Genting HK’s Dream Cruise makes Singapore its home port
Location will allow cruise to offer different itineraries and call at over 10 ports in Southeast Asia
By Chua Sue-Ann
Genting Hong Kong Ltd’s Dream Cruises’ first vessel, the Genting Dream, is set to make Singapore its home port to access new Asean destinations.
Dream Cruises president Thatcher Brown announced that the Genting Dream will be home-ported in Singapore from December 3 this year and cater to Singaporean and broader Asia-Pacific fly-cruise vacationers.
“It really was an easy decision for us. Singapore is a popular, well-developed, strategic gateway and travel hub for the region with excellent cruise and tourist infrastructure,” Brown told a press conference at the Asean Tourism Forum 2017.
From Singapore, the Genting Dream will be able to offer different itineraries and call at over 10 ports in Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.
The Genting Dream is an 18-deck, 151,300-tonne luxury liner that can accommodate 3,400 guests and 2,000 crew members. Its features include personalised European butler service, a waterslide park, the Zouk nightclub and over 35 dining concepts.
Built in Germany, the Genting Dream is billed as the first cruise line from Asia that caters to the luxury market. The ship made a stopover in Singapore last year en route to Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China.
Dream Cruises senior vice-president of sales Michael Goh said China remains an important source market for the cruise operator but having a home port in Singapore means that the regional market of Asia-Pacific, including India, will also be an important market.
Apart from the Genting Dream, Dream Cruises is set to launch another ship, the World Dream, later this year.