this year’s South Asia Tourism and Travel Exchange (SATTE) trade expo in Delhi. Catering to India’s growing multi-generation travellers who are seeking new travel options, the 20-deck Global Dream will be the largest cruise ship in the world by passenger capacity, accommodating over 9,000 passengers across 2,350 cabins. The largest cruise ship to be built in Germany, Global Dream will benefit from the country’s vaunted reputation for the highest safety standards, build quality, speed, power and luxury finishes.
Prahalad Patel, Union Minister of State for Tourism & Culture, Government of India, unveiled the innovative ‘Spike’ vehicle of Global Dream’s Space Cruiser. Featuring a 300-metre track, the Space Cruiser will be the world’s longest roller coaster at sea when Dream Cruises launches Global Dream in 2021 and will be one of the attractions at Dream Park at the Pier, the ships on board theme park. Perfect for the whole family, the 2-seater ‘Spike’ vehicle incorporates the latest in technology and interactive control, allowing riders to tailor their rollercoaster experience to their individual tastes.
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“With India traditionally having larger extended families and the increasing trend of multi-generation travel in general, Dream Cruises’ fleet of cruise ships offers convenient multi-generation travel solutions through its current roster of Genting Dream, World Dream and Explorer Dream,” said Michael Goh, President of Dream Cruises & Head of International Sales, Genting Cruise Lines.
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As part of the largest-ever cruise line exhibition at SATTE, a full-scale replica of a Global Dream smart cabin was specially constructed for the Genting Cruise Lines booth. Global Dream’s luxurious cabins will redefine the concept of accommodations at sea, introducing the industry’s most spacious staterooms at approximately 15% larger than the industry standard cabins and packed with cutting-edge technology and smart systems. Designed for multi-generation travellers, the cabins can accommodate up to four guests per room via a bed and sofa bed, separated by a thoughtful partition curtain for privacy, and features a unique two-bathroom design to maximize space. For the ultimate pampering, Dream Cruises’1 signature concept and Asia’s largest luxury “ship-within-a-ship”, The Palace, will take pride of place on board Global Dream with 151 lavish suites, exclusive amenities and services.
With multi-generation travellers fast discovering cruises as an ideal vacation option, Dream Cruises’ new Global Dream will join the award winning fleet of Genting Dream, World Dream and Explorer Dream to provide even greater choices and unique and exciting offerings to guests of all ages including the Space Cruiser rollercoaster which will be the main highlight and centrepiece of ‘Dream Park at the Pier’. The first-ever theme park at sea, Dream Park at the Pier will excite guests with a myriad of unique and thrilling attractions for all ages such as the “Bouncy Activity Park” – a massive inflatable park with bouncy obstacles, “Jump” – a special trampoline park, “Wipe Out” – an on board wave and surf simulator, “Little Dreamers Ride” – mini karts for tiny tots in a safe and controlled environment and much more. In addition to the theme park, Global Dream will boast a series of innovations including the largest cinema at sea (8 convertible theatres for MICE groups), the world’s first offshore DFS T Plaza, with a shopping area of nearly 1,600 square meters, the largest variety of Asian and international cuisine at sea, the world’s top 3 ranked club, Zouk, and more.
Recognized worldwide by the international cruise and travel industry and consumers, Genting Dream and World Dream earned high marks in the renowned Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships 2020 guide, ranking 8th and 9th respectively in the “Large Resort Ship” category. Genting Dream, operating from Singapore, and World Dream, from Hong Kong / Nansha (Guangzhou), are the only two ships included in the Top 10 to homeport year-round in Asia. Explorer Dream, the latest addition to the Dream Cruises fleet, also made her debut in the Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships 2020 guide placing 17th in the “Mid-Sized Ship” category. Adding to its accolades, Genting Cruise Lines continued to create new milestones at this year’s expo in India, honoured the ‘Best Cruise Liner’, during the prestigious SATTE Awards 2020.
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Genting HK is a leading corporation principally engaged in the business of cruise and cruise related operations along with leisure, entertainment and hospitality activities. As a pioneer in the Asian cruise industry, Genting HK took on the bold initiative to grow the Asia-Pacific as an international cruise destination with the founding of Star Cruises in 1993. In 2015, to further expand its cruise portfolio in the region, Genting HK launched Dream Cruises to cater to the fastest growing Asian market. The same year, Genting HK finalized the acquisition of Crystal Cruises to extend its reach in the global up-scale market. The three cruise brands are now collectively known as Genting Cruise Lines. This year, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genting Hong Kong, accepted the ‘Breakthrough Contribution to Tourism’ Award at the Singapore Tourism Awards 2019 on behalf of Genting Cruise Lines.
In 2015, Genting HK acquired Lloyd Werft in Germany, which specializes in building mega private yachts and passenger vessels. A year later, Genting acquired another three shipyards in Germany, collectively known as “MV Werften”, to build mega cruise ships of up to 200,000 gross tons for its three cruise brands. Genting HK owns 45% of Resorts World Manila, which was the first integrated resort in the Philippines when it opened in 2009. In 2015, Genting HK bought iconic Singapore nightlife brand Zouk – a perennial top-ten fixture in the annual DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs global poll – further diversifies the company’s appeal to a younger and more dynamic clientele.
Genting HK brings 26 years’ of Asian cruise industry experience in creating its new cruise line – Dream Cruises. Featuring a complete fleet of quality, German built vessels for Asian sourced passengers, Dream Cruises aims to be a pacesetter in the global cruise industry, meeting the needs of the ‘emerging generation’ of confident, independently-minded and upwardly-mobile Asian travellers. Dream Cruises offers inspirational journeys, which are Asian at heart and international in spirit. Purpose-built for the Asian market, Genting Dream, the first ship of the fleet, debuted in November 2016, with her sister ship World Dream joining in November 2017, offering guests cruising from Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Singapore the highest levels of service, as measured by crew to passenger ratio, and most spacious comfort as measured by gross tons per lower berth. Further expanding the Dream Cruises family, Explorer Dream joined in 2019 with homeports in Shanghai, Dalian and Tianjin during summer and Australia and New Zealand in winter. Construction has also started in Germany on the 204,000 gross ton Global Class ship that will join the fleet in early 2021.
Dream Cruises has been recognized by the Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Guide 2020 ranking Genting Dream and World Dream in the world’s top ten Large Resort Ships – the only two highest rated cruise ships to homeport year-round in Asia. Dream Cruises’ third ship, Explorer Dream, also made her debut in the Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships 2020 guide under the “Mid-Sized Ship” category in the Top 20 position. Dream Cruises was also awarded ‘Best Luxury Cruise Line’ at the Travel Trade Gazette’s (TTG) Travel Awards 2019 and ‘Best Cruise Line – Cuisine’, ‘Best Cruise Line – Entertainment’ and ‘Best Cruise Line – Family’ by the Travel Weekly Asia Readers’ Choice Awards 2019 and “Best New Cruise Ship” for World Dream at the 12th Annual TTG China Travel Awards 2019.
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