Mumbai, 29th October 2016 – Genting Dream, the inaugural ship of Dream Cruises arrives at the Mumbai Port for the first time on its relocation voyage today.
The inaugural cruise ceremony was celebrated by dignitaries from the government and industry, including Honourable Shri. Devendra Fadnavis – The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Honourable Shri. Nitin Gadkari – The Union Minister of Shipping and Road Transport, Honourable Shri. Swadhin Kshatriya – Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra and Honourable Shri. Sanjay Bhatia - Chairman of Mumbai Port Trust, as well as trade partners and media.
A traditional Indian “Lighting the Lamp” ceremony was performed by distinguished guests from the Government and Dream Cruises to kick-off the inaugural ceremony in the most auspicious manner.
Guests were regaled by festive performances at the Mumbai Port before boarding Genting Dream for a ship tour of the luxury 18-deck vessel. The ceremony, held in the ship’s 999-seat Zodiac Theatre, was followed by a lunch reception. During the ceremony, guests enjoyed a preview of Dream Cruises’ thrilling signature production show inspired by the hull art of Genting Dream - “Voyage of a Lover’s Dream”. It is a story of love, hope and overcoming seemingly impossible boundaries between a mermaid and an astronaut.
Mr. Thatcher Brown, President of Dream Cruises said; “We are delighted to launch Genting Dream on this auspicious occasion of Diwali. India is a key market for us due to the exponential growth in the number of travellers that seek inspirational vacation experiences. Dream Cruises will provide the Indian audience an experience never witnessed before. Our relocation cruise will feature exciting and highly-acclaimed Asian destinations with ports-of-call at Singapore, Vietnam, and, finally, her dual homeport of Hong Kong and Guangzhou”.
He added; “Genting Dream is designed to cater to confident, independently-minded and affluent Asian travellers. The world-class facilities and the inspirational experience on board will ensure our Indian guests disembark Genting Dream with the most unforgettable Diwali holiday memories at sea.”
Dream Cruises is Genting Hong Kong’s brand new cruise line catering to the large and rapidly growing high-end market in Asia. The cruise line offers inspirational luxury delivering the highest level of guest service and spacious comfort in the region. Thousands of guests boarded the ship in Mumbai for a 2-night cruise to Colombo followed by a 4-night cruise from Colombo to Singapore.
With the completion of the official handover ceremony from Meyer Werft shipyard to Dream Cruises on 12 October 2016, Genting Dream, the first ship of the fleet, began her epic ocean voyage from Germany to Gibraltar, through the Mediterranean Sea and the Suez Canal and finally across the Indian Ocean to Mumbai. From here she is now bound for her dual homeports of Hong Kong and Guangzhou (Nansha) to prepare for her official maiden voyage on 13 November 2016. Genting Dream will debut her maiden cruise itinerary offering Vietnam destination experiences.
Genting Dream is equipped to accommodate 3,400 guests, attended by 2,000 crew members, forming the leading crew-to-guest ratio in Asia-based cruising. Accommodation on board Genting Dream reflects both size and choice for guests with over 70 per cent of staterooms featuring private balconies and over 100 connecting rooms catering to extended families and groups. Another unique illustration of ultimate luxury on Genting Dream is ‘Dream Palace’, a ‘ship-within-a-ship’ with lavish suites featuring European-style butler service and special guest privileges.
Foodies will delight in an eclectic array of over 35 restaurant and bar concepts where they can indulge in the very best of Chinese regional, Asian and international cuisine, with an emphasis on quality and authenticity. The ship also features a 610-metre wraparound promenade which allows for dramatic sea-side dining and lounging from sunrise-to-sunset in a multitude of themed venues.
Internationally-acclaimed Australian chef Mark Best, who is among a distinguished few to achieve 19/20 in the Good Food Guide published by the Sydney Morning Herald, brings culinary artistry to the table for discerning diners through his very first restaurant at sea -- “Bistro by Mark Best”.
Guests can indulge their passion for the finer things in life at the world’s first JOHNNIE WALKER HOUSE at sea which serves as an exclusive embassy for luxury Scotch whisky and is a place for consumers to discover the rich heritage of Scotch whisky.
Dream Cruises has designed and curated a remarkable programme of interactive guest activities and experiences which are presented by a portfolio of world-class speakers, who enthuse and inspire guests with their expertise and passion for their specialist subjects. The programme features epic stories from award-winning travel photographers and iconic explorers of land, sea and space.
Many exciting entertainment options onboard Genting Dream include legendary Singaporean nightspot Zouk, renowned for hosting the edgiest parties in Asia, which will bring its unforgettable parties to sea for the first time. Entertainment under the sea is also possible with two state-of-the-art submersibles on board.
In addition, a plethora of past times are on offer including swimming pools, six water slides, play rooms, a rock climbing wall, and mini-golf. A full complement of health and well-being facilities further enhance the guest experience including the largest Asian reflexology spa at sea, a beauty salon, barbershop, and fitness centre.
Highly immersive ‘retail-tainment’ delights guests with an array of leading luxury-brands and knowledgeable service across a wide category of products, including fashion, watches, jewellery and cosmetics. Highly personalised shopping experiences include special trunk shows, personal shopper and in-cabin service.
About Dream Cruises
Genting Hong Kong brings over 20 years’ of Asian cruise industry experience together with internationally-acclaimed luxury cruise expertise in creating its new cruise line – Dream Cruises.
With a heritage of international and regional cruise expertise embedded in its DNA, Dream Cruises is the first-ever Asian luxury cruise line and caters specifically to the large and rapidly growing high-end market in China and Asia.
Dream Cruises aims to be a pacesetter in the cruise industry in the region, meeting the needs of the ‘emerging generation’ of confident, independently-minded and affluent Asian travellers. Dream Cruises offers inspirational luxury, which is Asian at heart and international in spirit.
Purpose-built for the China and Asia market, Genting Dream, the first ship of the fleet, debuts in November 2016, with its sister ship World Dream scheduled for November 2017, offering guests the highest levels of service and spacious comfort in the region.
Accommodations reflect both size and choice for travellers with over 70 per cent of staterooms featuring private balconies and over 100 connecting rooms catering to extended families and groups. Lavish suites in the exclusive Dream Palace will feature European butler service and special guest privileges.
With the finest Asian and international dining, exceptional service, enthralling entertainment and inspirational experiences, Dream Cruises aims to redefine vacation travel with a transformational journey at sea.
About Genting Hong Kong Limited (“Genting Hong Kong”)
Genting Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong took on the bold initiative to grow the Asia-Pacific as an international cruise destination with the founding of Star Cruises, “The Leading Cruise Line in the Asia Pacific”, in 1993. To further expand its cruise portfolio in the region, Genting Hong Kong launched Dream Cruises, the first-ever Asian luxury cruise line to cater to the high-end market. Recognized as “The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line”, Crystal Cruises extends Genting Hong Kong’s reach in the global up-scale market. The establishment of the German shipyard MV Werften in 2016 will capitalize on the growing demand for new cruise ships and realize the company’s global expansion plans for its three cruise brands.
Initiating the Group’s foray into land-based attractions, Resorts World Manila was the first integrated resort in the Philippines when it opened in 2009. A one-stop, non-stop entertainment and leisure destination, Resorts World Manila features world-class entertainment, unique events, and exciting lifestyle options throughout its extensive premises. Genting Hong Kong’s investment in iconic Singapore nightlife brand Zouk – a world-class entertainment institution and trendsetter in Asia’s dance music scene, and 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.