Things are hotting up in Asia. Genting Hong Kong have announced a new premium cruise brand to be based in Asia. With two ships already ordered and under construction at Meyer Werft in Germany, Genting is looking at tapping into the premium cruise market.
The brand Dream Cruises will have two ships arriving in the next 24 months. First, Genting Dream at 151,000 tonnes will debut in November 2016, followed by a sister ship World Dream in November 2017.
Genting Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay announced that the ships are the only purpose-built premium category ships for the Asian and more specifically, Chinese market. They will be the most spacious ships in Asia Pacific and provide the highest level of guest service for the region.
Genting Dream, the first of the two ships will take 3,400 passengers with a unusually high number of crew (2,000) – giving a much higher passenger:crew ratio than usual in the large cruise ship sector. The ship will also have two exclusive decks of “Dream Suites”, measuring 32 to 183sq metres with complimentary butler service and other special privileges. Over 70 percent of the ship’s staterooms will offer private balconies and more than 100 of the staterooms will be inter-connecting, for the larger travel groups.
Genting Dream is scheduled to homeport in Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Sanya from November 2016.