Adding to the burgeoning success of the Chinese cruise market, one of the country’s newest cruise lines, Dream Cruises, has unveiled its new-build ship to journalists for the first time this September.
Owned by Genting Hong Kong, and subsequently christened Genting Dream as a nod to the organisation; the new 150,000-ton ship is just 30 days away from delivery. The ship, which is around 90% of the way through its build, was unveiled to the world’s press at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, ahead of it leaving the yard for conveyance — the traditional final step in the German shipbuilding process.
Dream Cruises is a relatively new cruise line, created by Genting Hong Kong to take advantage of China’s growing demand for cruise ships and itineraries. Aside from Genting Dream, the cruise line has one other identical ship set for delivery in 2017. According to its company executives at Hong Kong Genting, Dream Cruises sits between its mass market Star Cruises and luxury lifestyle brand Crystal Cruises — offering an upmarket cruise experience for Asian and Australian cruise travellers.
Thatcher Brown, company president of Dream Cruises, said: “Dream Cruises is Asian at heart and international in spirit”.
Members of the press were given the exclusive opportunity to take a tour of Dream Cruises before the ship is sent off for its final conveyance on the German river of Ems. In terms of décor, design and services, many remarked that Genting Dream is similar to Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway class of ships — creating an immediate sense of comfort, space and luxury. Of course, Genting Hong Kong used to be a major owner of Norwegian Cruise Line, and is thought to be partly responsible for the birth of “Freestyle Cruising” — explaining the similarities with the Breakaway class.
When Genting Dream is officially launched in a month’s time, it will sail to the region of Guangzhou in southern China, via ports on the Mediterranean, the Baltic and India. When it finally reaches China, it will offer a selection of itineraries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
Genting Dream’s sister vessel, World Dream, will make its debut in 2017, and will be more orientated to global development, according to Genting Hong Kong’s company officials.
To keep up to date with Dream Cruises, as well as the wider Chinese cruise market, check back with the Cruise1st Australia blog soon for the latest news and developments.
All images sourced via Meyer Werft Media Centre