Asia’s first premium cruise brand launches in 2016


This year will see the launch of Asia’s first premium cruise brand, Dream Cruises. Owned by Genting Hong Kong, it will slip neatly between the group’s popular Star Cruises and luxury Crystal Cruises.

The first Dream Cruises ship, Genting Dream, will debut in November and sister-ship World Dream will set sail in November 2017.

Genting, the global cruise, gaming and hospitality conglomerate announced Dream Cruises last year and began construction of its ships in December.

Genting Dream will accommodate up to 3,400 guests and 2,000 crew. It will boast two exclusive floors of Dream Suites, measuring 32 to 183 square metres, with European butler service and special privileges. There will be a range of other cabins and suites to cater to the needs of an array of different travellers, from staterooms with private balconies to more than 100 connecting rooms for larger extended families.

Genting Dream will have more than 35 restaurants and bars with a focus on Asian food, specifically for Chinese guests. There will be dining experiences from the regional cuisines of China as well as favourites from regions such as Japan, Southeast Asia and the Mediterranean. Venues include the famous Zouk nightclub, which is one of Singapore’s biggest and most popular venues.

There will also be a big choice of activities on board Genting Dream with plenty of recreation and enrichment venues including a variety of pools, six water slides, a wrap-around promenade, playrooms, a rope-climbing course, a bowling alley, mahjong and card rooms, and duty-free shopping. Daily activities will include classes from wine tasting to motivational speakers.

The ship will also have a number of health and wellness facilities with state-of-the-art Asian and Western spas, a beauty salon, barbershop and health club.

Genting Dream will set sail in November this year. The ship will be homeported in Hong Kong and Guangzhou and offer weekly voyages to Naha and Miyakojima in Japan; Halong Bay, Danang, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam; and Hong Kong and Sanya in China.

The Hong Kong homeport will feature a seven-night itinerary calling at Guangzhou, Halong Bay, Danang, Sanya and either Shenzhen or Zhuhai using Nansha Port.

World Dream’s confirmed homeport and itineraries will be released towards the end of this year.